When applying to graduate school, individuals typically face stiff competition, especially for programs offered by prestigious schools like the University of Oxford. According to the institution’s website, the number of applicants for postgraduate programs at Oxford now exceeds the total for prospective undergraduates.
However, despite rigorous admissions standards and the fact that graduate students are typically older than the average student, Anne-Marie Imafidon began her postgraduate studies at Oxford when she was just 17 years old, the Milwaukee Courier Weekly Newspaper reported. As a result, she went on to become the youngest student in the University’s history to earn a combined master’s degree in mathematics and computer science.
Completing a master’s degree program at Oxford is far from the Nigeria native’s only academic accomplishment. When she was just 10 years old, Imafidon passed high school diploma exams in mathematics and information technology. At 12 years of age, she received a scholarship to Oxford, which was followed one year later by another scholarship, this time to Johns Hopkins University.
"Every child is a genius," said Anne-Marie’s father, Chris Imafidon, as quoted by the news source. "Once you identify the talent of a child and put them in an environment that will nurture that talent, then the sky is the limit."
If children appear to have a gift for learning at an early age, parents may want to have them complete an IQ test for kids to discover their intelligence quotient.