A New Jersey high school senior decided to shoot for the stars, and it paid off.
In a monumental feat, Ifeoma White-Thorpe has been accepted into every single Ivy League school – eight in total.
“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,” she told WABC-TV.
White-Thorpe, a senior who has aced her advanced placement courses and serves as student government president at Rockaway’s Morris Hills High School, was shaking with anticipation upon receiving the eighth acceptance letter, according to CNN.
“I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, like this might be eight out of eight,’ and I clicked it and it said ‘Congratulations’ and I was like, ‘Oh my goodness!’ ” White-Thorpe told WABC-TV.
White-Thorpe already won accolades for an essay that she wrote and read for National Liberty Museum’s national Selma Speech & Essay Contest in 2015 – “Let Freedom Ring.” The contest marked the 50th anniversary of the Selma march and the topic was “current issues of individual freedom and self-determination,” and her entry won. In light of her exceptional accomplishment, White-Thorpe’s words ring true: “Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. Education is essential for change, and I, yes me, I aspire to be that change.”
She now faces a very difficult choice between Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Dartmouth and Brown – plus she got into Stanford.
As of now, she says she’s not sure which elite school she will choose; scholarships and financial aid will play into her decision. But she can count herself as one of a select few who have accomplished the remarkable feat.