A brainy kid with big dreams

brainy kid

He’s finished high school and has enrolled to study science at the University of Waterloo. Which is not unusual … except that he’s 12.

Yes, you read that right. UW has given a scholarship to a really smart kid from Indonesia who taught himself to speak English and whose first name means scholar. For real.

He goes by Diki (short for Cendikiawan, last name Suryaatmadja) and he’s the youngest UW student in recent memory, perhaps the youngest ever.

“I’m very excited but a bit nervous because of the transition in culture,” he said, a day after arriving in Canada for the first time.

His first impression: “I think the people are very polite, friendly and reliable.”

Diki dreams about inventing clean energy to help save the world, after he studies physics.

“Physics is a subject that can change the world,” he said. He discovered it at 9. He likes observing patterns and contemplating the universe.

By Jeff Outhit



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