Meet Sydney Wilson, the 14-Year-Old Wiz Kid Headed to Spelman College

Just a week after her 14th birthday, a metro Atlanta girl is making history as the youngest student ever admitted to the historic Spelman College.

Sydney Wilson, who celebrated her birthday just last week, will kick off her freshman year at the all-female historically Black campus this fall as the youngest student in school history, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“This is the first time in recent memory that we’ve had an admitted student this young,” Ingrid Hayes, VP of enrollment management at Spelman, told the newspaper. “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 said she plans to major in biology, with hopes of using animal science to discover cures for human diseases.

The extraordinary teen is no stranger to academic excellence, so her college acceptance didn’t come as much of a surprise.

Wilson’s family says she mastered algebra by the first grade and started studying advanced placement biology and world history by the time she turned 12. Wilson said she learned early on that she wasn’t like the other students: she was a standout. 

She admitted fitting in was tough at times, and that she was often teased for being “too smart.” Still, she didn’t let it get to her.


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