The brilliant pre-teen was the valedictorian of the graduating class of online school Arizona Connections Academy, according to Tucson News Now, and plans to major in neural cryptography when she starts her freshman year.
Her mom, who will go to college with her, said she knew from the time she was nine months old Ria was gifted. By the time Ria was 7 and in the fourth grade, her principal told her parents they should put her in accelerated classes online. As for how Ria will handle going to school with people who are much older than her, she said she's not worried at all.
People ask me, 'How are you going to deal with kids that are bigger than you?'" she told the outlet. "I just want to interact with brains that are just like mine and share my thoughts...my mom has taught me, you can make friends regardless. Connections are out there; you just have to grasp out."
Ria's first courses in her neural cryptography major are neurobiology and the study of artificial intelligence. "I want to study the human brain and how evolution of the brain occurred and just understand how thoughts are formed," she said. After she finishes her undergraduate degree, she plans to have her master's by the age of 15.