Sydney Wilson is heading to Spelman College this fall and she’s making history! The 14-year-old from Georgia will be the youngest student to ever be admitted into the all-women HBCU.
Pushing boundaries and excelling academically is nothing new for this prodigy. By the time Sydney hit the second grade, she knew was different from her classmates.
Although she was teased for her book smarts, she didn’t let it get to her. “I just stayed on my path,” she explained. “I didn’t really feel like I needed to be popular – because, I mean, I like myself.” Her parents also recognized she was special so they enrolled her in the Wilson Academy in Lithonia, a local private school founded by her father,Byron Wilson. She was taking high school courses at the age 10, and applied to Spelman College Just before her 14th birthday. The Dekalb native said she was “screaming and crying” when she learned she was accepted. Then, like mos tkids her age, she shared the good news on The ‘Gram.
Sydney – who will live on campus – said she's not worried at all about the age gap. In fact, she’s looking forward the sisterhood. “I’ve been with the older kids all my life, so socially, I don’t think it will be a problem for me.” She plans to major in biology, with hopes of using animal science to discover cures for human diseases.