WCVB ABC5 News reports that an Igbo boy Obinna Igbokwe who attended Brockton High School, Massachusetts has been accepted by 7 out of 8 Ivy League universities. READ DETAILS below:
A Brockton High School senior was rejected by one Ivy League school, but since then, seven others have sent him acceptance letters.
“I didn’t think that I would get into a lot of these schools,” said Obinna Igbokwe, 17, explaining that he wasn’t too discouraged about the initial rejection letter. “There was a sense of validation that I got afterwards. However, I didn’t do the things I wanted to do because of validation. But of course validation is enjoyable.”
The Enterprise said Igbokwe – who previously attended the Arnone Elementary School and the Plouffe Academy – is now deciding whether his next stop will be Princeton, Harvard or Columbia.
Igbokwe said that he is unsure about his college major, but he looks forward to studying environmental science, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, economics or another subject at one of the best schools in the country.
“It’s very exciting to be able to think that I could have the opportunity to work with people who are No. 1 in their field at whatever they are doing,” said Igbokwe, who is currently taking college-level course through the Brockton High School International Baccalaureate Programme
So does Igbokwe study hard or what?
“You have to, yeah,” said the Brockton High School senior. “Usually, I do things after school until 7 or 8 p.m. Then I do homework until 1 or 2 a.m. Then I wake up again.”
Growing up as the son of Nigerian immigrants, Igbokwe’s parents instilled a strong work ethic in him, pushing the Brockton boy to study hard, especially when he was younger. Nowadays, Igbokwe said he is self-motivated.
That self-motivation isn’t limited to books and homework. Igbokwe is also active with extracurriculars, including an after school job working for the Massachusetts Coalition Occupational Safety and Health in Boston, and volunteerism with the C5 New England youth program.
Igbokwe said he started as a volunteer for MassCOSH about two years ago, but then worked his way up to an internship and then a job there. In that job, a few weeks ago, Igbokwe said he participated in a walk through at the Boston Latin School testing air quality, as part of an asthma prevention program.
Igbokwe is also a devoted player of the baritone horn, playing in the school band since he was in fourth grade. He plans to take music as a minor in college.
His mother Chidinma Igbokwe expressed pride and excitement for her son, as did the rest of the local Nigerian Igbo ethnic community from the Umuada Igbo organization.
She thanked Brockton Public Schools for “bringing the best out of my son,” calling it some good news in a city of so many negative stories.
“Every time we hear about kids on drugs, kids with guns, but we never hear something good about Brockton,” Chidinma Igbokwe said. “Hopefully, I can open someone’s eyes to see that going to private school doesn’t automatically make you a strong student or a good student. … If you learn and concentrate you can make it. … Whatever you do, try and be the best. That’s what we instill.”
Igbokwe said he doesn’t hold a grudge against Yale University, the only one of the eight Ivy League schools that rejected his application. He said it’s more about the right fit, rather than qualifications, at a certain point.
Igbokwe said his parents convinced him to apply to every Ivy League school, because he was planning to apply to some colleges in California. If an Ivy League school accepted him, it would be a better option closer to home, the parents rationalized, according to Igbokwe.
The Ivy League-bound student said he’s grateful for the education he received in Brockton, and is now looking forward to his collegiate opportunities.
“I felt as if the education I got here was extremely good,” he said. “At (one of these Ivy League schools), I will have the opportunity to explore, A, more of my passions, and, B, to do more meaningful work inside the actual fields I plan to go into. It’s very exciting.”
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