By Aiden Sandhofner and Faron Blakely
Graduating high school is a great accomplishment, one that takes years of hard work and dedication. Graduating from college is arguably an even bigger accomplishment, one that takes genuine perseverance and untiring work. Seljon Akhmedli is on track to doing both... at the same time - something practically unheard of in North Dakota. All there is to ask is, how did she achieve a seemingly unachievable task such as this one?
Seljon began her trek all the way back in sixth grade, when she started to take seventh grade advanced math. Her sixth-grade teacher met with the principal and her parents to see where her mathematical prowess could bring her. Together, they decided to skip sixth grade math and head straight into seventh grade advanced math. When seventh grade began, she passed all the algebra exams with an A and went into geometry. Soon eighth grade came around, and she started taking Algebra II. That summer she took Pre-Calculus and Trigonometry. The next fall, she took Calculus I at NDSU (North Dakota State University). Ever since then, she has been taking as many math and general Ed courses as possible.
Her hard work and tenacity have proven worthwhile because she is graduating from NDSU this year. When it comes to classes, she says that she is currently taking “Partial Differential Equations, Complex Analysis, Graph Theory, and then Axiomatic Geometry.”
All this work was no easy task. One would wonder if she felt overwhelmed? While the task was daunting, she is thankful for her family, more specifically her father. Her father got a PHD in Mathematics from Yale, so if she got wrapped up in a theorem or stumped on a question, she had her dad to talk it through with, so she could get a firmer grasp on what might be confusing her. Her father inspired her to pursue the mathematical route because “ever since [she] was a little kid, [they have] talked about different things dealing with math.” Fortunately, she had her family in her life to help her with her education, because she is obviously headed toward remarkable things.
Seljon has been equally successful at Sheyenne, with teachers in her life that have also helped. Ms. Stephanie Cwikla, her English teacher, said that Seljon “is incredibly bright, but she is also kind and sincere." She is very impressed that Akhmedli is graduating with a Bachelors so early, but also not surprised because of how brilliant she is. She also added: “She truly is special, and the world of mathematics is lucky to have her!” Mr. Gravdahl, Seljon’s advisory teacher, also has some impressive opinions about Seljon, saying “Seljon is one of the most impressive students [he has] ever met.” He also acknowledges that aside from the academic work that she has been putting forth “she is one of the most polite, respectful and humble people.” Gravdahl also noted that he is particularly impressed with her humility, since he didn’t know that she was graduating early until reading about her plans for college.
Seljon Akhmedli is obviously a remarkable student, not only when it comes to academics, but also when you see who she is as a person. Earlier this year, she applied to many places to pursue a PHD in mathematics - many of which accepted her - but she has already decided. She has plans to go to Northwestern University to get a PHD in mathematics this fall. She has made a large impact on Sheyenne, and we hope to see other students following in her prestigious footsteps.
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