College senior, 16, looks for law school

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. - At an age when most students are preparing to take the PSAT, Elin Frey of Greer is planning on taking the LSAT - for the second time.

Just 16 years old, Elin is a rising senior at the University of South Carolina Upstate, an honors student with her sights set on going to an Ivy League law school within the next couple of years.

"I didn't quite do as well as I hoped, at least not for the schools I'm looking at," Erin said of her first try at the law school admission test. "So I'm hitting the books now, and I'm going to retake it in September."

Elin is the average college student - she lives on campus, is a member of a sorority, hangs out with friends and participates in a dance team.

Until a recent article about her in The Carolinian, the USC Upstate student newspaper, most people on campus had no idea that she could not drive or have a job when she enrolled at the school.

"My sorority sisters knew, but most people didn't know," Elin said. "For the most part I'm not going to go around saying, 'Hey, I'm 16 years old.'"

Elin, who grew up in Laurens and now lives in Greer, has always been a self-starter with an independent spirit, said her parents, Norm and Daryl Frey. But her quick ascension through school was more fluke than plan.

After three years in France, where her father worked for Michelin, the family returned home when Elin was 8. After three years of home schooling, she took an achievement test, which showed her at a high school level for math and science.

At 11, she enrolled at Greenville Technical Charter High School, a school on the campus of Greenville Tech, where students can take courses for dual high school and college credit.

Already 5 feet 7 inches tall when she arrived, she blended in well, said David Dolge, a former guidance counselor at the school.

When she graduated from high school, she also received two associate's degrees from Greenville Tech.

"She always had amazing self-discipline," Mr. Dolge said. "You don't meet many kids with that much self-discipline. She's a real mature young lady."


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