New Jersey: A 17-year old New Jersey girl has made her parents and school proud by being accepted by all the eight Ivy League schools. To add to her joy, she has also been accepted by Stanford. So what’s the big deal?
Every year, hundreds of thousands of students apply for Ivy League colleges and only a fraction of them are selected. It is rare for even brightest of the brightest to be selected in more than one Ivy League School, let alone being accepted by all the school together. Thousands of students with a perfect GPA scores are turned back. They don’t get admission in any of the school despite obviously being very good students.
Apparently you need more than perfect GPA. A report by New York’s ABC7 says that Ifeoma White-Thorpe was selected by all the eight Ivy Leagues including Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, Dartmouth, Brown and the University of Pennsylvania. The girl who first came to know about her selection in Harvard was sure she will go there. But now she has to choose between the best of the best. A senior at Morris Hills High School, Thorpe says, “I was shaking…I was like, ‘oh my gosh, oh my gosh.'”
Apparently her writing and speaking skills and perfect GPA made her the most sought after student in all the eight Ivy League Schools. White-Thorpe, Who is Morris Hills High School’s student government president, said she thinks her love for writing and poetry helped her standout. She is the winner of the National Liberty Museum’s Selma Speech and Essay Contest in 2015.
She has till June to decide as to where she wants to go. The teenager wants to study biology at university, and eventually wants to become a cardiologist. The teen tells ABC, “I want to go into global health and study biology and so many of them have great research facilities, so I was like, I might as well just shoot my shot and apply.”
When asked about their preferences, her parents, Andre and Patricia White-Thorpe, say they have left the decision to their child. “We’re leaving it up to her”, say the proud parents.
In the meantime she says she may give preference to a school where she gets meaningful scholarship. “At this point none of the schools I’ve applied to said they give merit scholarships, so I’m praying that they give me some more financial aid or some money, shout out to all of those schools, please give me something”, says Ifeoma.