Monday, April 6, 2015

8 facts about the Nigerian-born student accepted into all 8 Ivy League schools

  1. 17 year old Harold Ekeh achieved what many thought was an impossible feat. He got accepted into 13 universities and 8 of them are some of the nation's elite institutions: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth and the University of Pennsylvania
  2. The Nigerian born student was also accepted into the other five schools he applied to: MIT, NYU, Johns Hopkins University, Stony Brook University and Vanderbilt University
  3. Harold speaks Igbo and Spanish and has a 100.5% GPA but he didn't always excel in school. His parents moved their family to the US from Nigeria when he was 8 years old. The oldest of five boys, he remembers asking his parents, "Why did you move us all across the Atlantic to America?

      4. The Long island resident  had a hard time adjusting to America because of his heavy            accent. ““It was very difficult to adjust . . . I spoke English but with a very                                     heavy accent. It was like, ‘What is             this kid saying?’ ”

      5. His mother Roseline works for a human resources agency in Queens, and his father           Paul Ekeh works at the NYPD's traffic division. Of course his parents are incredibly               proud of their son, his Mom posted on Facebook: 'All glory to the most high God!!!'.

      6. He's leaning toward Yale but has a few more schools to visit before he decides. He              is interested in neurobiology but isn't making any promises. Ultimately, he plans to                be a neurosurgeon to study Alzheimer's, a disease his grandmother suffers from.

       7.Harold has founded a college mentoring program at his school, Elmont Memorial                 High School on Long Island in the New York city suburbs. His goal is to get more                   students into  top universities.

       8. His advice to other high school students is simple: "Like my parents always told us,              the secret to success is unbridled resolve.


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