For most students, their first year of college marks their transition into adulthood. But sophomore Caleb Anderson of Marietta, Georgia, hasn’t even reached his teenage years!
Claire and Kobi Anderson didn’t realize how gifted their firstborn was until other parents pointed out his remarkable intelligence. Now, they can hardly believe their 12-year-old will hold a degree by the time he’s 14!
Caleb was less than a year old when it became obvious that he was destined for great things.
His accomplishments include using sign language before he could speak, learning Spanish, French, and Mandarin on top of English, and becoming the youngest African American boy to join MENSA, the high IQ society, at 5 years old — though he qualified at 3.
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The child prodigy started seventh grade when he was 9, but he never felt challenged enough in his middle and high school classes. One day, he told Claire he was ready for college, and clearly, he meant it!
This fall, Caleb started his second year at Chattahoochee Technical College, where he’s majoring in aerospace engineering and mastering math equations most of us can only dream of solving.
That said, Caleb isn’t the only Anderson with a big brain. His younger siblings, Aaron and Hannah, are exceptionally smart as well! Their mom hopes they’ll teach others by example to never underestimate a person’s potential based on the color of their skin.
“I think people have a negative perspective when it comes to African American boys. There are many other Calebs out there. African American boys like him,” Claire told 11Alive. “From being a teacher — I really believe that. But they don’t have the opportunity or the resources.”
So, what’s on the horizon for Caleb after graduation? He plans to continue his education but hasn’t decided between Georgia Tech or MIT. Whatever school he chooses will be lucky to have him as a student. Even better, game show host Steve Harvey has offered to pay for the rest of his college tuition!
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