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Teen Turns Down 7 Ivy League Schools, Here’s Why



Eghosa Amadin

Eghosa Amadin, a high school graduate from Cypress, Texas has turned down her admissions from seven Ivy League colleges, ABC reports.

The eight Ivy league schools received a total of 275,515 applications in 2016 and have an acceptance rate of 5.2%, but Eghosa has turned down every offer.

She was accepted into more than a dozen top universities in the U.S. and has decided to go to Stanford.

Eghosa believes Stanford’s well-regarded engineering program and proximity to Silicon Valley will enable her to help others.

“Being in the heart of Silicon Valley, I think the opportunity for internships, research opportunities, for jobs, would be more plentiful over there,” she said.

Stanford is also one of the most difficult institutions to get into as it only accepts and average 4.7% of applications.

“My parents had always told me from the beginning that the best thing you can ever do for yourself, just get a good education,” she said.

In her early days of schooling, Eghosa said she would “go to the library and get a huge stacks of books and be done with it in like a week.”

She said she was determined to do more for herself after her family visited a village in famine in Nigeria.

“There are just slums and there would be hundreds of people just laying down and one little area trying to eat anything that they can and I guess in that moment I realized I have to do better. I had to do more. I have to do the best that I can to move higher in life.”

She hopes to go back to the slums and empower its residents.

“It’s empowering them, making them feel like they can do more for themselves as well,” she said.


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  1. Fabulous B

    June 4, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Kudos to you, girl. Keep it up. All the very best

  2. Temi

    June 4, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Misleading headline. They made it sound like she is refusing to go to college

  3. Comment

    June 4, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    It’s not misleading. It’s the truth made catchy by excluding the final detail so you read the post lol. She rejected 7 ivy leagues for a similarly top notch non ivy elite school…..brilliant girl ….Naija no dey carry last..

  4. Rain

    June 4, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    false headline because Stanford is ivy league too

    • Ed

      June 4, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      Stanford isn’t part of Ivy league schools……

    • Cough cough

      June 4, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      If you do not know something to be a fact, it is better to keep quiet! The 8 Ivy League schools are as follows:- Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University and Yale University.

    • Paul

      June 4, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      @rain: Stanford is a top school but not an ivy league university.

    • Jhennique

      June 5, 2017 at 10:38 am

      Stanford isnt Ivy League.

  5. Bruness

    June 4, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    #Exceptional #tap#tap#tap

  6. Weezy

    June 4, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Okay. Ivy league is meaningless – Stanford is one of the best in the world across all programs. It is neck to neck with Harvard in terms of prestige. So what she did isn’t particularly interesting or shocking. In fact the average American thinks Stanford is ivy league.

    • Vera

      June 4, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      Your comments are always uber sensible. Not many people can boast of that when talking about comments. Way to go!

    • Temi

      June 4, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      Which is why I thought the headline is misleading. Stanford is on par with Harvard but way better Han the other 7 Ivy League colleges. So stop making it sound as though she turned down something better by dinging the ivy leagues

    • Mo

      June 4, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      No, the average American doesn’t think Stanford is Ivy League. The average American would have known exactly what the headline meant. It’s the average Nigerian who thinks the Ivy League refers to any prestigious University or college anywhere in the US or Europe – we even say ‘[…], an Ivy League School in the UK.’ Good opportunity to look up the meaning of and history behind the Ivy League.

  7. Leo leo

    June 4, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    I thought she decided to go to Unilag from the headline ?

  8. CurvesAndEdges

    June 4, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Turned down Ivy for Stanford? How’s that news? She for choose Alaska community college na. Stanford may not be labeled ‘Ivy’ but it’s absolutely on the same level.

    Congrats to the young woman either way. Impressive!

    • Comment

      June 4, 2017 at 6:39 pm

      The issue is you’re failing to understand the wittiness behind the news because you’re taking it too literally and seriously. The whole idea behind the news is that the girl is the real MVP and she had so many great choices that she could afford to turn down 7 ivys. When you have only the best to choose from what else do you choose but the best?….That’s why it’s news worthy. I hope this helps you understand 🙂

  9. C

    June 4, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Wish she went to a HBCU rather than all these rich white people schools we need to learn how to embrace togetherness that’s how they keep manipulating us and our currencies. White is the only Right. My child going to a HBCU idgaf who accepts her.

    • Comment

      June 4, 2017 at 6:42 pm

      Your child should go where they would actualoze their full potential. What matters is that he or she becomes so successful that their melanin will inspire others….and they can also help others too when they get to the top.

    • Get real

      June 4, 2017 at 7:14 pm

      @ C, what makes them rich white people schools? Is your child going to an HB world or the real world after graduation? We should prepare the next generation for an all inclusive realistic world. Anything short of that, is an injustice in the grand scheme of things.

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