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Octavious Talbot spent most of his teenage years in an overcrowded Southeast Chicago home, he said, but his life drastically changed when he was offered a scholarship to Morehouse College. Now the graduate, who turned 20 in March, will be a full-time Harvard University student in the fall, where he plans to pursue his Ph.D. in Biostatistics.

Talbot received his B.S. in Mathematics Sunday on Sunday from Morehouse where his cumulative GPA was a 3.87. Now it’s time to start thinking about the Ivy League life and how he will transition, said Talbot, who was encouraged to apply to Harvard through his math department at Morehouse and the John H. Hopps Scholars Program. Talbot said Harvard wasn’t a university he had thought about attending.

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