14-Year-Old Sydney Wilson Is Believed To Be The Youngest Student Ever Admitted To Spelman College
She started high school at just 10 years old.
May 24, 2019 at 4:21 pm
A 14-year-old Georgia girl made history as the youngest student to be admitted to Spelman College.
Sydney Wilson’s family realized she was gifted when she was still in elementary school, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She mastered algebra in the first grade and started high school when she was just 10 years old.
Her education started at a Montessori school, followed by a few years of homeschooling and a spot at her father’s private school. The young prodigy used to have trouble fitting in with other students.
When kids teased Sydney Wilson for being “too smart” she said “I just stayed on my path, I didn’t really feel like I needed to be popular or liked - I like myself.” This Fall, she’ll be the youngest student @SpelmanCollege at just 14 years old. pic.twitter.com/9Rtzd6wPJA— Tyisha Fernandes (@TyishaWSB) May 23, 2019
“I have been in the middle and torn between two worlds,” she said. “I could be in a classroom and not be invited to parties and it did use to affect me. But not everyone is willing to accept me, and I had to learn sometimes people are not going to be as openhearted, and that’s OK.”
Wilson applied to Spelman a few months ago and received her acceptance letter via father’s email address.
"So, he calls me in and he says, 'Look at the computer!' So I looked at it, and I just melt," Wilson recalled to WSB-TV. "I was screaming and I was crying. I ran out to tell my family, and we took a bunch of pictures and posted it on Instagram and everything."
Wilson plans to live on campus during the week and spend time with her family during the weekend. She isn’t nervous about dorm life.
"I’ve been with the older kids all my life, so socially, I don’t think it will be a problem for me," Wilson said. Even though she’s heading to college, Wilson insists she’s still a child.
“People might think I am separate from the rest of people my age, but there are some facets of my life when I am still just a kid,” she said. “I still like to play LEGOs, and I think it’s cool to still play with LEGOs.”
The teen hasn’t started classes yet but she’s already building her network.
“I am so excited to be in the sisterhood,” said Sydney. “So many women have reached out to me and have been very nice and supportive, and I am so excited to see what my life will be at Spelman.”
Ingrid Hayes, vice president of enrollment management at Spelman, released a statement expressing their eagerness to welcome Wilson.
“This is the first time in recent memory that we have had an admitted student this young,” Hayes said. “Sydney has shared with us that she intends to enroll. We are excited to welcome her to campus in the fall, along with the rest of the incoming class.”
Wilson wants to major in biology and work in animal sciences to discover cures for human illnesses.