This story is the quintessential American dream. A girl and her mom move from Guyana to the United States to get the girl a better education. Mom works 15-hours per day, while the girl studies her butt off. Then, the girl gets 21 college acceptances, including all eight Ivy League schools in the country.
According to Today, Kelly Hyles was first accepted to Cornell University, and the other seven soon followed. In the Today Show segment below, Hoda Kotb explains that Hyles and her mother left Guyana when Hyles was 11 for the superior American education system. They settled in New York City, and Anette worked two jobs or 15-hour days in order to support her daughter in her studies.
Here’s a recap of Hyles’ schedule:
Kelly wakes herself up at 5:30 a.m. every morning, taking a hour and a half bus and a train to the prestigious High School for Math, Science and Engineering and City College of New York. She spends her mornings at school, and her afternoons at Mount Sinai Hospital, where she works as a researcher.
In the video, Hyles–with an infectious smile–says, “I got into Harvard, yeah,” and is leaning towards going there. She wants to be a neurosurgeon.
Shockingly, she’s not the only student to be accepted into all 8 Ivy League schools this year. New York student Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna was also accepted into the elite colleges with a weighted GPA of 101.6 on a scale of 100.