West Phila. high school senior takes Penn calculus

Jennifer Wright 

The Daily Pennsylvanian

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Syeda Islam was a half hour late to her first Math 103 class this semester because she was lost in David Rittenhouse Laboratory. She had to ask for an extension on the first homework assignment because she couldn’t figure out how to access it on MyMathLab — a first day scenario that might sound familiar to any new undergraduate.

The difference is that Syeda is a senior in high school. In fact, she is the only student from West Philadelphia High School taking a class at Penn this semester.

The Young Scholars program through the School of Liberal and Professional Studies invites high school juniors and seniors from around the city to apply. If accepted, they enroll as an undergraduate in a non-degree program in classes ranging from anthropology to political science. 

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