American Caleb Anderson makes a special appearance at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. At the age of 13, he was the youngest student there ever.
Caleb began his studies in aerospace engineering at Georgia Tech this semester. Before that, he had attended Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta for a year, but his parents preferred the college that best suited the boy.
Anderson learns quickly. When he was nine months old, he was able to express himself using sign language. By his first birthday, he could read and by the age of two, according to his parents, he understood mathematical fractions. At the age of three, a test showed that the boy is exceptionally talented. “Here (to Georgia Tech, editor) I’m having a challenge,” said CBS’s Caleb. “I think I am pretty average here. The thing that connects everyone here is that it is very difficult.”
The course usually takes five years, but Caleb may complete training more quickly. He would eventually like to work at SpaceX or start his own company. “I’m not very smart,” said the boy. “I just pick up information faster. And if I learn faster, I’ll be ahead of the match sooner.”
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By the way, Caleb is not the youngest college student ever. This honor was awarded to American Michael Kearney, who received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology at the age of ten. When he was eighteen, he also added a master’s degree in computer science. Kearney made her with this Guinness Book of Records.
Flemish-Dutch genius Lauren Simmons, 11, received his Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Antwerp this year. He finished it with distinction, averaging around 9. Although the course usually takes three years, Simmons completed it in one year.
What is exceptionally talented?
Exceptionally gifted people have an IQ above 145, a strong ability to observe and an enormous desire to acquire new knowledge. They see patterns in a larger whole and can then use them in a different context. This usually makes them real inventors.
For this group of talented people, it is often difficult to integrate existing systems, such as education and business. For example, they skip classes and then go their separate ways. Since less than 1 percent of the population falls into this category, it is often difficult to find people in similar situations.
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