13-year-old Sushma Verma from Lucknow, India is the youngest person ever to graduate from high school. The incredibly intelligent girl graduated from high school when she was just 7 years old and managed to get an undergraduate degree just months after turning 13. Sushma’s family is really poor : the family of six is living in a single-room apartment and their only earnings is Sushma’s father wage of about $100 per month.The family had to sell their only piece of land in order to pay for Sushma’s school fees and buy a study table and a second-hand computer for her.
In India most families, especially poor ones, choose to wed their daughters at a young age so they wouldn’t have to provide for them anymore. Therefore what Sushma’s parents did for her is almost unbelievable. Their relatives tried to prevent them from selling the land but the father was determined to help his children.
In September 2013 Sushma enrolled in a microbiology master’s program. The girl wanted to go to medical school but she will be able to qualify for it once she turns 18. Sushma is determined to do a doctorate when she becomes of age.
The rest of the fees for Sushma’s education will be paid for by a local charity.