As college students across the country return to classrooms for the fall semester, Georgia Tech is welcoming a 13-year-old teen who hopes to major in aerospace engineering.
Caleb Anderson attended his first day of classes at the Georgia Institute of Technology on Monday, the university confirmed in a statement this week. Anderson started his college career as a sophomore after taking courses at Chattahoochee Technical College for advanced credits.
Anderson, the youngest student on Georgia Tech’s campus, called his first day of classes “pretty interesting” in the university’s statement. He was daunted by the size of the school’s campus, describing it as “massive.”
“This is the kind of school I have been wanting to go to for a very long time, and I am finally here,” Anderson, who hails from Marietta, Georgia, said.
Georgia Tech shared a video of Anderson reflecting on his first day of classes at the school on Twitter.
University officials are not certain if Anderson is the youngest student to ever attend the school, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Anderson’s parents, Kobi and Claire Anderson, were on campus with their son for his first day.
“He’s willing to be stretched. He knows how to get back from a punch … and continues to strive,” Kobi Anderson said.
Caleb Anderson was accepted to Georgia Tech at 12 years old. Yesterday, at age 13, he officially began his career as a Yellow Jacket and attended his first class… integral calculus. | https://t.co/JsnDtt1CpW pic.twitter.com/PmB5kQqXOi— Georgia Tech (@GeorgiaTech) August 24, 2021
One challenge has been paying for Anderson’s education. The 13-year-old was too young to receive any Georgia merit-based educational scholarships, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
But after Anderson made headlines last year for his academic success, the Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation, founded by TV personality Steve Harvey and his wife, offered to help pay for his tuition, Good Morning America reported.
Now, Anderson has a few more goals beyond graduating from Georgia Tech. He hopes to pursue a career at SpaceX, start his own company and become a positive influence for other Black teens, according to Georgia Tech’s statement.
“I want to help others that may just need nurturing and resources,” Anderson said.