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Brainy 12-Year-Old Starts Second Year Of Aerospace Engineering Degree

Brainy 12-Year-Old Starts Second Year Of Aerospace Engineering Degree

A brainy youngster is on track to get an aerospace engineering degree in two years and is hoping he can one day work for Elon Musk and go into space.

Twelve-year-old Caleb Anderson is going into his second year at Chattahoochee Technical College in Georgia in the US and has already got his sights set on bigger things.

The young genius was knew sign language by the time he was nine-months-old, could read by age one and could do fractions at two.

Hands up if Caleb was smarter at two than you are now? It can't just be me.

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However, modest Caleb plays down claims of genius, telling CBS: "I'm not really smart. I just grasp information quickly. So, if I learn quicker, then I get ahead faster."

He added: "This is my life. This is how I am. And I've been living this way my whole life."

Being so clever hasn't always been easy for Caleb though, as he admits middle school was 'awful'.

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"The kids there, they kind of looked down on me, they treated me like I was an anomaly," he said. "And I kind of am."

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But he's enjoying his time at college a lot more, telling USA Today: "It's really accepting. People might think something about it, but they don't show it which is really nice."

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Although he's in his second year at Chattahoochee Technical College, he and his family now have their heart set on a move to Georgia Institute of Technology or the Massachusetts Institute for Technology.

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Mum Claire explained: "We want him to be in an environment where he is accepted and not tolerated."

Professor Mark Costello, chair of Georgia Tech's School of Aerospace Engineering said Caleb was 'the perfect candidate' for the course and will 'be very successful' he goes.

When pressed on if Caleb has a guaranteed spot, Professor Costello told the news outlet: "I would expect that he would be admitted, for sure." Well, that sounds promising.

In the longer term, Caleb hopes to get an internship with SpaceX founder Musk, speaking to USA Today earlier this year, he said: "When I was like one, I always wanted to go to space. I figured that aerospace engineering would be the best path."

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Good luck, Caleb.

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