8 top American varsities scramble exceptionally brilliant Nigerian girl

Posted by News Express | 5 April 2017 | 2,191 times

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•Sharp-brained Ifeoma White-Thorpe.

A Nigerian teen in New Jersey, USA, is facing the kind of decision most high school students only dream about after getting accepted to all eight Ivy League colleges.

Ifeoma White-Thorpe, a senior at Morris Hills High School in Rockaway, said she was “shaking” when she opened the last of the eight acceptance letters.

“I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, this might be eight out of eight,” White-Thorpe, 17, recalled to WABC-7. “I clicked it and it said ‘Congratulations’ and I was like oh my goodness.”

White-Thorpe wants to study biology and pursue a career in global health.

She applied to the eight Ivy league schools – Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Dartmouth and Brown – because they all have “great research facilities.”

White-Thorpe has aced all of her AP classes and boasts an impressive resume that includes her role as her school’s student government president.

But she thinks her poetry and writing has made her stand out.

The talented teen, who was also accepted to Stanford, won the grand prize in the National Liberty Museum Selma Speech and Essay Contest two years ago.

In her essay, “Let Freedom Ring”, White-Thorpe wrote movingly about the achievements of the civil rights movement and the present-day struggles of people like her young brother.

“Dr. King said, ‘Let freedom ring,’ and for the longest time I had thought that freedom had been rung, and that the fight for freedom was done,” she wrote.

“But when my brother no longer felt safe walking to the bus stop, or putting his hood up on rainy days, I began to question what is freedom, and how free am I today?”

White-Thorpe said her decision will likely hinge on which school offers the most financial aid.

Her parents, Andre and Patricia White-Thorpe, said the decision is hers to make.

“At this point none of the schools I’ve applied to said they give merit scholarships, so I’m praying that they give me some more financial aid or some money,” White-Thorpe said.

“Shout out to all of those schools. Please give me something.”

•Adapted from a New York Daily News report.

Source: News Express

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