posted by Blake Ansley in Books

Boy genius writes about college life at age 8

February 20, 2012

 What was your greatest accomplishment by the age of 8? Mine was winning the school writing competition with a short story about purple aliens and pollution, which I felt pretty good about until reading this story. 

Moshe Kai Calvalin enrolled in East Los Angeles Community College at 8-years-old and earned two Associate of Arts degrees by age 11. At age 14, he is about to graduate from UCLA and is in the process of publishing an English edition of his first book, "We Can Do."

The book provides expert insight on how young people can stay focused and motivated.  Cavalin hopes to encourage others to focus on approaching tasks with full commitment and make readers realize that you don't need to be a genius to reach your full potential.  

Cavalin writes that he limits his television time to four hours per week.  Instead, he uses his free time to practicing soccer, martial arts, and learning to scuba dive.  

The novel took four years to finish, mostly because Cavalin's mother insisted the book be published in Mandarin.  Cavalin did the translation himself.  

Despite a heavy course load, Cavalin has been able to promote the book at UCLA, where the math major lives with his parents in student housing.

Cavalin's plans for the future include enrolling in graduate school and eventually earning a degree. When asked about even later plans, Cavalin replies, "Who knows? That's a very distant future, and I'm pretty much planning for just the next few years. That's too far into the future for me to see.""

I cannot imagine going to college at the age of 8. I would love to read about his experience, but I'm afraid his inspirational messages might be lost on me.  

For more on Cavalin, read

Would you be able to take life advice from a 14 year old?  Would you consider purchasing the book for your children? 

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