This Georgia 12-Year-Old Is Already A College Sophomore
By the time he was 3 years old, Caleb Anderson was already able to speak four languages.
September 28, 2020 at 10:29 pm
A 12-year-old boy is already making a splash as a second-year college student.
According to 11Alive, Caleb Anderson has been showing his extraordinary talents since he was an infant, learning to speak and read before the age of one. Now, the preteen is majoring in aerospace engineering at Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta, Georgia.
With Caleb being so young, his dad Kobi has to chaperone him on campus. That means Kobi has to basically go back to college with his son. But the father of the genius understands that he's helpless when it comes to helping Caleb with calculus.
“He has far surpassed me in math, so I can’t help him anymore,” Kobi told 11Alive. "Seriously! He’s in calculus two now!”
Caleb learned sign language as an infant and read the United States Constitution at age two. As a three-year-old, he spoke Spanish, French and Mandarin in addition to English.
“By nine months old, he was able to sign over 250 words, and by 11-months-old, he was speaking and reading,” his family said.
The early signs made it clear that Caleb was destined to be extraordinary.
“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,” Kobi said.
At age five, the special young man joined MENSA, the organization which recognizes people who have an IQ in the top 2% of the world. That made Caleb the youngest Black boy to get the recognition. But the standout student also wanted a challenge as he attended classes from elementary to high school.
“He said, ‘mom I’m bored. This is not challenging. It’s really not helping me grow in my learning, and I think I’m ready for college,’” Caleb’s mom, Claire, recalled.
Looking back at his freshman year of college, Caleb said the new environment didn't come as a surprise to him.
“It was exactly how I expected it to be like, if I were 18 or something,” he said.
The Andersons, who have raised two other children, said there are many more Black children out in the world who are smart as Caleb.
“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 said. “From being a teacher, I really believe that. But they don’t have the opportunity or the resources.”