9-year-old genius is graduating from college with engineering degree

  • 23 Nov - 29 Nov, 2019
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Mag Files

While most kids are climbing the grade-school ladder, this 9-year-old Belgian genius is reportedly planning to receive his bachelor’s degree at the end of the year. Laurent Simons is currently enrolled at Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE), working toward a degree in electrical engineering. His teachers at the university are very impressed with the child prodigy, but Laurent’s parents, Lydia and Alexander Simmons, didn’t believe that. After taking multiple tests to figure out the best course of action for Laurent’s education, teachers told his parents that their son is “like a sponge,” which has led him to complete his classes even faster than the college-aged students at the university. Alexander shared that when his son completes his bachelor’s degree in December, he hopes to enroll in a Ph.D. program for electrical engineering. Laurent’s learning doesn’t stop there – the 9-year-old told CNN that during his Ph.D. studies, he is also going to “study a bit of medicine” to earn yet another degree. However, like most kids, Laurent enjoys taking time to play outside of school – something that his parents find extremely important at his age.