Ten years ago, Harold Ekeh arrived from Nigeria to begin his new life in the USA. At 17, he’s now well on his way to living the American dream, having been accepted into all 8 Ivy League schools.
“I expected to maybe get into Stony Brook, a couple of other safeties, just based upon the SAT and the GPA, but I was still never certain of anything,” said
Ekeh, who scored a 2270 out of 2400 on his SATs.
“There are so many variables taken into consideration in college admissions, so I was never certain of anything at any point.”
Ekeh plans to to study biochemistry and become a neurosurgeon. He’s inspired by his grandmother, who began showing symptoms of Alzheimer’s when he was 11. He wants to find a cure.
America has given his family a life they might never have had in Nigeria.
“In America, the opportunities are truly limitless … so I think that’s what surprised me the most, how amazing the opportunities really are.”