A girl from the Dongcheng subdistrict of Dongguan, Guangdong province was admitted to China’s renowned Fudan University in Shanghai at the age of 14 after earning a high score on the gaokao, China’s notoriously tough college entrance exam.
The young prodigy, Yuan Yifan, signed up to attend a natural science experimental class at the university in September, when most of her peers will be making the transition to high school.
Yuan, a straight-A student, reportedly skipped three grades in primary school. Even as a kindergartener, her reading and math abilities far exceeded her classmates. She’d already received a 677 on her gaokao and was accepted by the university by the time other students her age were sitting the zhongkao, China’s high school entrance exam.
Yuan said she didn’t want to be in the media spotlight, and plans on spending the rest of her summer reading and traveling with her family. Even though she’s only 14, she said she is ready to face the college life.
While Yuan attributes her performance to hard work and a good elementary school education, there’s no doubt that she got some damn good genes. Her father had also been admitted to China’s acclaimed Wuhan University at the age of 15.
by Maggie Wong