Programming is a phenomenon that a lot of people tend to discuss, talk about being a necessary skill, when in fact very few actually conquer the understanding and learning of any programming language. Many who’ve ventured down the road of learning a programming language often turn back to composite applications like WordPress, Blogger, or others that simplify the development process. It’s no surprise, that programming can give college students nightmares. Computer science in general is considered to be a rather difficult field of study. Most people would describe it as a science filled with complications. And that’s putting it lightly. However, in an age where most 14 year olds struggle to get through middle school, fourteen-year-old Santiago Gonzales from Littleton Colorado is already in college and on track to graduate by 17 years young. Not to mention, he is also fluent in over a dozen programming languages. This 14 year old boy called Santiago Gonzales, from Littleton Colorado, who dreams about programming is quite the wiz kid. In fact, he is a prodigious programmer who dreams in code. His story is one that will fascinate you and instil a renewed sense of appreciation for the power of the human brain.
A College Student at 14
Calling Santiago Gonzalez a genius does not do justice to his unearthly intelligence, creativity and his impeccable skills in programming. There are many 14 year olds around the world who love to study computer science and engage in programming. As a matter of fact, a lot of these kids can probably outsmart college students who are majoring in computer science. However, Santiago Gonzalez does not fall in the same league as the other brilliant 14 year old programmers. Santiago is in a world of his own. He is not just the kid who spends time programming instead of playing a video game. He is the prodigious programmer who is now studying in college at the tender age of 14.
A Job at Apple Awaits
Are you having a difficult time believing that a 14-year-old child is in college? Well, it’s time for you to take a surreal dose of reality. Against all social and academic conventions, Santiago’s parents decided to put him into college at the tender age of 13. He is currently pursuing a computer science and an electrical engineering degree at the Colorado School of Mines. He is expected to graduate with a double degree by the age of 16. Santiago hopes to acquire his master’s degree by the time he is 17. However, that is not where he intends to stop his unbelievable academic journey. He hopes to obtain a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University before joining Apple as one of the youngest and smartest workers they have ever had. Continue Reading
A Child Like No Other
It was clear from a very early age that Santiago Gonzalez would not grow up to become like any other child in the world. When he was first tested by his parents, he scored in the 99.99%. That itself is an absolutely incredible achievement for any child. His first interest was in rocks and minerals. However, unlike other little children who would read children’s books on rocks and minerals, Santiago demanded his parents to buy adult books on rocks and minerals that contained advanced information on this subject. From that moment onwards, his parents knew that their son was a one of a kind prodigy who was set to defy all social and academic standards.
Bored In Elementary School
As the years went on by, Santiago continued to showcase his extraordinary intelligence and intellect in school. He was undoubtedly smarter and academically more successful than any other child in his class. By the time he was in his 6th grade, he became bored to tears of the lessons taught in elementary school. Elementary school math was no longer challenging enough for him. It was as easy to him as reciting the alphabets is to us. He had quickly earned the reputation of being the weird, eccentric class nerd. It was a label that he had embraced. Unlike other children who may have been bother by their uniqueness, Santiago learned to embrace the fact that he is different from other children and that things will remain as such for long. However, that did not change the fact that his days in elementary school were becoming more miserable by the second.
The Perfect School for Santiago
It was in that moment in time that his parents decided to take him out of elementary school in effort to find an environment that will be more conducive to Santiago’s advanced level of learning and education. They wanted him to be fostered in an academic setting that was in line with his degree of intelligence and knowledge. After searching for a while, his parents stumbled upon the Colorado School of Mines. This is an institution which was very open to the idea of giving a programming prodigy like Santiago Gonzalez an opportunity to showcase his talents and shine in the real world. Santiago has found an incredible academic haven in this school. He enjoys all his lessons and loves to interact with the students and professors who are much older than him. In fact, he is currently working as a research assistant for a professor in Colorado School of Mines, who is aiming to use Santiago’s intellectual brilliant in an energy efficiency project.
It is very difficult to comprehend the indescribable talent that Santiago has. It is quite fair to say that he was gifted with the unique ability to excel in programming. Besides, his passion for programming is so intense that whenever he goes to sleep with a programming problem in mind, he starts programming in his dreams. Once he wakes up from his sleep, the solution to the problem is already there in his mind. Unlike most programmers, Santiago does not come up with codes just for the sake of it. He creates because he wants to do so. In his mind, programming is more than a science. It is an artistic medium through which he expresses his ingenuity and creativity.
Santiago’s accomplishments speak for themselves. He is fluent in more than a dozen programming languages. He has also developed 15 apps for Apple devices that are being used by thousands of people today. His ultimate goal is to efficiently create apps and programs that will help people achieve the things that they thought were never possible.