At the age of 15 Saheela Ibraheem filled out 14 applications to attend college at very prestigious institutions. She was accepted by 13 of these schools, including six of the eight Ivy League schools ultimately deciding on where she is currently enrolled. She intends on studying neurobiology or neuroscience.
Hailing from Edison, New Jersey she is among the youngest to attend the University. Her parents, Nigerian immigrants, asked Saheela’s school to move her to a higher-level math class once they realized her love of the subject. She then skipped the 6th grade entirely.
She was encouraged to get the best education she can and her quantitative abilities may come from her parents who are an account and Vice President at New York financial firm. As if being a prodigy isn’t enough, Saheela also excels at sports even though she claims she has to work much harder at it than academics. While in high school she played softball, soccer and was on the swim team. To round out her experience she sang in the school choir, played trombone in the band and served as president of the investment club. Impressive is such an inadequate word to describe her.
Hear more about Saheela Ibraheem in her own words by viewing the video below.
Photo: Aaron Houston for the Star-Ledger
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