A 12-year-old prodigy has been accepted as a student at Georgia Tech as he pursues his dream of becoming an aerospace engineer.
Before Caleb Anderson is old enough to get his driver's license or vote in an election, he is on track to have an undergraduate degree after being accepted to the prestigious school in Atlanta, according to NewsNation Now.
“It’s one of my dreams. So yeah, I am really excited to go there!" Anderson told NewsNation Now on Sunday. "They have an amazing aerospace engineering program."
The pre-teen from Georgia is currently close to finishing his second year at Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta, Georgia, and applied to Georgia Tech as a sophomore.
The other items on Anderson's goal list include a master's degree from Georgia Tech, a PhD from MIT and an internship with SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk, according to NewsNation Now.
"Do I feel like I’m (breaking barriers)? No, not necessarily," he said. "I honestly just feel like I am doing what I want to do. But do I know that I am doing it? Yes. I know that people are inspired by me. People look up to me."
This has been Anderson's plan for as long as he can remember. "It was exactly how I expected it to be like, if I were 18 or something,” the bright, young boy told NBC affiliate WXIA in October about his college experience.
Anderson has been a prodigy from before he could even speak, learning sign language, reading the U.S. Constitution as a 2-year-old, qualifying for the high IQ society MENSA a year later, and learning to speak Spanish, French and Mandarin, according to his parents.
"As we started to interact with other parents, and had other children, then we started to realize how exceptional this experience was, because we had no other frame of reference," his father, Kobi, told WXIA.
The couple also have two other children, Aaron and Hannah, who are also gifted. Joining MENSA at age five, his family said they were told he was the youngest African-American boy to ever be accepted to the program.
"I think people have a negative perspective when it comes to African-American boys," Claire said. "There are many other Calebs out there. From being a teacher, I really believe that. But they don’t have the opportunity or the resources."
Due to his age, Caleb’s dad has to chaperon him on campus, but he isn't helping him with his studies.
“He has far surpassed me in math, so I can’t help him anymore,” Kobi explained. "Seriously! He’s in calculus two now!”