Tuxtla Gutierrez (Mexico), 1 August. At just 10 years old, Mexican Michelle Arellano, a girl from southeastern Mexico with an IQ of 158, two points lower than Albert Einstein, will study medicine at the University of Massachusetts.
A native of Tuxtla Gutierrez, capital of Chiapas, Michelle is a genius, a trait present in three out of every 100 children, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), and dreams of being a marine doctor. Biologist and actress. , he said Monday in a statement to Efe.
“My dream is to become a great doctor and be able to treat cancer, autism, biologist, marine, and actress,” she says.
When Michelle was a year and a half old, she learned to speak English as well as Spanish, at the age of four she already knew how to read and write, and now she is fluent in French, Italian and German.
He passed the primary, secondary and recently the National Center for Assessment of Higher Education (Ceneval) examination to certify his secondary school.
“I’m glad I’ve already adopted into elementary, middle, and high school,” says Michelle.
The little girl will start college in August, the first two years will be virtual lessons and after that they will be face-to-face in the United States, details Karina Gillen Cruz, Michelle’s mother.
Michelle is also an artist, she draws, paints and plays the piano, and she has also been a prominent figure in swimming, basketball, and a black belt in taekwondo, among other disciplines.
road of effort
Glenn Cruz, a surgeon, recounts that finding the way and understanding her daughter was frustrating and frustrating.
He had to consult specialists, searched the Internet for similar cases, but found little.
At the same time, she dealt with the system, in which her daughter was rejected from five elementary schools in Chiapas, because she did not want to be accepted because of her IQ, arguing that teachers could not handle her IQ.
“It’s not easy because you go to an institution, you get excuses, this and that, it’s that age. I put in a lot of pressure,” says the mom.
Once she was accepted into a school, her parents asked the Chiapas Department of Education to raise her to a higher level, because Michelle was bored in class, because she learned everything in two hours, she added.
The Ministry of Education approved: Michele moved from fourth grade to sixth grade. Then, with one assessment, he accredited elementary school in November 2021, middle school in March 2022, and high school in July 4.
“Since I found out the diagnosis, I haven’t left my daughter, we’re going step by step according to how she feels, because yes: we’ve tried to be very careful about her emotional and physical well-being,” she says. .
Michelle and her mother are now looking for parents of talented children to mentor and form a support network because Michelle wants everyone to have opportunities to learn.
“They talk to their parents so that the teachers know about these children and can help them with special classes,” the girl says.