By Jason Tang
HONOLULU (KHNL) -- 16-year old Samantha Mathews is going to be a senior when school starts again this fall. But it won't be in high school. Mathews is a two sport student athlete at Hawaii Pacific University.
"When she was pursuing this type of advancement, I even said to her, at least a thousand times are you sure you want to do this?" said Karen Mathews, Samantha's mother.
Samantha was sure. She finished the equivalent of four years of high school in one year of home schooling, and she's using that same determination in tennis and cross country.
"Once I start something, I don't want to give up till I accomplish that goal, once I get an idea in my head, I don't give up till I accomplish it," said Samantha.
Her coach can appreciate that. Even though she's much younger than his other players, her desire makes up for any weakness in her game.
"On the court she always gives her best and goes for every single ball no matter how short or deep the ball is, so in that sense her hard work and ethic has paid off," said her HPU tennis coach Stefan Pampulov.
And the payoff is not only on the courts. Samantha's on scholarship at HPU, and is showing no sign of slowing down.
"My goals are to get a 4.0, I'm taking 19 credits in both fall and spring, and I'm taking winter and summer classes, so my goal is to get through all these classes with really good grades so I can get in to the vet school I want to go to."
Aafter obtaining her bachelors degree in biology next year, Samantha hopes to purse a masters degree in marine biology at HPU, and then she plans on becoming a veterinarian.
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