Ashley Adirika, a first generation Nigerian-American student from Miami has gained admission to all eight Ivy League Schools. The Ivy League Schools have a reputation for accepting only 12% of its applications, hence one can imagine how hard it must be to get into one. While many struggle to get admission into one Ivy League School, Ashley made the impossible possible by gaining admission to all of them.
The Ivy League is “an American collegiate athletic conference comprising eight private research universities in the Northeastern United States, and has since been used beyond the sports context to refer to the schools as a group of elite colleges with connotations of academic excellence, selectivity in admissions, and social elitism,” according to Wikipedia. This elite list of schools include: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton and Yale.
“I just decided to shoot my shot at all of them and see if it would land. And I had no idea that I would get accepted into all of them,” Ashley says, as she finally chose Harvard to study government. However, before making her final call, she faced a dilemma between Harvard and Yale. Although Yale was her first choice from the beginning, “when I did further research for what I want to do specifically, which is explorations in policy and social policy and things of that nature, Harvard just had a better program,” she says.
Leadership and excellence is her forte as while in high school she was a part of the debate team as well as served as the Student Council President. Moreover, she started Our Story Our Worth, an organization that provides young women of color with mentorship, confidence-building and sisterhood.
We wish all the best to Ashley for her future endeavors.
- Staff Reporter