For many high school seniors in the U.S., getting into one Ivy League school is cause to celebrate — let alone seven.
But that’s exactly what David Odekunle, a New Jersey-based Nigerian student, has done. He received seven acceptances to almost all of America’s most elite universities.
The sense of accomplishment is strong for the 17-year-old, who grew up in the small town of Jebba, Nigeria and briefly lived in Scotland before his family relocated to Bloomfield, New Jersey.
“Growing up in Nigeria, I had so much more adversity and challenges,” David told WCBS. “So being able to use that to not let it deter me from achieving what I want to achieve is what has played such a huge role in my life.”
Upon moving to the U.S., David knew the importance of getting involved, so he joined the chess club, mock trial club and the poetry club, all of which helped grow his social circle and academic skills.
His sense of drive has been helped along by his family; his parents both became doctors upon moving to New Jersey, while his brother Emmanuel was also accepted to multiple Ivy League schools two years ago.
David is yet to make his final decision as to where he’ll head, but knows that he wants to study biology, and later go to medical school to become a doctor.
He has 15 total options to choose from, including Princeton University, Yale University, Brown University, Columbia University, Dartmouth University, Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania.
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