A 17-year-old Nigerian teenager, Ashley Adirika, has been celebrated after she got multiple admission offers in the US.
Ashley Adirika who graduated from Miami Beach Senior High School this month joined the restricted group of students to gain admission to all Ivy League Universities.
In an interview with CNN, she admitted that it has always been a dream for her to study in an Ivy League school.
For years, each Ivy League school has accepted less than 12% of its applicants. The Ivy League is “an American collegiate athletic conference comprising eight private research universities in the Northeastern United States, and has since been used beyond the sports context to refer to the schools as a group of elite colleges with connotations of academic excellence, selectivity in admissions, and social elitism.”
They include Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale.
In her word, Ashley said “I just decided to shoot my shot at all of them and see if it would land. And I had no idea that I would get accepted into all of them.”
“On Ivy Day, I remember crying a lot and just being extremely surprised.” She also got accepted to seven other top-rated schools, including Stanford, Vanderbilt, and Emory. With plans to major in government, Ashley chose Harvard.”
“Before the college application process, Yale was my top choice. But when I did further research for what I want to do specifically, which is explorations in policy and social policy and things of that nature, Harvard just had a better program,” she says.
Congratulations to Ashley.