13-Year-Old Pursues Microbiology Master's Degree


When I was a preteen, I was busy riding my pony and studying geometry. Thirteen-year-old Sushma Verma has a very different early teenage life. The girl, living in Lucknow, India, just earned her undergraduate degree and is enrolled in a master’s program for microbiology. 



Her story gets even more amazing. Her family is relatively impoverished, and she lives with her parents and three siblings in a one-room apartment. The do not have a television or many entertainment outlets, and Verma has a creative solution to navigating her tight quarters: “There is nothing to do but study,” she tells Huffington Post. The household’s most prized possessions include a work desk and a used computer. 


Her father has sold much of his land to support her education and career, paying much of her graduate tuition. The rest will be covered by various charity organizations. Verma begins next week, but she is already meeting with professors. Verma hopes to become a doctor after finishing her degree (and turning eighteen!). 

Much of the country’s public frowns upon women pursuing careers over marriage, but her father, Tej Bahadur Verma supports her ambitions completely. "There was opposition from my family and friends, but I did not have any option," he explains. 


Way to go, Sushma! 


Thanks to Huffington Post

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