• Abigail Clark is younger than most freshmen at MIT, but she said, 'I feel ready.'

    Abigail Clark is younger than most freshmen at MIT, but she said, 'I feel ready.'

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15-year-old freshman says she's 'ready'

Abigail Clark is younger than most freshmen at MIT, but she said, 'I feel ready.'


This is the last in a series of profiles of members of the freshman class.

At just 15, Abigail Clark may be chronologically younger than many of her fellow MIT freshmen, but she is every bit as prepared.

Primarily schooled at home in Springfield, Va., Abigail was taught alongside her brother, Samuel. Just two years apart, the two formed a unique bond that will continue at MIT: Samuel is also a member of the class of 2009.

"We will study very well together," said Samuel. "We work together as a team."

The two share many of the same interests. Both compete internationally building model rockets, something Abigail hopes to continue in college.

"I've always been building things," said Abigail, who is interested in studying either mechanical engineering or brain and cognitive sciences.

Both siblings took classes at their local community college, which Abigail said prepared her well for MIT. "I loved it," she said.

Armed with one another, the Clark siblings said they feel prepared to take on all that the Institute has to offer.

"I feel ready," Abigail said before school began. "I am more excited than anything else."


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