Teen's American Dream becomes reality

A teenager from Monkseaton has been accepted into the renowned Harvard University in the USA.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 14 June, 2019, 12:27
Simeon Sayer. Picture by Benny J Johnson.

Simeon Sayer will be heading across the Atlantic in August to start a four-year computer science course at the universityin Cambridge, Massa-chusetts.

The Whitley Bay High School sixth former said: “I researched my options and decided that I wanted to study in America about 18 months ago.

“I found out that I needed to sit the American tests, submit an application and conduct an interview.”

Once he passed the entry test, scoring 1,530 out of 1,600, the 17-year-old submitted an application form about his interests and achievements.

This included his work with National Citizen Service (NCS) - a Government-backed summer programme for 16 and 17-year-olds in which he is a graduate of and sits on the organisation’s regional and national youth boards.

Simeon added: “They were interested in so much more than academic success and wanted to get to ‘know’ applicants more than the UK university system does.

“They took note of what kinds of extra-curricular activities I’d been doing, like NCS.

“After I submitted the application I didn’t expect anything to come of it, but when I was accepted it felt great. It’s taken the pressure off my A-level exams and I’m looking forward to the exciting opportunities that Harvard can offer.

“I’d encourage other teenagers to think about this route.”