The Foolishness of Being Accepted to Every Ivy League School

So, we’ve likely all heard by now about the young man from Long Island who was accepted into all eight Ivy League Schools. He was also accepted into a few other schools. From an article published on a Raleigh, NC news channel site: “Seventeen-year-old Harold Ekeh of Elmont, N.Y. told ABC News that he was shocked when he logged onto his computer on March 31 to discover that he had been accepted to all 13 of the prestigious schools he applied to, including all eight Ivy League colleges.” The article goes on to say “Ekeh was accepted by all eight Ivy League schools: Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University. Other colleges that accepted Ekeh were Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, New York University and SUNY Stony Brook.”
Full article here:
First off, let me make it clear that I am not trying to take anything away from this young man. He is obviously smart. Incredibly smart. The issue that I have with this whole situation is that someone, in my opinion, was giving him some incredibly poor advice. Why would I say that? Because I see no point in telling someone that he or she should apply for all those schools. Frankly, I think this was done as an ego move on the part of an advisor (the better situation) or a parent (I’d like to think not). While this young man gets a little bit of press for being accepted into every school, the truth is, his advisors or parents get much more recognition. They are the ones who will be able to brag in the community about how their child got into every Ivy League school. Either of these groups would benefit from being able to say they coached or raised someone who got into all the schools. The truth is, just getting into Harvard or Yale or MIT is enough to effectively secure his whole life. There really is, in my opinion, no benefit to applying to all the schools.
There is also the issue of cost. While it has been a while since I applied to schools for undergraduate education, but I can’t see any of these schools charging less than $50 each, probably closer to $75 for each of them. It would seem that that would amount to quite a significant amount of money to spend for school that could be spent elsewhere doing something in the community. I also suspect that this is something that came from someone other than this young man himself.
So, like I said, I have nothing against this young man and am not trying to diminish his accomplishments. But I do think someone gave him some bad information. My suspicion is that someone had other motives related to their own ego or because some person wanted to live vicariously through this young man. That’s the sad thing about this situation.


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