Seventeen is a confusing age for many, but Moshe Kai Cavalin seems to have it all figured out. The California teenager already has two college degrees to his name, he’s a published author, nearly a licensed pilot, and he works for NASA. That’s a lot more than most of us hope to achieve in a lifetime.
According to Scoop, Moshe’s been an achiever all his life – he enrolled at the East Los Angeles College when he was only eight years old, becoming the youngest college student in the US. He graduated at age nine with a 4.0 GPA, and also wrote a bestselling autobiography that same year. But one college degree apparently wasn’t enough, so at age 15 he graduated from the University of California with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. The wonder kid was actually getting ready to earn a third degree this year – a master’s in cybersecurity at Boston’s Brandeis University – but he’s currently put that on hold for a couple of terms to work with NASA. He’s helping the space agency develop surveillance technology for airplanes and drones.
But that’s not all. Between the ages of nine and 17, Moshe published a second book based on his experience of being bullied. He also learned how to fly a plane and plans to get his pilot’s license by the end of the year. Somehow, he also found the time to dabble in martial arts, winning dozens of trophies and medals at various tournaments. Despite his monumental achievements, Moshe insists that he’s pretty ordinary and says he’s developed a distaste for the word ‘genius’. “Genius is just kind of taking it too far,” he explained. “My case isn’t that special. It’s just a combination of parenting and motivation and inspiration. I tend not to compare myself that often to other people. I just try to do the best I can.”