Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico - After achieving a perfect score on his entrance exam, Carlos Santamaría Díaz, a 12-year-old boy from Cuernavaca, today became the youngest undergraduate student to ever be admitted to the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México's Faculty of Sciences in the university's roughly century-long history.
In a statement made last week, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (better known as UNAM), said that Carlos "is a student of high cognitive ability" who "has defied time and administrative conventions" in the pursuit of his biomedical physics degree.
Asked how he prepared to achieve his goal of entering university at such a young age, Carlos said that he always adopts a can-do attitude.
"I also studied on the internet, that's how I've learned biology and calculus but you also need the support of your whole family, [that's the] most important thing. My parents have done more than me, they've prepared everything and I just study and pass the exams. I put in the last little bit to move on to the next thing," he explained. "I just want to study. If they close the doors, I'll go in through the windows," Carlos added.
The UNAM stressed that Carlos will be treated like any other student, with no special privileges or benefits, and that he will be faced with additional challenges every day. "... [he'll have] to fight against skepticism about his abilities and performance, as it will also be the first time that his classmates, teachers and the university community have had such a young student in Puma territory. It will be a collective growth," the UNAM statement said.Sources: El Financiero • Mexico News Daily • ABC News