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Hey Teens, You Should Read This Little Story About One Of Your Peers Getting Into All Eight Ivy Leagues

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Hey Teens  You Should Read This Little Story About One Of Your Peers Getting Into All Eight Ivy Leagues shutterstock 127264244 280x187 jpgMan, the rest of you teenagers can take a seat, including my own 17-year-old, because Kwasi Enin is now officially the best teenager of all time. I don’t even know this kid and when I read his story I was popping open a bottle of champagne and getting ready to call all my family to brag on him. This kid deservers everything awesome and wonderful that the world has to offer, because he has been accepted into not only Princeton and Harvard, but Yale,  Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, and the University of Pennsylvania. All eight ivys. All eight amazing colleges. And sure, you can say some of these schools aren’t as prestigious as they used to be but then I will tell you to shut your face hole because what Kwasi has done here is remarkable. I get all shivery just thinking about it.

From USA Today:

“My heart skipped a beat when he told me he was applying to all eight,” says Nancy Winkler, a guidance counselor at William Floyd High School, where Enin attends class. In 29 years as a counselor, she says, she’s never seen anything like this. “It’s a big deal when we have students apply to one or two Ivies. To get into one or two is huge. It was extraordinary.”

For most of the eight schools, acceptance comes rarely, even among the USA’s top students. At the top end, Cornell University admitted only 14% of applicants. Harvard accepted just 5.9%.

So let’s break down how Kwasi made this happen, shall we? He ranks 11 in a class of 647 at William Floyd, which is a Long Island public school. His SAT score, at 2,250 out of 2,400 points. He will have taken 11 advanced placement courses, he signs in his school’s a capella group, and he volunteers at a hospital radiology department.

This is astounding.

I don’t know about you parents, but because I have my own high school junior I’m getting all sorts of nervous about the whole college application process and what schools he will be considering and whether or not I can afford them, but when you think about Kwasi and how he has basically written his own ticket to having the sort of education that will prepare him for the world it makes you want to sit down with your own teen and show them this story. Hard work, focus and dedication do pay off. Eight ivys. I am floored.

Teens like this give me so much hope for the future. I mean, yeah, my own kid is pretty great but eight ivys! Sheesh! The other aspect of this story I love is how many parents just like me are going to be sticking this little story on their own kids Facebook walls, you know, just as a gentle reminder that doing well in high school totally pays off. OH and for those of you who are interested, here is the essay that got this amazing young man accepted to all EIGHT schools.

(Image: Northfoto///shutterstock)

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