Butler takes early courses in engineering

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 23, 2000

Rather than sleep late or find a part-time job this summer, Natchez High School senior TaSheitha Butler chose to get a head start on her college career.

Butler, who turns 17 tomorrow, recently completed the University of Mississippi’s Summer College for High School Students Pre-Engineering Program.

During the five-week program, Butler took courses in computer science and logical critical thinking, she said.

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For her efforts, Butler received six college credit hours to add to the other credits she is racking up with a dual-credit English course at Natchez high and calculus courses at Copiah-Lincoln Community College. &uot;I decided it’d be better to go to school and start on my college early,&uot; Butler said.

Her course work at Ole Miss served to automatically accept her to the university, but Butler said she also plans to apply at other state schools before making a final decision.

Butler is also undecided on what career path to take, considering both chemical engineering and pharmacy to complement her interest and talent in math and science.

&uot;Math just comes naturally to me,&uot; Butler, who is a straight-A student, said.

The common misconception that males are superior to females in math and science is becoming more of a myth, Butler said.

&uot;We looked at the statistics, and more and more women are getting into engineering,&uot; she said.

Besides academics, Butler also serves as Student Council president and plays first-chair alto saxophone in the school’s band. &uot;There’s always time to do stuff,&uot; she said. &uot;You just have to make the time.&uot;

&uot;Making time&uot; for extracurriular activities is important, Butler said, because school should be fun as well as educational. Besides, &uot;It helps the school and school spirit,&uot; she said.

Butler is the daughter of Gloria Wesley and Frederick and Lisa Mazique.