Gifted student to enter college early

Gifted student to enter college early
Thanks to Kristina Hu’s academic performance, the 16-year-old high school student is on the fast track to earn her college degree, the Fairfax Times reported. Hu, who is formally in the class of 2013 at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia, will now graduate alongside members of the class of 2012.

However, this is not Hu’s only accomplishment. The news source reported that as an eighth-grader at Longfellow Middle School, the student taught herself calculus and then scored five out of five on the Advanced Placement Calculus exam. That same year, Hu scored 2,330 out of 2,400 on the SAT.

The fact that Hu was accepted at Thomas Jefferson was an accomplishment in and of itself, as applicants to the High School are subjected to a competitive admissions process. According to the news outlet, 3,410 individuals applied to the institution for a spot in the 2012 freshman class, which is composed of about 480 students.

Hu has already been accepted to Harvard University, but is waiting to hear back from other institutions before she makes her final decision.

According to British Mensa’s website, gifted children can have trouble coping with their intellect. Having these youths complete an IQ test for kids may help parents identify their children’s abilities before they become a burden rather than a blessing. 

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