11-year-old boy is now the big man on campus at TCU

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Posted on August 27, 2013 at 10:28 PM

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Carson Huey-You looks like a typical 11-year-old. He likes to play with his friends and speaks fondly of "Star Wars."

But Carson is anything but typical, because he's now a freshman at TCU.

To borrow a line from his favorite movie, the force is strong in this one.

"I really, really, like school," he explained.

Carson was accepted at TCU when he was 10 years old, possibly the youngest in university history.

Majoring in quantum physics, education grounds him. "I like numbers," he said. "It also calms me down like when I'm upset."

Carson's mom is always nearby. "It's not like I'm leaving him here to stay in dorms and join a fraternity," Claretta Huey-You said.

Her son could graduate before he ever learns to drive, but age has never been his challenge.

"When I was five, I was put in 8th grade with people a lot older and a lot taller," Carson said.

But, come on... what's up with an 11-year-old going to TCU?

"When people worried about him going to college at this age, my response is, 'What else would he do?'" asked Dr. Magnus Rigby, an associate dean and physics professor in astronomy.

Carson is the first to admit there are a few downsides to being an 11-year-old college student. Making friends and lifting things are just a couple.

"Mom has to carry my backpack full of books this big," he said.

But Carson holds his head high (even when that's waist level to his classmates).

"I think students will learn from him," Dr. Rigby said. "If an 11-year-old can stand up in the classroom and voice his opinion about things, maybe that will encourage them to do the same thing."

Carson's little brother will also graduate early.

The boys' mother credits God for their intellectual skills.

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