A graduate of the Utica Community Schools International Baccalaureate program, he began his college career at Oakland University in the second semester through courses he took at UCS.
Will Jenkins, a graduate of the Gene L. Klida Utica Academy of International Studies, had 51 credits and a broad portfolio of activities after graduation.
Jenkins earned 16 credits from advanced placement courses and 35 credits from her International Baccalaureate exams at GLK-UAIS. He is currently taking 16 credits at Oakland University. All of this adds up to 67 credits and junior status during his first year at the OU.
âIt’s really exciting for me to have this status so early in my college career, and I’m excited about all the opportunities these extra credits will give me,â Jenkins said. “If it hadn’t been for the opportunities that UCS gave me, both preparing for an extremely successful high school and for the IB program where I was able to earn a lot of credits, I wouldn’t would not be in the position I am today.
Jenkins discovered he was particularly proficient in math from an early age.
âMy experience with UCS has really allowed me to grow as a researcher in a way that is not possible everywhere,â Jenkins said. âI was noticed early enough for my math skills, and the flexibility of UCS allowed me to take math classes to the next level and put me in a position where, at the start of high school, I was ready to start taking AP courses. “
Despite his head start in college, Jenkins said he was preparing for four years of college education to reach his goal of becoming a computer programmer.
âA lot of people ask me or just assume that I plan to graduate in three years with these upcoming credits, but that’s not the route I plan to take,â he said. . âI’m planning to double the major (IT and applied statistics) instead, to take advantage of the extra time I have. “
In addition to a successful academic career, Jenkins has served on the Board of Trustees of the National Honor Society, co-founded and helped run the Coding Club for junior high school students, and was a member for four years of the Utica High School cross country and track team, where was captain his last year.
His awards also include the Macomb County Academic Dream Team, the First Year Chairman’s Award for the Mathematics Department at GLK-UAIS, the Mathematics Department and Science Department Awards in the past year, and to be named to the All-Academic All-County for the track.