I think I have a total stereotype in mind when I think of a 14-year-old girl. When thinking of a young teen I think of a boy crazy, Justin Bieber lovin’, mall going, sleep over havin’ social butterfly. But not all teens are built like that. Some just happen to be geniuses like Eugenie de Silva.
While other kids her age are heading into 9th grade at their local high schools, Eugenie de Silva of Harrogate, Tennessee, is heading to Harvard University. And she’s not heading there merely as a freshman: she is heading there to start working on her master’s degree, and she’s already getting a head start on her work. “I’ve already completed the first assignment for my class this summer,” de Silva said.
Three years ago de Silva graduated from high school and this month will be graduating from American Military University. She says, “I’m very excited!”
But you have to wonder if this is the right choice for a 14-year-old kid. Is this a case of a child growing up too quickly? I suppose it really does depend on the person. Some kids might be able to handle the emotional and intellectual stress of higher education, but it would be a rare case if they could. At the same time, there are those insanely gifted children who should not be held back due to their age.
What do you think, do you think universities should have an age limit? Do you think that 14 is too young no matter how smart a kid may be?
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