‘Over Here, Over Here!’ Seven Ivy League Schools Want This African American Student

Nik Bostrom
Nik Bostrom

*Oh what a great problem to have. What to do? What to do? This is the dilemma for one extremely fortunate teen who has to decide which of the seven…count ’em…seven, Ivy League  schools that want him, he should actually choose to attend.

Meet Nik Bostrom, the student whose family must be over the moon with pride and excitement.

Bostrom said he was surprised when he received acceptance letters from Harvard, Yale, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Princeton, and the University of Pennsylvania. He didn’t even get to apply to the eighth and final Ivy League school on his list, Dartmouth. And may not, now that he has the difficult choice of choosing from those who have already responded.

Even though the student always maintained stellar grades and participated in school activities ranging from marching band and music to the track team (which he had to stop when a back injury happened), he didn’t expect anything to come from his submissions to the Ivy League schools.

“I really didn’t anticipate getting in,” he said. “I didn’t expect this to happen. It doesn’t seem real; it’s a dream,” Bostrom says.

I can’t help but think, and I know you may too, that our black children who know they are smart and worthy, still think they probably won’t be accepted because of the inherent racism displayed in this country. Why else would this kid “not expect” anything to happen when he applied.

“It’s just so rare; it really is an amazing accomplishment,” said Board of Education President John Quattrocchi, who added her also admires the teen “as a person.”

Bostrom is still trying to decide which university he will attend and says, to  NJ.com“I am really being pulled in seven different directions right now. I really don’t know where I want to go.”

And what makes this young man’s victory so sweet is the fact that Ivy League schools posted their lowest acceptance rates of all time last year.

So here’s a tip Bostrom shares as a secret to his success: “I’d rather really learn the material than get 100 on a test,” he said. “Academics are important, but it’s really all about finding a balance and being yourself.”

 You go boy!

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