High-schoolers try college life in USF summer program

By Jerome R. Stockfisch | Tribune Staff
Published: June 14, 2014

TAMPA — She was missing an end-of-the-school-year party thrown by her friends at King High School, but their attempts to rub it in wouldn't rile Mallika Bhatta.

"They were all sending me pictures from the party, but I was sending them texts back saying, 'I'm at a better place than you.'"

That better place for the Tampa teenager was the University of South Florida's Pre-College, a summer program that gives high school students a chance to experience college-level academics, pursue academic and career interests and explore the independence of university life.

Last week's program, one of seven planned over the summer, focused on diabetes and medicine. Additional sessions will focus on science and engineering in addition to filmmaking and game design.

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