BATON ROUGE, LA — Elijah Precciely, the young Black genius who at just 11-years old was accepted into Southern University on a full-ride scholarship, has recently started his first full semester of classes at the Louisiana HBCU.
Elijah, who is majoring in Physics, couldn’t be more thrilled in his first week at Southern University. And he’s already making a huge impression on campus.
“I’m very excited,” Elijah told local station WBRZ. “I’ve been waiting on this for a long, long time.”
Although he’s much younger than usual undergraduates, he seems to be standing out and blending in rightfully at the same time.
“This is my environment. I love to be up here on campus. I love to learn. But what really strikes me me is when some people think I’m 15. Either I’m a tall 11-year-old or a short 15-year-old,” he jokingly said.
Elijah’s peers are impressed by his achievements. Mubashar Ali, his fellow student who thought he was 13-years-old, said that he was helpful with his classmates and “he knew way more than a lot of the students.”
Another student, Dillon Brumfield, was amazed that Elijah “can fit in, just day-to-day activities. He can do everything that we can do. There’s nothing he can’t do. It’s just like, after school is when it comes to be like, ‘Can he fit in?’”
Despite being named a genius, the university said Elijah still needs support and guidance.
Dr. Manicia Gene Finch, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management, believes Elijah can do great things. She said, “He’s more than just a prodigy. I think he is a young gentleman and a man of the Holy Spirit, and he’s going to fit just as well as he already does here at Southern University.”
Elijah said that he is ready for the challenges that he may face. He said, “You have to have a mindset to actually know ‘Hey I have to learn this, my life depends on it.’ Act like your life depends on it because it does. When you learn, you increase your life.”
A certified achiever, Elijah has already authored a book, applied for several patents, he hosts his own weekly radio show, and he also plans to bring new programs and organizations in the university.