His name has been everywhere the past few weeks. So who is Kwasi Enin? Kwasi is your typical Long Island 17 year-old senior minus the fact that he was recently accepted into all of the Ivy League colleges. ALL EIGHT.
But to the people surrounding him this does not come as a huge surprise. He has a strong work ethic, he is humble and he is dedicated. He ranks No. 11 in his senior class (of 647), scored a 2,250 out of 2,400 on the SAT exam and has taken 11 Advanced Placement courses. In his free time, he volunteers at Stony Brook University Hospital’s radiology department. He competes in shot put and discus for his school’s track team. He plays the viola for the school orchestra. He sings in his school’s acapella group and wants to pursue music along with medicine in college, which I think is really cool. He has acted in several school plays, is a member of the schools Youth & Government club and also plays the electric bass. And the list goes on!
He now has a tough decision ahead of him deciding which Ivy he will go to – he is currently leaning towards Yale but I’m sure he will make the right decision. If you are interested in reading his college essay, here is a draft of it. I personally think it is interesting how he writes about integrating music into every part of his life. You can find the draft online but I debated posting it due to all of the negative, racist and hate-filled comments that people have been posting towards this kid. It’s totally fine if you do not think his essay is good, but do not demean his plethora of accomplishments or say that he does not deserve to have gotten accepted into any of the Ivys and it was only due to Affirmative Action. If you really feel this way, please refer back to the second paragraph above.
I think that no matter your age, Kwasi’s dedication and work ethic is such an inspiration. Put in the effort, go above and beyond, work harder than your peers and you can definitely achieve success no matter what you are working towards.