Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Cornell, U Penn, Columbia, Stanford, and Brown – those are the colleges Ifeoma White-Thorpe just got accepted to. In the past few days, Ifeoma has gained worldwide attention for her landmark achievement of making it into all eight Ivy league schools. While she ponders over which school she finally chooses to go to, let’s take a step into this New Jersey teenager’s remarkable journey.
Born in Nigeria, Ifeoma White-Thorpe is an active high school senior at Morris Hills High School in Rockaway, New Jersey. A prominent participant in school activities, and student government president, she boasts a venerable academic and extra-curricular profile which bears the marks of a true high achiever. She has earned accolades for her essay titled, “Let Freedom Ring”, which won the National Liberty Museum’s Selma Speech & Essay Contest in 2015. That essay allows a brief peak into this teenager’s mind when she goes on to say that “Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. Education is essential for change, and I, yes me, I aspire to be that change”. Her essay stood out not because it was about her, or the average teenager’s limited world view, but because it was the exact opposite. Her work revolved around access to education, freedom to make choices, and racial equality which reflects a high level of intellect and maturity. Her placement in advanced classes is another testament to her solid dedication and unending passion for excelling at education.
Ifeoma White-Thorpe initially applied to Harvard, and that is where she got her first acceptance letter from. Based on her interests, she also sent off applications to other ivy league schools, and the rest, as they say, is history. Ifeoma’s parents, Andre and Patricia White-Thorpe couldn’t be more proud. The final decision, they say, is up to their daughter, who remains undecided. Andre works as a Computer Consultant, while his wife is a doctor of pharmacy. As of this time, Ifeoma is still unsure about the school she will choose. She has already stated that she plans to major in Global Health, so the nature of research facilities and existing biology programs at the schools will come into play. Until then, Ifeoma is a very special teenager who has accomplished a feat few in recent memory have – and that is something to be proud of day in and day out.
With rising costs of education and increasingly tough admissions procedures being the norm at colleges throughout the country, it isn’t every day that you get to hear uplifting news like this. Ifeoma White-Thorpe’s achievement is an inspirational example of the results that can be achieved through hard work, dedication, and enthusiasm for serving humanity. To all aspiring college applicants, this is an important lesson: focus on the world around you and making the changes that can help communities around the globe. Another important tip is to improve communication skills, especially writing skills in order to get your point across more effectively to your audience – which will include the admissions committee at your top choice school in the near future.