South Florida trans teen Jazz Jennings is heading to HarvardSun Sentinel — Johnny Diaz Sun Sentinel
May 15--The halls of Harvard and Crimson Yard await Jazz Jennings.
The South Florida trans teen advocate announced that she's heading to the Cambridge, Massachusetts school this fall.
She shared the news in a TLC video and posted a photo of herself sporting a crimson Harvard sweatshirt on Instagram with the hashtag 2023.
"I am going to Harvard. I cannot believe it," said Jazz. "When I found out I was accepted to Harvard, I was just so shocked. Not because I didn't think I could do it, but because it's such a selective school with such a small acceptance rate that I was like 'Who gets into Harvard?' But I got in!"
The 18-year-old, who graduates from high school this May, had some top picks for college.
In March, she shared that she had been looking at Harvard, Pomona College in Claremont, California and Princeton University in New Jersey. Last fall, she toured the University of Miami in Coral Gables with her sister Ari and their mom Jeanette Jennings. (Jazz's sister attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, where Jazz's two brothers Griffen and Sander are currently enrolled.)
But in the end, Jazz went with Harvard.
"I just feel so grateful to have this opportunity to attend an institution that's so incredible and well-renowned and I just feel that I'm going to be me, do me and have a great time," she said, noting that she is looking forward to "meeting new people, making connections, building friendships that will last a lifetime and I'm really looking forward to that experience."
She said she hopes to major in philosophy, gender or religion.
"I really feel like Harvard is going to allow me to grow to the level that I want to grow to," she said.
Fans of her TLC reality show can expect Harvard and Boston to figure prominently in the sixth season of "I Am Jazz" which returns in 2020. The most recent season followed Jazz as she underwent her gender confirmation surgeries in New York City and the complications that arose.
The fifth season also highlighted several milestones, including attending prom, having her first boyfriend, turning 18 and finally being able to wear a one-piece swimsuit to the beach.
Jazz will have plenty of fellow South Florida graduates for company at Harvard. Parkland shooting survivors and March for Our Lives co-founders David Hogg and Jaclyn Corin also announced that they're heading to the Ivy League school this fall. Hogg had taken a year off after graduating from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Senior High in June 2018.
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