The 16-year-old Johns Creek resident does have a significant study load this year, however, with four Advanced Placement courses, a senior-level Honors Spanish class and a distance learning calculus course taught by professors at Georgia Tech.
“[The Georgia Tech class is] pretty interesting,” Kaliq said. “It’s different, because it’s not a standard classroom environment, and you have different teachers every day. You also have more autonomy in the class and I like that.”
Kaliq’s academic achievements have attracted interest from colleges including MIT, CalTech and some Ivy League universities. When it comes to school, he views himself as having a strong work ethic and being self-disciplined.
“I consider myself good at math and science, so for AP physics and [the Georgia Tech calculus class], those normally don’t take me a long time so those are things I can get out of the way sooner … and then I focus more on [AP U.S. History] and the heavy reading courses,” he said. “I always think the reading and writing courses are harder.”
He said science is his favorite subject and hopes to major in that discipline in college.
Outside of his school work, Kaliq is active in Beta Club and Mu Alpha Theta, a mathematics honor society.
“I did cross country last year [but] I decided this year — to balance it out — I dropped cross country,” he said.
For fun, Kaliq enjoys listening to music, watching television and movies and reading books. He also plays piano and guitar in his spare time or plays tennis with his dad.
Another interesting skill he has is quickly solving the Rubik’s cube.
“My record’s 20 seconds,” Kaliq said. “I got fascinated [with the Rubik’s cube] in the fifth grade. One of my friends was doing it. I told myself I just had to learn it.”