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Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan in 1893
Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan in 1893

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Going to Radcliffe College

Keller was very smart, but she still had to prepare for college. When she was 16 years old, she went to the Cambridge School for Young Ladies. It was her first time going to school with seeing and hearing students. She worked hard and did well. Her long-time teacher and helper, Anne Sullivan, went with her. Sullivan also worked hard. Sullivan attended all of Keller's classes and used the manual alphabet to share the lectures with Keller. She also helped Keller with her homework by reading books to her that weren't available in Braille. After the Cambridge School, Keller studied with a personal tutor and Sullivan. In 1899, just after her 19th birthday, Keller took the entrance exams for Radcliffe College. She passed all of them and even received honors in German and English! Her dream of going to college was coming true.

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