Going to university after graduating high school is not unusual. Unless you aren't even a teenager yet, that is.
Meet Cendikiawan Suryaatmadja, or Diki for short. Diki is a 12-year-old boy from Indonesia who is about to become a freshman at the University of Waterloo in Canada. He's the youngest student in recent history, and maybe the youngest the university has ever seen. I mean, it makes sense. Diki's name means "scholar" in Indonesian. Seriously.
Diki taught himself to speak English and discovered his love for physics at age 9. He dreams about inventing clean energy to help save the world. He loves practicing English by telling jokes but his math skills are what impressed University of Waterloo the most.
"He is extremely talented...we just want to see him be successful," said André Jardin, associate registrar of admissions at the school.
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Diki isn't nervous about the academics, but the social aspect is a little daunting. "Sometimes people rarely talk to me, except about the fact that I am the youngest kid," he says. The school is already making plans to help him succeed socially, since academically he'll be fine. Diki will be living with his father close to campus and is already liking Canada.
"I think the people are very polite, friendly, and reliable."
Diki loves jogging, swimming, and hide-and-seek. And he already has his sights set on a place to visit: Legoland, just north of the city. You can take the genius out of the boy, but you can't take the boy out of the genius.