Last year, Harold Ekeh had a tough choice to make last year. He had to choose to attend only one of the 8 Ivy League schools since all of them offered him admission.
In case you are wondering what Ivy League means, it is a conference of some of the best tertiary institutions in the world.
We have Columbia University, Havard University, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Princeton University and Yale University.
He ended up choosing Yale.
Now, another Nigerian has the same dilemma. Meet Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna.
Not only was she accepted into these schools, she also got accepted into four other schools she applied for.
For her, the experience has been surreal.
“My recent accomplishments reflect the hardworking ideals of the town of Elmont, my supportive parents and my dedicated teachers. I am elated, but most importantly, I am thankful.”
You know the best part, Harold and Augustina actually went to the same High School, Elmont Memorial High School. This is what their teachers deserve right now.
Harold is only Nigerian by birth, since his parents were Ghanaian immigrants who then migrated afterwards to the USA when he was 9. Augustina was born in the US, but she is very in touch with her Nigerian identity.
She told WABC;
“Though I was born here in America, I visited Nigeria many times, and I’ve seen that my cousins don’t have the same opportunities that I have. So definitely, whatever I do, I want to make sure that it has an impact on Nigeria.”
She wants a school that would allow her pursue her scientific interests, including Environmental Studies and Biochemistry.
On the secret of her success? She said;
“I’ve struggled with numerous classes in the past. But I guess what allowed me to be successful … is my persistence and my tenacity.”