“Jeremy Shuler is a freshman at Cornell University at just 12 years old, the youngest ever admitted to the Ivy League school”
Well from the outsources we came to know about this perspicacious child.
At six, he was studying calculus. Now, at an age when most kids are attending middle school, the exuberant 12-year-old is a freshman at Cornell University, the youngest the Ivy League school has on record.
“It’s risky to extrapolate, but if you look at his trajectory and he stays on course, one day he’ll solve some problem we haven’t even conceived of,” said Cornell Engineering Dean Lance Collins. “That’s 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 Jeremy’s elite-level SAT and Advanced Placement test scores in math and science at age 10 showed he was intellectually ready for college, Mr Collins said what sealed the deal was his parents’ willingness to move to Ithaca. Jeremy’s 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,” Mr Collins said.
With his bowl-cut hair, cherubic face 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 Mummy 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 undergrad. When he was five, he read The Lord of the Rings and Journey Through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics on his own. Enrolling him in kindergarten was pointless.
“We were concerned about him socializing with other kids,” his mother said. “At the playground he was freaked out by other kids running around screaming. But when we took him to Math Circle and math camp, he was very social. He needed someone with similar interests.”
As for the future, Jeremy plans to just keep on learning.
“I want to pursue a career in academia,” he said.