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It was clear from very early on that Greek American boy William Maillis was not your average child, and he recently proved that by becoming—at 9 years old—one of the youngest people ever to be accepted into college in the US.

At 21 months old he was doing addition; multiplication, reading and writing at 2 years old; algebra, sign language and reading Greek at age 4; geometry at 5 and trigonometry at 7.

After finishing third grade last year, William then simultaneously attended fourth grade and high school while also taking some college classes and this year enrolled in college full-time, his Dad Peter, a Greek Orthodox priest.

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He’s currently taking a full slate of classes at Community College of Allegheny County as a way to ease into life as a college student and plans to enroll next fall at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

According to the Pittsburg Post-Gazzette a psychologist declared William a genius at just 5 years old. William says being the youngest person in his college classes doesn’t bother him. “I’m used to it by now,” he told People US magazine.

William hopes to become an astrophysicist, and he already disagrees with Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking when it comes to black holes.

His main aim though?

“I want to prove to everybody that God does exist,” he told People magazine.

“I tell him, ‘God gave you a gift.’ The worst thing would be to reject that gift and not use it for the betterment of the world,” says his father Peter.

*Images source People US magazine 

GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.

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