Jeremy Shuler, who was home-schooled by his aerospace engineer parents, is settling in at Cornell University and finding classes kind of easy so far
When he was two, Jeremy Shuler was reading books in English and Korean. At six, he was studying calculus. Now, at an age when most children are attending middle school, the exuberant 12-year-old is a freshman at Cornell University, the youngest the Ivy League school has on record.
Its risky to extrapolate, but if you look at his trajectory and he stays on course, one day hell solve some problem we havent even conceived of, said Cornell engineering dean Lance Collins. Thats pretty exciting.
Jeremy is the home-schooled child of two aerospace engineers who were living in Grand Prairie, Texas, when he applied to Cornell. While Jeremys elite-level SAT and advanced placement test scores in math and science at age 10 showed he was intellectually ready for college, Collins said what sealed the deal was his parents willingness to move to Ithaca. Jeremys father, Andy Shuler, transferred from Lockheed Martin in Texas to its location in upstate New York.
I wanted to make sure he had a nice, safe environment in terms of growing up, Collins said.
With his bowl-cut hair and frequent happy laughter, Jeremy is clearly still a child despite his advanced intelligence. He swung in his chair while his parents, who he calls Mommy and Daddy, recounted his early years during an interview at the engineering school where his grandfather is a professor, his father got his doctorate and Jeremy is now an undergraduate.