At just 10 years old, Mexican Michel Arellano, a girl from the Mexican Southeast, with an intelligence quotient (IQ) of 158, two points below Albert Einstein, would study medicine at the University of Massachusetts.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Michele Arellano, a native of Tuxtla Gutierrez, the state capital of Chiapas, is considered a gifted girl, present in three out of every 100 children, and dreams of becoming a doctor. Marine biologist and actress, she tells Efe in an interview this Monday.
“My dream is to be a great doctor and be able to cure cancer, autism, a marine biologist and an actress,” she says.
When she was one and a half years old, she learned to speak Spanish as well as English, by age 4 she already knew how to read and write, and is now fluent in French, Italian and German.
He passed his primary, secondary and most recently National Center for the Evaluation of Higher Education (Ceneval) exams to certify his high school.
“I am happy because I have already accredited elementary, middle and high school,” he says.
The little girl will begin her university studies in August, the first two years there will be virtual classes and then they will go face-to-face in the United States, details her mother, Karina Guillen Cruz.
Arellano is also considered an artist, she paints, paints, plays the piano, and has also excelled in swimming, basketball, and has a black belt in Taekwondo among other disciplines.
Despite her talent, she is a girl like no other, she plays with dolls, is a lover of paper origami animals and looks forward to starting her classes on August 29.
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Guillen Cruz, a surgeon, explains that finding and understanding her daughter was very painful and frustrating.
He had to consult specialists, search the Internet for similar cases, but found little.
At the same time, she dealt with the system, as her girl was rejected from five elementary schools in Chiapas because they did not want to accept her because of her IQ, arguing that teachers could not deal with her intelligence.
“It’s not easy because you go to an institution, you find excuses, it’s that and that’s age. The truth is, I put a lot of pressure on,” says the mother.
As soon as a school accepted her, her parents asked the education secretary in Chiapas to move her up a grade, because Arellano was bored in class, because she learned everything in a few hours, she said.
The Ministry of Education agreed: from the fourth year, he went to the sixth grade. Then, with a single assessment, they recognized primary school in November 2021, middle school in March 2022, and high school on July 4.
Kareena says, “Ever since I got to know about the diagnosis, I haven’t let go of my daughter, we are going step by step accordingly, because yes: we have been very careful with her emotional and physical integrity. have tried.” Guillen Cruz.
The two now look to parents of gifted children to guide them and build a support network as the little girl wants everyone to have opportunities to learn.
“That they talk to their parents so that teachers can learn about these children and help them in special classes,” the girl says.