15-Year Old Girl Gets Accepted Into Harvard

Your Black World reports.

Saheela Ibraheem applied to 14 universities across the country, not an extraordinary number of applications, but enough to give her some options.  One thing that clearly makes Ibraheem different from the other applicants is her age, 15 years old.

“It’s the age thing. I wanted to make sure I had options,” said Saheela.

When it was all said and done, the 15-year old had been accepted to 13 colleges, including six out of the eight Ivy League schools across the nation.  She applied to seven, with Yale being the only one deciding to reject.  This led Saheela and her family to decide that she would attend Harvard University.

“I’ll be one of the youngest. But I won’t be the youngest,” she said.

This was a competitive year for college admissions, for a record number of applications were filed.   Similar to Melinda Hightower, a Cornell University graduate who started college at the age of 16, Saheela’s future was etched in stone at an early age.  Her favorite subject was math and her parents pushed to have her moved to a higher grade that would challenge her academically.  That’s when she skipped the sixth grade.

After feeling unchallenged by public school, Saheela headed to a private school called Wardlaw-Hartridge.  At the new school, she skipped her freshman year and started high school as a 10th-grader.  She has three younger brothers, twins who are in the ninth grade and another in the second grade, all of whom attended the same school as their sister.

Teachers at the school say that Saheela was far from being a nerd.  She studied hard, but was involved in a multitude of activities.  She competed in three sports: Softball, soccer and swimming.  She also sang in the school choir, played trombone, and worked as president of the school’s investment club.

“She’s learned and she’s very smart. But she keeps pushing herself,” said William Jenkins, the Wardlaw-Hartridge School’s director of development.

Saheela sets the standard for what children of color can accomplish when they put their minds to it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shakka-Zulu/1379420279 Shakka Zulu

    I know we want the best for our children, but did this family tried to have this gilrt to an HBCU like S 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shakka-Zulu/1379420279 Shakka Zulu

    I know we want the best for our children, but did this family tried to have this gilrt to an HBCU like S 

    • abstract_i

      I understand and do not necessarily disagree, but there is a possibility of several things.  Maybe she is getting more financial aid, maybe her major in additon to classes that augment her major, and let us be clear when applying for graduate school, jobs or loans to start your own business HBCU’s don’t carry the same weight. 
      Yes, it’s fair, but it’s funky.  As James Brown would say…ain’t it funky now.
      I know at one time Howard was called the Black Harvard.  I know the great Dr. Ernest Wilkins jr taught Mathematics at one of the HBCUs, and there used to be great education going on.  I can’t speak of what’s going on today.

    • Elliemae

      She will be well adjusted and well accepted and will participate in activities of all kinds during her college years and after graduation.  Some of our children should take advantage of the opportunities and challenges provided by the national top academic institutions.  HBCU schools are not the education of choice for  all black children. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shakka-Zulu/1379420279 Shakka Zulu

        How the hell do you thing these white school became so elite? It’s because they were touted by white people as being the best, not necessarily because they were..If we dont support out own, who do we expect to support them? What makes these schools top academic institutions? Because the white man says so, and charges 100K for an under-grad degree, does not make it better than Howard, Morehouse or FAMU..These HBCU’s and many others still issue more graduate, and PhD degrees to blacks than all the so called white institutions..FAMU pharmacy program, better than most white schools, Howard Law and Medical schools, issues more degrees to blacks in those fields than any white schools..There are currently more whites in the law and medical programs than blacks at Howard..These people find it cheaper to go there than Georgetown, American University, or George-Mason..I went to an ivy league for under-grad over 25 years ago and have not been back on campus since graduation..I find more nurtuting amoung my own..A dog will not expect the cat to be a better parent to her puppies than the dog would be..We have been brained washed into thiningk that everything connected to blackness is bad, and we must run to whitey and turn over everything to them..Slavery and intergration has done a number on some black folks that will take another one hundred years to erase..

        • syracsue14

          I have to disagree with you on so many levels of your logic. As a rising sophomore at Syracuse University, I can talk about this from experience. I applied to Morehouse, Howard, and Clark and got into everyone of those colleges. I totally understand what you are trying to get at with your comment, but you have to realize that granted that the HBCU graduates are active in these schools, it ultimately comes down to are they giving back to these schools, because I got absolutely NO money from any of these schools, and I come from a very humble background from Washington DC, so I couldn’t afford to go to any of those colleges. Also, I believe that we are in a society where HBCU can potentially hinder the progress of minorities when it comes to getting REAL LIFE experience, then when they graduate and go out into the real world they don’t know how to deal with people that are different and come from different backgrounds, identities, religions, etc then them. I’m a strong advocate for HBCU, but they are extremely hard to deal with in terms of being efficient with admissions,etc.Going to Syracuse was probably the best decision that Ive ever made in my life, and they gave me a full scholarship, so that’s why I went there instead of a HBCU.

          • syracsue14

            Not to mention, there is no unity on these campuses, trust me, I’ve been on so many tours.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shakka-Zulu/1379420279 Shakka Zulu

            I will respectfully disagree with you..One way HBCU’s are not able to offer you full scholarships is because they are not funded on purpose like other white institutions, like Syracuse who makes their money off the athletics programs which is funded by the black bodies of their players..The only minorities are white people..People of color are the majority in the world, from China, India, Arabia, South Americas and the Caribbean Islands they are all colored…Stop refering to yourself as a minority, you’re feeding the white man’s ego of you being a minor player in this global sphere..What real life experience are you going to be deprived of by going to an HBCU? I hear you repeating the same BS that is repeated by talking heads, to quantify them striping all the resources from HBCU’S by making them seem inferior..I see these white schools with large classes, most professors are not interested in you except if you’re their assistant or kissing their azz to fit in with whitey..I see the duality of personaliity exhibited when we interact with white students, VS blacks only..Saying a white school is the best decision you’ve made so far, sounds like an european negro  grateful for whitey patting you on the head and towing the line to me..Because whitey throws some money at you with his full scholarship, he will only take the best from each community, doing a brain drain from black interlectual institutions, while training negros to be self haters and ready to destroy your community and institutions..I would suggest you read Dr Carter G Woodson’s” Mis-Education of the Negro”..He went to Harvard and it took him over twenty years to deprogram himself from whitey’s educational brainwashing..You are sounding like a Cornel West, Skip Gates in the making..All talking loud and saying nothing, while cuddling up with their white women who are draining the wealth from the black community by marryiong and passing your wealth in to whitey’s hands..

  • george

    Go young lady, we are proud of you, this world will be better because of the likes of you. If/when you can, grab someone and take them with you. george sherrell III 

    • 1mlware

      Bravo and Congratulations !

      You can go as far as you choose, you can do whatever you like so long as you don’t hamstring yourself…don’t allow yourself to get hung up into pushing impossible loads up  slippery slopes.

      Continue to be yourself…the very best contribution that you can make.  Much Love, MLW

  • Remingtonnelson

     

    I am guessing that Donald Trump may be wondering how come
    SHE got into Harvard. Hahahahaha. God bless this kid. I pray that she becomes an
    inspiration to the millions of Black kids the world over.

  • Savinglivesnow

     My your education open doors and provide you with the knowledge and experience to make a difference and become a  contributing citizen!!!

  • Savinglivesnow

     My your education open doors and provide you with the knowledge and experience to make a difference and become a  contributing citizen!!!

    • Savinglivesnow

       May your…

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       May your…

  • Djett40

    Nice and inspirational! 

  • Ebony

    Good Job