Like most students her age, 18-year-old Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai is preparing for college. Stanford University is one of Yousafzai’s top picks, but several outlets reported last week that Stanford will not admit Yousafzai without SAT scores. Yousafzai is the youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate who gained international recognition for advocating in favor of girls’ right to education. She recently took the GCSE’s, the UK’s version of standardized testing for college, and her high scores made headlines worldwide. However, the teenager has yet to take the SAT’s during a stage in the application process when most students have already taken the test at least once. Though backlash against Stanford was swift on social media, some also pointed out that the university received over 42,000 applications last year, and the school can only accept about 5% of those students. Yousafzai hopes to major in politics and philosophy, although she has already received honorary degrees from the University of Edinburgh and the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Contributor: Celeste Montaño