“I’m not going to go to college,” announced the fourth-grader.

I’m not sure who introduced the subject of college at my Famous Author lunch with a small group of impressionable elementary school students earlier this year, but I had a feeling that as the special guest, I was the one expected to encourage this boy to think otherwise. Instead, I asked questions.

It turned out that under his dad’s guidance, this 10-year-old had already started doing computer programming, so he already had a head start on his chosen profession, no need for college, thanks.

“Oh,” I said. “Programming video games?”

“No,” he said. “Business applications.”

He sounds to me like a kid who knows what he’s doing. I hope nobody gets in his way.