In a news conference Wednesday at William Floyd High School in Suffolk County on Long Island, the modest senior said he only applied to all eight schools because he thought that would give him a shot at getting accepted to one of them. Instead his streak began with a letter from Princeton in December and ended in late March when Harvard weighed in.
"I thought Harvard would be the one to reject me," he said.
He said students at Yale were "friendly and energetic" when he visited the campus after his acceptance.
"I'm not intimidated by the school very much," he said. "There's always that shock factor for most college kids -- the world's bigger than I thought it was. There are a lot more smart kids than I thought there were, compared to me. But I'm ready for that."
Kwasi, the son of immigrants from Ghana, had a straight-A average at William Floyd, got top scores on the SAT, took 11 advanced placement courses and somehow found time to play the viola, sing a cappella, volunteer in a hospital radiology department and engage in shot putting. Relatives, friends and teachers gathered with him as he announced his plans.
He plans to be a doctor.
Harvard, Yale and Princeton are generally considered the top three in the most prestigious group of colleges in the United States. The others are the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Brown, Dartmouth and Cornell.
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