by Yailin Ledezma
Envy has risen within several provisional college students towards a 17-year-old Long Island student who applied to all 8 prestigious Ivy League schools, and got accepted. Yes, Kwasi Enin got accepted to every single one, from Brown to Yale. The William Floyd High School senior was in complete amazement as the yesses kept arriving.
It is rare for anyone to apply to all 8 schools, yet Enin accepted the challenge and went forth with his applications. Enin, a violinist and an aspiring physician, scored 2,250 out of 2,400 on the SAT, which placed him at the 99th percentile overall. His counselor was bewildered with his idea on applying at all of the Ivies and even commented, “My heart skipped a beat when he told me he was applying to all eight! 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.”
As of March 27, Enin began hearing back from schools. It was not until he opened up an email from Harvard, that he realized he had been accepted to each and every one of the schools. It was Kwasi’s immediate reaction to say, “This can’t be happening!” This kind of thing does not happen every day. Harvard alone has an acceptance rate of 5.9%, while Cornell accepts only 14%.
It makes one think, what type of students does a school like Yale want? Enin had several things at his favor, like being ranking at No. 11 of his class at William Floyd, with a class of 647. Of course, his SAT scores came in and surprised many. Enin has taken 11 Advanced Placement courses. Apart from what he did academically, Enin is a musician, who sings for William Floyd’s acapela group. With his plans of studying medicine, following his parent’s steps, he also managed to volunteer at Stony Brook University Hospital’s radiology department. Many also believe that him being a first-generation American from Ghana also made him stand out from the others.
Now everyone has to wait and see which of the distinguished schools Kwasi Enin decides to attend this fall, as he’s waiting to see what school is offering the best financial support. Until then, students all over the country should take notes, and participate in such things as Enin did. And who knows, anyone could be the next “All Ivy” kid.
For more on the kid that’s all Ivy: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/ivy-league-schools-student-accepted-schools-perfect-sat-23139659b