At the young age of only 12-years-old, Caleb Anderson is starting his second year of college. Enrolled as a student at Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta, Georgia, Caleb plans to be an astronaut.
Majoring in Aerospace Engineering, Caleb will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in two years.
From there he hopes to continue his education at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute for Technology and eventually get an internship working for Elon Musk.
“Since I was one, I always wanted to be an astronaut. I wanted to go to space and explore, study,” Caleb, the oldest of three, explained.
Caleb’s mother, Claire, said she first realized her son was gifted at a very young age when he started mimicking her speech at just 4 weeks old. She says by the time he was 9 months, he could sign more than 250 words and could read words he had never seen before.
The Anderson’s said Caleb could read the United States Constitution by the time he was two.
His parents said they decided to enroll Caleb in college because he wasn’t being challenged at his private middle school and he would breeze through tests without having to study.
“He’s always had this hunger and thirst for knowledge,” his dad Kobi Anderson explained.
“It was just work, work, work, work. And, again, I wasn’t learning anything,” Caleb mentioned.
When asked what advice he had for other parents, Caleb’s father Kobi Anderson said parents should start advocating for their children’s academic growth in the same way achievements in areas like sports are celebrated.
“My wife frequently says ‘raise the child you have not the child that you want,'” he said. “You’ve got to nurture what nature gives you.”