Feb 122013

Author: Lena Howland


After being home-schooled until the age of 9, Crystal Vander Zanden graduated high school at the age of 13.

She says that home-schooling went at a much faster pace for her because she didn’t have to stop when everyone else didn’t get something because it was just her. She could simply speed through what she understood and stop to focus on the topics she needed help on.

Zanden graduated with her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Doane College in Crete, Nebraska.

She is now 18 years old and in her second year of the Doctorate program with the Department of Molecular Biology.

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