He’s not yet a teenager, but Caleb Anderson is already enrolled in college and is set to transfer to prestigious Georgia Tech.
“Since I was one, I always wanted to be an astronaut. I wanted to go to space and explore, study,” Caleb Anderson tells WAGA.READ MORE: Former OC Rep. Dana Rohrabacher Admits He Was At Capitol Riot
Anderson, 12, is a sophomore at Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta, Georgia, majoring in aerospace engineering. His parents now want a university that’s the right fit for a tween genius.
“We want him to be in an environment where he is accepted and not just tolerated,” says Caleb’s mother, Claire Anderson, tells CBS This Morning’s Mark Strassman.
This elite engineering school is falling over itself to recruit him. Caleb toured the labs and even met the school’s president, Ángel Cabrera.
“I’m not really smart,” he said. “I just grasp information quickly. So, if I learn quicker, then I get ahead faster.”
Whip-smart kids apply every year to Georgia Tech. But no one like Caleb Anderson. He's 12 years old. https://t.co/VZA1QIkqYO
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His parents say they knew from a very young age that Caleb was gifted. By age one, he was reading. At two, he knew sign language, could do fractions and read the U.S. Constitution.
“He’s always had this hunger and thirst for knowledge,” his dad, Kobi Anderson, explained.
The Andersons decided to enroll Caleb in college because he wasn’t being challenged at his Marietta private school and was “bored.”
“It was just work, work, work, work. And, again, I wasn’t learning anything,” Caleb said. CTC doesn’t “see me an anomaly. They see me as a person.”
The Andersons don’t think Caleb is an anomaly and believe there are many more kids just like him who haven’t had the same opportunity.
“They have a lot of innate potential, so let’s foster that. You really don’t know unless you expose them to different things,” Kobi Anderson explained.MORE NEWS: Over 30 Pelicans Found Mutilated On Orange County Coastline
Caleb says he wants to get his bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech. From there, he hopes to continue his studies at MIT.