18 year old Amina Mabizari from Houston TX got accepted to seven out of the eight US Ivy League universities. Only Harvard did put her on a waiting list. This is a huge achievement since these universities only accept about 5% of applicants and being accepted into just one of them is a big dream for most brilliant students.
"The reason I applied to so many schools is that I didn't think I would get accepted to any of them, It's funny to say now after being accepted, but it's kind of unheard-of in Alief to be accepted to such top-tier schools." Amina said.
Amina came a long way from being the lowest-performing student in kindergarten who had trouble reading and identifying letters. Back then Amina's mom knew very little English but decided to fight for her child: she would work on her English and spend a lot of time reading for Amina and helping her with letters and sounds. Her effort paid big time: by the end of that year, Amina's teacher said she had become her highest-achieving student.
Growing up Amina continued her path towards excellence and took on roles as member of the Alief ISD Superintendent H.D. Chambers' advisory council, president of Elsik High School's National Honor Society, and state president of the Texas Association of Student Councils.
For her college applications, she wrote a personal essay about how her father had worked hard to make a living for his family in Algeria, how his grandfather was killed in Algeria's war of independance, and how his father earned a scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin.
Amina wants to attend law school and get into politics. She dreams of becoming a senator. "Never give into this idea that you are in any way less than someone from a different area," Amina said. "You are just as capable as anyone else."
Source: Houston Chronicle.