12-Year-Old Genius Set to Finish Aerospace Engineering Degree by 14
Nothing like a 12-year-old college student who is majoring in aerospace engineering to make you rethink your accomplishments on a Friday morning! Caleb Anderson, 12, has recently started his second year at Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta, Georgia, according to Fox 5, and he wants to be an astronaut like every other kid, but he is somewhat closer to that goal than other kids since he is already studying aerospace engineering.
Caleb says, "Since I was one, I always wanted to be an astronaut. I wanted to go to space and explore, study."
Always has been a special kid
Apparently, his parents knew he was a special kid from a very young age. According to his mother Claire Anderson, he was just four weeks old when he started mimicking the stuff she would say to him.
After deciding Caleb would benefit from learning sign language, Claire got herself a certification in it to teach him. She explained, "He just picked it up, and then he just started reading. By the time he was six months old, he could sign words he had seen."
At just 3 years old, he qualified for MENSA which is a non-profit organization for those who score in the 98th percentile or higher in a standardized intelligence test.
Since he felt bored and not challenged at his Marietta private school, his parents settled on sending him to college. Now, he is taking both his high school and college courses at the school, his mother says. "He had already taken the ACT and those exams, and then we went to Chattahoochee Tech and he took the entry exam. I think they needed a 300 or something, and he got a 275."
Now, in addition to English, Caleb is fluent in Spanish, French, and Mandarin. However, he is still modest. He says, "I'm not really smart, I just grasp information quickly."
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He wants to get an internship with Elon Musk next
On a side to all his accomplishments, Caleb is still a normal kid. He has a love for collecting his Beyblades, saying, "I like collecting transformers. I like collecting these Japanese toys called Beyblades. I like watching anime."
Now a sophomore, he says he wants to attend Georgia Tech and then advance his studies in aerospace engineering by getting into MIT. He also stated that he wants to get an internship with Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, which might happen sooner than one would imagine since Musk is already out there, seeking out talent.
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