Ten-year-old genius set to graduate high school soonPosted: Updated:
GILBERT, Ariz. -- She's 10 years old, and she's not only heard of the word neural cryptography, she can define it and eventually, she wants to make a career of it.
At only 10 years old, Ria Cheruvu has been going to Arizona Connections Academy for five years, and she's already planning her career.
"I want to study neural cryptography," she said.
Cheruvu plans to get her bachelor's degree before she can even drive.
"I want to go through with that and keep on learning," she said.
After that, she hopes to get her master's degree at Harvard.
"I've had no barriers so far that are obstructing me from reaching my goal," said Cheruvu.
She said her online classes at Arizona Connections Academy have helped her progress through her high school credits quickly.
"The curriculum really engages students," she said.
She said she does schoolwork for at least five hours a day.
"She's moving at a faster pace where we are trying to reach her pace, but to me she is still a baby," said her mother Sunitha Cheruvu.
Mom and dad said they have to study the night before, so that they can help her with her schoolwork.
"We both are guided by a genius," said Sunitha.
Her biology teacher, Daniel Bergher, said he believes she'll be able to handle college next year.
"Not only is she a genius and has a really good IQ, but she's also got the family that nurtures her," he said.
But her parents said it's going to be tough to let her grow up as she moves on to college, so they plan to keep her close for a few years.
"I think the polytechnic campus is small enough for her to be there and get a taste of how the students will be and how the teaching is then she can spread her wings and go to Harvard or whatever,” said her dad Sunil Cheruvu.
Mom and dad said they want to keep her at home for as long as they can.
"My mom and dad are both going to be there for me," said Cheruvu.
She plans to graduate high school by the time she turns 11.