From the Conservative Tribune: Far too often, we only hear about the bad things in life that happen, as that is the way our mainstream media is geared, to garner ratings with violence, blood, and corruption.
However, it is good sometimes to take a step back, take a deep breath, and look around at some of the good things that are happening, things that need to be showcased and celebrated.
So it is with Harold Ekeh, a young genius who immigrated to New York with his parents from Nigeria when he was just a young boy.
Ekeh just achieved an exceedingly rare feat, as he applied and was accepted to all eight Ivy League universities, along with five other prestigious universities as well.
“My parents’ hard work and my hard work finally paid off,” said Ekeh, who scored a 2270 on his SAT and boasts a GPA just over 100 percent.
According to the New York Post, Ekeh now gets to choose which Ivy League school he would like to attend, which includes Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth and the University of Pennsylvania.
Ekeh was also accepted into MIT, NYU, Johns Hopkins University, Stony Brook University and Vanderbilt University, none of which could be looked on as any less prestigious than the Ivy League schools.
As it stands right now, Ekeh is leaning towards attending Yale, where a young immigrant from Ghana named Kwasi Enin attends. Enin, who also hails from Long Island, New York, also achieved the rare Ivy League sweep last year too.
“My parents left comfortable lives in Nigeria for their kids to have opportunities. So I take advantage of every single opportunity that has been afforded to me,” said Ekeh.
He hopes to one day become a neurosurgeon, and is inspired to do so in the hopes that he can discover a treatment or cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, which his grandmother suffers from.
However, Ekeh doesn’t consider himself to be anything out of the ordinary or extra special, saying, “Anybody who sees my story can say, ‘If he can do it, I can do it.’ I’m just a kid who had a real strong support system.”
“I don’t see it as an accomplishment for me. I see it as an accomplishment for my community. I hope it inspires the younger generation, not just in Elmont, but overall,” he said.
This is fantastic, and goes to show that hard work and a supportive family structure can help anyone achieve great things, if they set their mind to it.
It would be nice if we could hear more stories like this one, and celebrate other kids like Harold Ekeh, who are working hard to make their life bright, instead of focusing on and “celebrating” the thugs and criminals whose lives were ended too soon due to their own bad decisions.