Meet Autum Ashante. This 13 year-old poet and high school senior was accepted into the University of Connecticut mid-June of this year. She speaks three languages (Arabic, Swahili, and Spanish), is a UN Youth Ambassador, who performs spoken-word and considers herself as an activist. Unfortunately with her IQ standing at 149, it wasn’t enough for the University of Connecticut to allow her to attend the academic institution:
In a bizarre development, the father of a 13-year-old Bronx prodigy says his daughter will not be attending the University of Connecticut this fall, after the school rescinded their acceptance.
Batin Ashante said his daughter, Autum, is “devastated” after university officials called him yesterday to “rescind” their offer of acceptance. “They said they now feel she’s not academically ready,” he said. “That’s B.S.!”
Autum’s story exploded on the blogosphere and several news agencies reported on the young phenom from the Pelham Parkway section of the Bronx.
“I’ve got nothing but positive feedback,” Ashante said. “I’m her dad and it just bothers me to see her go through this.” [Source]
It’s alright Autum. The next university that accepts you will be even better than the University of Connecticut. We are all proud of you, young lady! Props to you!
Check out Autum Ashante’s video EPK below, where she introduces herself to world last year. She shares her aspirations of one day publishing her own book and giving back to the community.