A Texas high school student was brought to tears in a heartwarming video when he received an acceptance letter from his dream school, Stanford University.
But the celebrations didn’t end there: The school’s decision was just one of 20 acceptances Michael Brown got from top colleges in the US, all offering him full scholarships.
The 17-year-old from Houston said he didn’t anticipate so many acceptances and remains in shock.
“I was certainly nervous,” Brown told news station KHOU. “I study a considerable amount I think.”
Brown, a Lamar High School student, said that several Ivy League schools, including Harvard, Yale, University of Pennsylvania and Princeton, are among his top choices, according to KHOU.
The teen also has his pick of colleges such as Stanford, Northwestern, Georgetown, Vanderbilt and Johns Hopkins. He has until May 1 to make his decision.
When applying to schools, Brown boasted a 4.68 GPA and listed extracurricular activities such as the debate team and Young Democrats.
Brown, who grew up in the low-income neighborhood Third Ward, said he encourages others to not let their circumstances prevent them from working toward their dreams.
“Be helpful. Dream big. Don’t be afraid,” Brown told KHOU. “Be proud of your family, love yourself, love your community and then share your story. Inspire other people to really reach for the stars and achieve their dreams.”
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