June 14, 2017
By Abigail Richardson and Brayan Crescencio, Cypress Falls HS
June 14, 2017—The collegiate class of 2021 experienced one of the most competitive years in applying to Ivy League universities. The cumulative acceptance rate of the eight schools came in at 7.9 percent, and colleges like Cornell and Brown reached new low acceptance rates.
Among thousands of applications, Cypress Falls High School graduate Eghosa Amadin accomplished an incredible feat, earning seven Ivy League acceptances while making the wait list for the eighth.
Amadin, who instead chose to pursue an engineering degree at Stanford University, was featured in an ABC 13 report this month.
“It feels really good,” Amadin said. “It feels better that I made my parents proud more than for myself.”
Amadin has earned many accomplishments, including president of the National Honor Society, president of Spanish Club and secretary of Key Club, among other leadership positions. Despite a well-rounded academic and extracurricular résumé, Amadin faced apprehension for her future.
“The reason I applied to so many was because I was really scared that I wouldn't get in anywhere,” she said. “But I knew I did as much as I could have done and I worked hard. I tried my best and whatever happened, happened.”
As the acceptance letters rolled in, Amadin’s parents, Richard and Lati, expressed pride in their daughter.
“My mom was jumping up and down and screaming and yelling and dancing, and my dad was off the walls and everything,” Amadin said.
Amadin’s peak of joy and excitement came from one of the many acceptances in the mail.
“My proudest moment honestly would be opening up the Harvard acceptance, because for my parents coming from Nigeria, that’s like the holy grail of education,” Amadin said. “I wish I could replay my mom’s reaction over and over again, it was so amazing.”
Amadin’s advice to fellow students was to pave the way to their dreams with strong motivation and dedication.
“Don’t be afraid to aim high and reach for your dream schools because you never know what’s going to happen,” she said. “Also, work hard every single day. It might be tough at the time, but it will all be worth it in the end.”