Terence Candell Jr. works hard in college and gets decent grades. But in some ways the sophomore at California State University-East Bay doesn’t quite fit in. Perhaps it’s because he’s only 11 years old.
The precocious Oakland, Calif., resident started college when he was 10 hoping to become an astronaut. Now the youngest student on campus says he’s more interested in mass communications.
Terence was doing high school level work by age six and would get in trouble at school because he was bored, he says. He started attending a private academy founded by his father and took the SAT when he was nine. But academic success has been a mixed blessing for Terence.
"If I could do it over again, I probably wouldn’t have gone," he says. "My parents are always working, and I’m studying so much that sometimes I wish I could spend more time with my family."