Emma Lord
April 06, 2015 2:52 pm

OK, think back on the hardest decision you ever made in your whole human life. Odds are you wrestled around with it for hours, maybe even days, because Big Decisions have their way of picking your brain parts in ways that are both challenging and great. But as loaded as your biggest decision probably was, imagine for a second being in the position of Harold Ekeh, the high school senior who was just accepted into all 8 Ivy League colleges. NO PRESSURE, right?

But if there is anybody on the planet who can handle this kind of decision, it’s Harold. The 17-year-old, who emigrated from Nigeria to Queens, New York with his family 8 years ago, has spent seemingly every waking moment not just working toward these acceptances, but pursuing the causes he is most passionate about. When he isn’t trailblazing in class, he is mentoring other students, participating in sports, volunteering for social justice campaigns, and intensively researching for his biochemistry experiments.

“Kids would say, ‘I want to be a firefighter or a police officer or a superhero’,” said Harold in a statement to CBS News.  “I would say I want to explore the human body, what makes us who we are. I would like to be a neurosurgeon when I grow up.”

His mother, who works in human resources, and his father, who works for the NYPD traffic division, could not be more proud of his success, regardless of his astounding number of acceptances.

“I am overwhelmed. To say that I am proud is not enough, it is awesome,” said his father Paul.

So what on earth is a kid to do after getting into all the most coveted schools in the nation? Right now, Harold says he’s leaning toward Yale, which happens to be the only campus he has seen. In the next week, he intends to spend some time traveling to see the rest, and hopefully have enough perspective to make his final decision.

“I am very humbled by this. I see this as not an accomplishment for me, but as an accomplishment for my school, my community, because I really see this as my mission to inspire the next generation,” said Harold.

Harold is already making his mark on the world, and undoubtedly will find success wherever he goes. Now that all the admissions work is out of the way, it’s just a simple case of following his gut.

(Image from here.)

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