Kwasi Enin, Accepted to All 8 Ivy League Schools, Chooses Yale
    2014-05-01 06:50:01     Reuters TV       Web Editor: Jiang

Kwasi Enin speaks at a news conference at William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach, N.Y., on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Enin, who was accepted into all eight Ivy League colleges, announced he will attend Yale University in the fall. Enin says he wants to study medicine. His parents are both nurses and immigrated to the United States from Ghana in the 1980s. [Photo: Frank Eltman/Imagine China]

A rare feat for even the most gifted students; 17-year old high school senior Kwasi Enin was accepted into each of the eight U.S. Ivy League universities.

Enin received acceptance letters from Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale. He was also accepted into several other top-ranked schools.

After careful consideration, Enin announced on Wednesday (April 30) that he has chosen to attend Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

Enin made the announcement from his high school gymnasium in Mastic Beach, New York, a small suburb located in Long Island.

"Each school has unique characteristics and so much to offer which made this an incredibly difficult decision. I look forward to the next phase of life and the amazing opportunities that await me. I'm excited and proud to announce that this fall I'll become a member of the Yale University class of 2018."

Although it was a difficult decision, unlike an exam, there was probably no wrong answer.

Enin's proud parents and younger sister attended the announcement.

"I only hope that he will be an inspiration to all kids. That with hard work and dedication, you can all make it to his level and even surpass him. I was really surprised that he got into all the colleges. We weren't expecting it. That was very impressive and we are so proud and so excited about all that he's achieved," said Enin's mother Doreen.

While mom was surprised, Enin's father, Ebenezer, was not.

"Even though there is a lot of surprise, at the same time it's not surprising, because we gave him a really, really good foundation," he said.

Enin's parents came to the U.S. from Ghana before Kwasi was born.

The 17-year old has more than intelligence and talent on his side, he is also a violinist in the school orchestra and a shot put and discus athlete, according to local media.

Enin said the secret to anyone's success is to set high standards to "push yourself as far as you can go."

After Yale, Enin said he plans to go to medical school and become a doctor.


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