A very smart boy is set to make history by becoming the youngest person to study aerospace engineering.
“I’m not really smart,” 12-year-old Caleb Anderson said to correspondent Mark Strassman. “I just grasp information quickly. So, if I learn quicker, then I get ahead faster.”
Caleb is expected to gain admission to Georgia Tech after he surprised administrators with his advanced knowledge and his ability to evaluate and retain complex data, CBS News reported.
The chair of Georgia Tech’s School of Aerospace Engineering, Professor Mark Costello, told Strassmann: “He’s a perfect candidate to come into our program and be very successful.”
Strassman then asked: “Is his admission guaranteed?” to which Costello replied: “I would expect that he would be admitted, for sure.”
Strassman also asked the young boy’s proud parents, Kobi and Claire: “What’s it like to be touring a college when your kid is 12?”
Claire responded: “I don’t think anything Caleb has done has been normal for us.”
At age 2, Caleb knew right away how to do fractions. He also memorized sign language by nine months.
“I have this distinct memory of going to a first grade class and learning there, and everyone was way taller than me, because, you know, I was two. I could barely walk!” Caleb expressed.
Speaking about middle school, Caleb said: “The kids there, they kind of looked down on me, they treated me like I was an anomaly. And I kind of am.”
The tween prodigy has been studying aerospace engineering for a year at Chattahoochee Technical College. However, his parents want a university that is right for him.
“We want him to be in an environment where he is accepted and not tolerated,” Claire added.
Strassmann then asked: “If he comes to Georgia Tech, he’s not rushing a fraternity?”
Kobi laughed and said: “No! We’re definitely protecting him.”
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