"At Cal State LA, I’ve been able to accomplish so much more than I could have ever dreamed." Anthony Karambelas was just 14 when he started at Cal State LA. Now 16, the third-year English student says he’s found the ideal place to learn. Page Content Click, clack. Click, clack, clack, clack. Ferocious typing is the only sound coming from the back of the SUV as it wends its way through morning rush-hour traffic on Los Angeles' clogged I-110. A curly-haired 16-year-old sits in the back seat surrounded by books and notebooks, peering intently at the laptop in front of him as he types.Anthony Karambelas isn't headed to a high school algebra or history class, like most of his peers. Instead, he's in the middle of an hour-long commute to California State University, Los Angeles, where he's a third-year English student.Cal State LA has one of just 14 Early Entrance Program (EPP) programs for gifted students in the U.S. The program is for students ages 11 to 16, which allowed Karambelas to begin his path to earning a college degree at just 14. x From Middle School to CollegeAbout an hour after leaving his house, the car (driven by Anthony's mother) comes to a stop. Karambelas collects his belongings, shuts the door and waves goodbye to his mom and he walks through the crowded corridors to his first class of the day.It's obvious from watching his interactions on campus that the outgoing teen has effortlessly transitioned from middle school — he went to an advanced school where he completed high school courses at the age of 11 — to the Cal State LA campus. "I really don't mind the age gap with my peers here; I think I've blended in pretty seamlessly," says Karambelas, whose height (he's 6'1'') probably helps him look older than he is. "I haven't been asked what my age is by anyone yet, so I'll take that as a good sign."Karambelas — who spent a mere two weeks in high school before realizing it wouldn't challenge him — is sanguine about whatever he might have missed by going to college so early. "Sure, I have had to give up my high school life and certain things that go along with that," he reflects. "But I really enjoy the fast-paced college environment and teaching styles. "The EEP program has accelerated my education astronomically," he shares. "I derive a great deal of confidence from my membership in the program." It supports its young, gifted students by way of specialized advising and counseling services, financial aid, and peer and faculty mentoring. "Anthony is an extremely engaged student ... He sees himself as part of the Cal State LA fabric," says Trinh Pham, Ph.D., director of the campus' Honors College, adding that Karambelas' passion for the arts and humanities has "helped our community of students achieve a greater sense of interdisciplinarity."Says Karambelas: "It became obvious to me fairly quickly that Cal State LA is where I belong; I love it here."