|Year of Entry: 2006
||Age at Entry: 16
||Hometown: Destrehan, Louisiana
The Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG) at Mary Baldwin College was an experience which can never be emulated by any other institution. During my time at PEG I formed bonds with young women, much like myself, who had begun a new chapter in their lives — starting college at a younger than traditional age.
After completing two years of high school, I joined PEG at age 16. My roommate and I bonded instantly. Our first day as roommates, we toured campus and got lost down by the physical activities center. Classes began later that week and to my surprise, the freshmen college courses seemed to fit my needs like a glove.
PEG has changed my life in so many ways. Apart from being a little ahead of my peers in school, there is a sense of sisterhood which was forged between the ladies in this program: a sisterhood which still lives on today. Many of my dear friends whom I met at PEG are still considered my closest friends — some are even standing in my wedding.
PEG created a bond so strong that when I moved back to Virginia, permanently, I was surprised to have a pizza delivered to our new house. From whom else but a PEG from my class who now lives in Chicago. Later that week, I received countless housewarming presents from ladies all across the country; Georgia, Texas, and Illinois, just to name a few. But beyond all of the presents, conversations, and classes we shared, these ladies of PEG are my lifelong friends.
I am currently in my second year of a master’s program while assisting a professor at the College of William and Mary who is writing a book. My applications to both potential employers and graduate schools are enhanced by the fact that I graduated with my undergraduate degree while still in my teens. PEG provided me with positive momentum, which continues to motivate.