Terrific Teen Tuesday – Stay Out of School!

A project Yoonseo might work on. A 3D printer. One of the coolest things ever.

This might just be my favorite Terrific Teen Tuesday ever. Toronto area teen Yoonseo Kang graduated high school with a spot at the prestigious Univerity of Toronto awaiting him. Instead he decided to go live on a farm in the USA learning and developing ways of building farm and factory equipment from scratch. Crazy? Possibly, but the officials of the Thiel Fellowship didn’t think so. They gave Yoonseo a $100,000 grant and instructions to stay out of college for at least two years.

The Thiel Fellowship was created by Peter Thiel, a gay libertarian billionaire who co-founded PayPal. Each year his foundation selects 20 people under the age of 20 who can tap into what the foundation refers to as a network of “visionary thinkers, investors, scientists, and entrepreneurs. The foundation acknowledges its approach is a radical rethinking of education but insists that the fellows are given “guidance and business connections that can’t be replicated in any classroom.” Described as tech visionaries, the fellows are encouraged to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors.

Yoonseo, in his own words says he’d “like to be at the place where I feel I could have the most impact to positively influence the world.” Sorry U of T, you don’t cut the mustard. Asked if he thinks he will ever attend university, Yoonseo says, “I don’t expect to.”

Tee hee. I love this kid. Yoonseo, you’re terrific.

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5 thoughts on “Terrific Teen Tuesday – Stay Out of School!

  1. You can guess how stoked I was to read about this cool kid and the Thiel Fellowship. Congratulations to him for being proactive and NOMINATING HIMSELF! A slow hand-clap and standing ovation, though, goes to Yoonseo for standing up to a reluctant, traditional Asian-Canadian set of parents and his mum for coming around. I can only imagine how challenging that was for them. Sometimes ‘work’ isn’t the hardest part of following your dreams.
    I think more organizations need to nurture a “radical rethinking of education’.
    BIG win 🙂

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