GILBERT, Ariz. (CBS Hartford) — Getting into Harvard University is an accomplishment. Getting into Harvard University at age 11 is an even bigger accomplishment.

Ria Cheruvu, the 11-year-old valedictorian of her graduating class at Arizona Connections Academy, has been accepted by the Ivy League school and plans on going, AZ Family reports.

The pre-teen plans to major in neural cryptography while also studying artificial intelligence; a topic not usually up for discussion with most other 11-year-olds.

“People ask me, ‘How are you going to deal with kids that are bigger than you?'” she said. “I just want to interact with brains that are just like mine and share my thoughts.”

Ria’s mother, Sunitha Cheruvu, says she always knew her daughter was gifted. Ever since elementary school, Ria has been skipping grades and attending accelerated classes online.

To add to this, Ria’s social life hasn’t been hurt by her intelligence either. She has a number of friends in her neighborhood as well as from playing golf and piano.

Because of this, she isn’t too worried about making friends at Harvard.

“My mom has taught me, you can make friends regardless,” Ria said. “Connections are out there; you just have to grasp out.”

Ria will head off to Harvard in the fall with her mother accompanying her.



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