While it’s almost a freak occurrence, Morris Hills High School-student Ifeoma White-Thorpe is facing a crucial dilemma—which of all eight, Ivy League universities to attend.
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However, White-Thorpe’s only legwork entails researching her best option—they all want her. “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 said in an interview.
Most high schoolers barely conceive of getting into just one of the Ivy League colleges. Why is it that Ms. White-Thorpe got into all eight of them?
Could it be the senior’s a student-government president at her Rockaway high school? Maybe it’s the fact Ifeoma has a passion for biology and is gunning for a future in global health. (She mentioned the Ivy League “[has] great research facilities,” which was why she sent submissions to all eight.) But how is it all the US’s top, eight schools sent her an invite?
She’s not the only one to see all the Ivy League doors open for them. In 2014, Kwasi Enin received the same invite—Harold Ekeh, Ronald Nelson, Victor Agbafe, Munira Khalif, Stefan Stoykov & Fernando Rojas in 2015; Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna & Kelly Hyles in 2016; Martin Altenburg also joined the club this year.
The majority of these students are either immigrants or children of immigrants. Rather than primarily focusing on diversity, gender identity and other socio-political issues, perhaps US-born parents should be exposing their children to the academic points of education—English, math, science and history would be a good start.