January 29th, 2004


My CTY, Advanced Placement, and grade-skipping story

I've been meaning to write this story for some time. Since I just told part of it to masteralida this morning, and versions of it to Tripitaka, gondhir, jereeza, and sui_degeneris over the last few months, I figured now is as good a time as any.
immortalvisions, LV, csn, and other current CS/CogSci (f00dave, prolog, twinbee, deire, yahvah) and academia-bound (jereeza, auriam, oikade, narvi, figgylicious) students: this is for you.

For those of you who don't know, I skipped the last two years of high school at Severn School 1 and started my undergraduate program at Johns Hopkins University with sophomore standing. This is the reason I completed a concurrent B.S./Master's program in 1993, when I was 19, and earned a doctorate in computer science when I was 24.

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That's all, folks.
Have a good night, and I hope the experiences I relate above have some relevance to or resonance with you.

1 an excellent preparatory school in Severna Park, Maryland
2 My aunt Camille (Kai-Ming) and her husband Rene (Jen-Hui) had just graduated from Rutgers and had a newborn baby, my cousin Melody. My aunt Cathy (Kai-Ching) and her husband Pang-Chia had a 7-year old daughter (Emily) and a 3-year old son (Jonathan).
3 "Oh, is that what they call it these days?" laughed my classmates.

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