Mexican Teen to Graduate as World’s Youngest PsychologistBy Dania Vargas Austryjak
Dafne Almazán, a 13 year-old genius.
Imagine being the youngest child in a family where your older siblings are both geniuses. What would you think the results would be? Well, for Dafne Almazán Anaya it has been quite a ride. Having already obtained numerous achievements, this year she will be completing her degree in Psychology at the age of 13, making her the youngest psychologist in the world. This beats the record of her older brother, Andrew, who achieved this at the age of 16.
Dafne Almazán is the youngest child in a family where genetics have favored not one, or two, but three genius children: Andrew, Delanie and Dafne. Ten years ago, when Dafne was only 3, she learned to read and write on her own. At 7 she finished primary school, when most children her age were completing the 2nd grade. By the age of 10, she was admitted into the prestigious Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (better known in Mexico as the Tec de Monterrey) for a Psychology major under a blended learning program. This August she is scheduled to receive her last class to then graduate as a Psychologist.
“I really like being a gifted child because I’ve enjoyed studying since I was little,” said Dafne during a 2013 interview with Mexican daily Milenio. “So I moved up faster and I am very happy because I can learn more and more things.”
Thanks to Andrew’s experience, Dafne’s parents found educational alternatives for her to develop her intelligence to the fullest. She was enrolled in the “Intellectual Potentiation Program” at the Talent Attention Center (CEDAT) – an institutefounded by her brother Andrew, himself a childhood prodigy. The center is dedicated to helping gifted children reach their full potential.
Dafné, the youngest of the Almazán Anaya family, would like to continue studying, and has expressed interest in pursuing a law degree, a Master’s degree in Education and afterwards a Ph. D. Her main goal is to help others like her.
“We need to help children like me to prevent them from suffering like my brother did, so they can be happy, like me and not feel like they’re weird or something,” she added during her interview with Milenio.
Dafne was featured on Forbes Mexico’s list of the 5 Powerful and Unexpected Women of Mexico, published in late June.
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