At just 14-years old, Sydney Wilson is about to start her freshman year at the prestigious Spelman College this fall, making her the youngest student ever admitted into the all-women HBCU.
During her early years at school, it has always been evident that Wilson was an excellent student. When she reached second grade, it was found that she was really a bit different from her peers. Many of her classmates teased her for being too smart but she didn’t let it bother her.
“I just stayed on my path,” Wilson told WSB-TV. “I didn’t really feel like I needed to be popular… because, I mean, I like myself.”
When she was 10-years old, Wilson’s parents decided to enroll her in Wilson Academy in Lithonia where she already started taking high school classes.
Just a few months ago, Wilson was just then 13-years old when she applied to Spelman College. Later on, her father received an email from the school saying that she got accepted.
“So, he calls me in and he says, ‘Look at the computer!’ So I looked at it, and I just melt,” Wilson excitingly said. “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.”
Just like a usual college student, Wilson plans to live on the campus. Although she is still young, she isn’t worried about her age gap from her future schoolmates.
“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.
Moreover, Wilson said she wants to major in Biology in hopes to use animal science in curing human illnesses one day.