Child prodigy has big dreams

May 9, 2013



Senior News Editor


He plays soccer and the piano, does gymnastics and sings in the choir. He likes to laugh and sing with his younger sister.


Tanishq Abraham, a native of Sacramento, seems like your typical young boy who likes Buzz Lightyear.


But something else sets him apart from thousands of other kids his age — he likes to talk about the fate of the universe.


At the age of 4, Abraham was accepted into Mensa. Mensa is a high-IQ honor society in which you have to score in the top two percent of the general population on a standardized intelligence test to receive admission.


He and his sister, Tiara, are the youngest siblings to have received the status of Mensa scholar.


By the age of 7, he had already published essays on astronomy to NASA’s Luna Science website and was attending college with people over twice his age.


Abraham said his favorite subjects to do is learn, and in his free time he likes to program things.


He enjoys researching things like anti-matter, particle physics and the Big Bang Theory, and, no, not watching the television show, actually learning about the expansion of the universe.


How many 8-year-old children do you know who enjoy doing this? I don’t even know anyone well over the age of 21 who enjoys researching this in their leisure.


This month, at the age of 9 years old, Abraham was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.


He was the first one to be featured on YouTube’s “Prodigies,” which are mini narratives about the lives of young, talented prodigies who are breaking barriers.


Some of the other little prodigies in the YouTube series include Olympic fencers, poets, an 11-year-old minister and even a 6-year-old artist who has been compared with the likes of Matisse.


When I was 9, I got excited about getting a new pair of Nike socks and watching “The Amanda Show,” not about the physical particles of the universe, or anything remotely close to that.


The capabilities of these children are truly amazing, and the potential they have to expand on their skills is mind-boggling.


But it’s imaginative children like these who allow the world to develop in ways that wouldn’t be possible without them.


If I can’t contribute to the world with a fraction of the type of skills that these children possess, I can at least be their test subject!


Abraham mentioned in his interview that he would like to be a scientist or even the president one day. With the mindset and skills he possesses, he has the tools to accomplish anything he puts his efforts toward.


Abraham said he wanted to make the United States more healthy and efficient. His final thoughts in his interview perfectly sum up his boyish charm and the potential impact he can make in the future; “As Buzz Lightyear said, ‘To infinity and beyond.’ Let’s explore.”


Molly Bowman is a junior journalism major from Shreveport who serves as senior news editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to mmb041@latech.edu.


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