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Thirteen year-old sues university to enroll in course

Here's a news story about Colin Carlson, a sophomore at the University of Connecticut: he is suing the university because they won't let him enroll in a course that would take place in South Africa. Why on Earth not?, you may ask. The reason is that he is too young, and herein of course lies the really interesting thing about Colin. He is only 13. And the extra weird quirk to the story is that his major isn't the usual math or physics, like savants are supposed to study. He studies ecology and evolutionary biology.
He said that once he's completed his undergraduate studies, he wants a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology and a degree in environmental law for a career in conservation science. He intends to earn the two degrees by age 22.
Good choice!

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