The Nigerian teenager, Jude Okonkwo who gained admission into all 8 Ivy League schools (Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania and Yale University) has disclosed that the culture of hard work and responsibility imbibed in him by his high school was what gave him the opportunity.
The Chaminade High School senior explained how he found out about his acceptance into all 8 schools and his reaction afterwards
The 17-year old who plays the piano and sings in his church choir is the president of his school’s glee club, as well as the editor of the school’s newspaper. He is also on the school’s track team.
Okonkwo whose goal is to become a neurosurgeon says he is leaning towards Harvard.
“Hospitals were severely impacted by the storm while so many people needed so much help. It motivated me to serve as a summer lifeguard for the disabled after we moved to New York,” he said.
“My parents enrolled me in swimming lessons after seeing the powerful flood waters Katrina brought ashore, and I realised I could use swimming to help people.
“Tragedies occur in everyday life, and I want to be someone who can help a person and their family heal in their times of need.
“Right now, I’m leaning towards Harvard, because I applied there on early action and I’ve had a chance to kind of engage with the community and get a sense of what the school is all about. But I’m still very much open to the other schools and I want to learn more about them.”
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