09.17.134:46 PM ET

Indian Girl, 13, Enrolls in Master’s Program

Comes from poor family in northern region.

Sushma Verma, 13, hails from a poor family in northern India, but she hasn’t let that stop her from enrolling in a master’s-degree program in microbiology. Yes, that’s right. Verma graduated high school at age 7, finished college by 13, and is set to begin her master’s studies at Lucknow’s B.R. Ambedkar Central University next week. Her father has sold his land to pay for the tuition, one of the family’s many sacrifices that Verma says made it possible for her to attend school. “They allowed me to do what I wanted to do,” Verma said. “I hope that other parents don’t impose their choices on their children.”