If there’s a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. — Toni Morrison
Every once in a while, you may read or hear about someone who entered or graduated from college at an astonishing early age — a prodigy, if you will. But did you ever wonder what a prodigy does later on in life? Or how he or she reflects on past experiences and choices?
After being inspired by the mini-biographies in Fuji Television’s Iron Chef show, I decided to start a blog about people who’ve had some of the most radically accelerated educations. I originally called this blog Not Just Another Prodigious Face because I want to highlight their individual differences and diversity. I hope to dispel some preconceived notions about prodigies; it’s far too easy to assign some people a label and then assume that they are all alike.
Because of my limited spare time, I’ve made the focus of my blog quite narrow. For the time being, I’ve decided to concentrate on some of the youngest PhD recipients and a few of the youngest MD recipients, not because I consider their qualifications to be somehow superior, but because I happen to have some first-hand knowledge and am especially curious about their experiences. I’ve excluded other types of prodigies, such as music or chess prodigies, because I don’t feel I can really do them justice. Even so, I’ve discovered a lot of people that I eventually hope to interview.
If you know someone who may be relevant to this blog, please contact me. I’m sure there are many people I’m not aware of, especially outside of English-speaking countries. Thanks!