14 year Moshe Kai Cavalin about to graduate from UCLA

UCLA student Moshe Kai Cavalin is about to graduate from UCLA and while thousands of students reach their goal of graduation each year most of them are not just 14-years-old.

Most of those students also didn’t enroll at East Los Angeles Community College when they were just 8-years-old at which point they maintained a 4.0 GPA while earning two degrees, the first of which was obtained in just one year.

Cavalin spoke with the Assoicated Press where he said:
“People need to know you don’t really need to be a genius. You just have to work hard and you can accomplish anything.”
Moshe Kai Cavalin at Graduate Ceremony
I can attest that you don’t have to be a genius to graduate from college, many of my fellow college peers could barely spell their own names. On the other hand even an 8-year-old non-genius who works really hard probably won’t pass the math, English and other classes needed for an extremely early college graduation.

In the meantime Cavalin has already published an English edition called We Can Do, a 100-page instructional book that encourages young people to achieve amazing feats through total commitment and diligence.

In his Chinese edition of the book he philosophically writes:
“I was able to reach the stars, but others can reach the Milky Way.”

Although he's a big fan of Jackie Chan movies, Moshe says he limits his television time to four hours a week. Not that he lacks for recreational activities or feels that his parents pressured him into studying constantly.

Moshe Kai Cavalin "We Can Do" Book.
He writes in 'We Can Do' of learning to scuba dive, and he loves soccer and martial arts.  He used to participate in the latter sport when he was younger, winning trophies for his age group, until his UCLA studies and his writing made things a little too hectic.

Indeed one of the key messages of his book is to stay focused and to not take on any endeavor half-heartedly.  'I was able to reach the stars, but others can reach the "Milky Way,"' he tells readers.  It was a professor at his first institution of higher learning, East Los Angeles City College, who inspired him, Moshe says.

He didn't like the subject but managed to get an A in it anyway, by applying himself and seeing how enthusiastic his teacher, Richard Avila, was about the subject.

Mr Avila, he says, inspired him to write a book explaining his methods for success so he could motivate others.  It took four years to finish, in part because Moshe, whose mother is Chinese, decided to publish it in Mandarin, and doing the translation himself was laborious.

Han Shian Culture Publishing of Taiwan put the book in print, and it did well in Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia, as well as in several bookstores in Southern California's Asian communities.  He then brought it out in English for the U.S. market.

Because of his heavy study load, Moshe has had little opportunity to promote the book, other than a signing at UCLA, where he also lives in student housing with his parents and attends the school on a scholarship.

After earning his bachelor's degree, the math major plans to enroll in graduate school with hopes of eventually earning a degree.  After that, he's not so sure. He points out that he's still just barely a teenager.

Moshe Kai Cavalin Youtube Video

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