The brilliant girl completed her high school by the age of eight and is currently pursuing two degrees.
It is often misunderstood that people on the autistic spectrum are quite slow to process information, but a young girl from Mexico is here to prove that people with developmental disorders can also reach for the stars. According to PEOPLE, Adhara Pérez Sánchez has already made a name for herself, despite being just nine-years-old. She has am impressive IQ score of 162, which is higher than Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking—people that the rest of the world consider to be absolute geniuses. With a brain like this, it comes as no surprise that Pérez has already graduated from high school and is currently pursuing two degrees; one in industrial engineering in mathematics and one in systems engineering.
Sánchez has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a condition—that is included on the autism spectrum— that can cause difficulties with social interactions, But, despite being a genius, Sánchez was bullied in school. Speaking to the Yucatan Times, she revealed that she was "made a mockery at school." Other students would bully the girl b calling her names like "weirdo" and "oddball" because of the condition. "I saw that Adhara was playing in a little house and they locked her up. And they started to chant: 'Oddball, weirdo!'" her mother, Nallely Sánchez, added. 'And then they started hitting the little house. So I said, I don't want her to suffer."
Because of this, the bright young girl fell into a "deep depression" and she didn't even have the mood to go to school anymore, revealed her mother. Teachers informed her that Sánchez would sleep in class and show a clear disinterest in everything. Since the mother knew just how smart and bright her daughter was at home, she realized the current educational plan wasn't the right fit for her daughter, and so, she decided to take Sánchez for therapy. Honestly, that proved as a blessing in disguise for the family, because therapy is what led them to identify her extremely high IQ and seek a learning environment that adapts to her unique skill sets.
The change helped Sánchez flourish in academics. In fact, she finished elementary school by age 5, middle school by 6, and high school by 8. According to KNSD, she is currently attending Universidad CNCI, in Mexico, where she is pursuing a course in systems engineering and mathematics. Even while juggling her studies, the child has miraculously found the time to write a book about her experiences with a title that roughly translates to "Do Not Give Up". The cherry on top is that she was was even featured in Forbes México‘s 100 Most Powerful Women in Mexico list.
If that isn't enough, the brilliant youngster is also working on developing a new smart bracelet that will help kids on the autism spectrum, like her. According to Vogue México, the device will be able to monitor the emotions of differently-abled children, anticipating and preventing seizures and other outbursts. "I’m making a bracelet that measures kid’s emotions and then parents will be able to see what emotion their kids have by checking a phone, tablet, or computer," the young genius explained. She also gave a presentation on black holes at an event organized by the Institute of Art and Culture (IMAC) in Tijuana where other young kids were surprised to hear her speak.
Sánchez—who wants to explore astrophysics, hoped to work as an astronaut at NASA and travel to Mars in the future— is now learning English because her story captured the attention of the University of Arizona President Robert Robbins. "I was thrilled to read about your incredible story online and to find out that your dream school is the University of Arizona," Robbins wrote in a letter to Sánchez, reports the Arizona Republic. "We have many outstanding space sciences programs, you would have many opportunities to work side by side with the world's leading experts... You have a bright future ahead of you, and I hope to welcome you on campus one day as a Wildcat."