14-Year-Old College Student is Already a Star

By Chris Hassan
Posted April 10, 2013 11:00 AM

Young college student's fame is growing.
Young college student's fame is growing.

Indiana resident Jacob Barnett provides a whole new definition of what a nontraditional college student can be. Not only is Jacob 14 years old, but he is also autistic and considered to be smarter than the late theoretical physicist Albert Einstein.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Jacob is currently enrolled at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where he is majoring in math and physics. Beyond earning a bachelor's degree, Jacob hopes to pursue a PhD, become a professor and make learning math a little less scary for people.

Jacob, who was diagnosed with autism at age 2, has always had a unique outlook on learning. In fact, he had a chance to share his philosophy in a TEDxTeen talk he delivered last year in New York City.

"In order to succeed, you must look at everything with your unique perspective and not settle for accepting the straight facts," read a slide in Jacob's presentation.

More people will be able to learn about Jacob's extraordinary life soon, as his mother, Kristine Barnett, has written a book about her son, titled "The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius." Jacob's life could also hit the big screen in the not too distant future, as Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to his story, The Indianapolis Star reports.

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