Back in 2007 I blogged about then fifteen year old Brittney Exline from Colorado. Brittney became the youngest African American female to be accepted into an Ivy League college. In the fall of 2007 she started her freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania. Well today I received a link to a news article from one of her relatives which gives an update on Brittney who’s now a grown seventeen years old and just completed her second year at UPenn.
Brittney Exline doesn’t stand out so much in the crowd anymore.
At 17, she easily passes for a college student.
That wasn’t the case when she was an 11-year-old high school student or a 16-year-old on Wall Street.
But Brittney, now a college junior, shrugs off the contrast. She accepts her life as it comes to her, even if it has been fast-paced.
“I don’t think of myself as extraordinary,” she said. “Then I think about the average junior in high school, which is what I would be, and that doesn’t fit. But I don’t think about it much. I’m just living my life.”
Most of her friends have been three or four years older since she was 6 and started her accelerated path through school.
She was in middle school at age 8 and doing high school math. She was 11 when she entered Palmer High School, and she graduated at age 15 with an International Baccalaureate diploma. She just finished her second year at the University of Pennsylvania and leaves Colorado Springs for Cameroon to help deliver laptop computers and train youngsters and their teachers to use them.
The article also mentions her internship at a small hedge fund last summer and how the opportunity came about for her to go to Cameroon this summer.
The opportunity to go to Cameroon to work with One Laptop Per Child came in mid-April. Three Penn students had applied for a grant to deliver laptops to some villages near Buea, but then the tech guy couldn’t go. The others asked Brittney to step in.
Her background is mostly in software engineering, so she’s learning about hardware. She’ll help set up routers and networks and in some cases generators so the laptop batteries can be charged.
Along with ensuring everything works, she’ll help the team teach children ages 6 to 12 and their teachers how to get the most out of their computers.
“I’m really excited about the experience of being in another country,” she said. “I’ve never been abroad.”
You can check out the entire article here. Brittney, good luck on your trip to Cameroon.
I also want to thank her relative for sending me the news link. I know you’re very proud of Brittney.
I was checking out my stats this evening and noticed that I had over 1000 visitors today which was a huge surprise to me. So I check out the search results and find that fifteen year old Brittney Exline is the subject of hundreds of searches. I mentioned Brittney in my blog back in May when it was announced that she was the youngest African American female ever to be accepted to an Ivy League school.
Well school starts for Brittney this week and a couple of news sites have stories about her. The Associated Press has an article about her today.
By KATHY MATHESON
Associated Press Writer
Brittney Exline is too young to vote, drive a car or go to an R-rated movie, but at the age of just 15 she is beginning her Ivy League career Wednesday when classes start at the University of Pennsylvania.
She said she doesn’t really notice the age gap between herself and her 17- and 18-year-old peers — and neither do they.
“I didn’t tell people right off the bat that I was 15,” Exline said. “A lot of people were pretty surprised.”
Exline grew up in Colorado Springs, Colo., where at 8 years she was already in sixth grade. By 13 she had finished high school math. She turned 15 in February and graduated a few months later.
She’s not preoccupied with how unique her accomplishments are.
“I wouldn’t even really realize that if people didn’t tell me,” she said.
She excels at math and science and is really interested in politics, so she enrolled in a Penn program that will award her degrees from both the engineering and liberal arts schools when she graduates in 2011.
(CBS 3) PHILADELPHIA Kids her age are still underclassman in High School, but one Coloradoan is years ahead, starting college at an Ivy League school in Philadelphia.
Brittney Exline, a record-setting teen-genius was as anxious as any other incoming freshman on the campus of University of Pennsylvania.
The only visible difference is her age. Exline is only 15.
“I’ve been three grades ahead since sixth grade,” Exline said.
At 15, Exline is the youngest African American female ever to be accepted into an Ivy League school.
“All of the Ivy League decisions come out on the same day. So I found out I was rejected from Harvard and wait listed at Columbia, but then when I got into Penn it was really exciting,” said Exline.
At two years old the Colorado native was reading. She scored 1400 on her SAT’s and won scholarships and grants to pay her full tuition at Penn where she enrolled in their school of engineering.
“I’m in a dual degree program called Liberal Arts and Technology,” Exline said. “There are so many things I’m interested in that’s it’s really hard to narrow down what I want to study now.”
Math and science are not her only strong point.
She’s also fluent in German and with her brains and beauty has won several pageant crowns.
But going Ivy League at such a young age certainly tops Brittney’s list of accomplishments. And the young genius admits college isn’t just about hitting the books.
“I’m pretty social but I don’t want to push myself into anything that would be unhealthy for me at this age.”
Check out the video interview that’s included in the above article. Good luck at the University of Pennsylvania Brittney!!