Florida Teen Gets Accepted Into Every Ivy League College

A Florida teenager is going to Harvard University after being accepted into all eight Ivy League schools.
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Ashley Adirika, a 17-year-old debate champ, managed to get into Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Yale - all because she decided to "shoot" her "shot" and apply for all of the prestigious schools.

Speaking to ABC News, the teen said of her reaction to finding out how spoilt for choice she was: "The tears just started to come out. Like they started to flow out. My siblings and I were just really excited, like screaming, jumping around. It was crazy."

Adirika, who went to high school at Miami Beach Senior High School, was also accepted to Stanford, Vanderbilt, and Emory.

“I just decided to shoot my shot at all of them and see if it would land — And I had no idea that I would get accepted into all of them. I remember crying a lot and just being extremely surprised, ” the the diligent student told CNN.

The odds weren't exactly in her favor as, according to CNN, since 2018, Ivy League schools have been accepting less than 12% of their applicants.

This year Yale accepted 4.5%, Columbia took 3.7% and Harvard, the school Adirika plans to attend, accepted a record low of 3.2%.

She now plans to major in government at Harvard this fall.

Deciding between Harvard and Yale was not easy, Adirika told the outlet - ultimately, though, she decided on the former school.

"Before the college application process, Yale was actually my top choice. But when I did further research for what I want to do specifically, which is explorations in policy and social policy and things of that nature, Harvard just had a better program," she said.

Adirika plans to join the debate team at Harvard and will go to law school after she completes her undergraduate studies.

"I am really passionate about policy and using policy to empower communities. And so in the short term, for me, that looks like becoming a lawyer," she said. "But in the long term, I want to use that as a platform to do work in policy."

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