Attending Harvard University is an accomplishment no matter your age, but especially when you’re only 15 years old. Saheela Ibraheem was accepted into the esteemed university before her Sweet 16 after getting into 13 other colleges, including California Institute of Technology, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Cornell, Brown, Williams College, Stanford, University of Chicago, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Washington University in St. Louis.

The over-achiever often excelled beyond her years. She skipped 6th grade at Conackamack Middle School in Piscataway, New Jersey, and 9th grade at the private Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, New Jersey. Her accomplishments extend outside the classroom. She is a member of her school’s softball, soccer and swim teams and plays the trombone.

She credits her success to her Nigerian parents, who taught her subjects outside the school’s curriculum, and her own willingness to stay motivated: “I try my best in everything I do. Anyone who’s motivated can work wonders.”

Congrats, Saheela Ibraheem!


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  • C.

    Wow! This story just motivated me to dream big, and work hard today!

  • Rakel

    Best wishes!!! Thank you for highlighting her success.

  • YP

    I love reading stories like this!

  • The Moon in the Sky

    It is important to note that her parents were involved in her education, because there are a lot of parents out here who expect greatness from their children while doing nothing to nurture that greatness.

  • Dalili

    Well now!! Hear, hear!! **Applause**