Brittany Stinson from Delaware just got accepted into Yale, Columbia, UPenn, and Cornell universities as well as Dartmouth College, thanks in part to her essay about her love for Costco.
Stinson was tasked to write about "a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it." Her subject pick was Costco, currently the largest membership-only warehouse club in the United States known for its wide variety of merchandise.
In her essay she elaborates on why the many product choices at the store mirror her endless curiosities about the world. "Costco fuels my insatiability and cultivates curiosity within me at a cellular level," she writes.
In an interview Stinson also points out why she focused her 2,200-word essay on the store. "I had always gone to Costco while growing up. It was a constant part of my childhood. I Iooked forward to trips on the weekends, and I had always treated it as a Disneyland of sorts. I was always curious about the place. The same attitude carried over to everything I tried in life," she said.
What an amazing, an unconventional path to America's elite universities. You can read Stinson's full essay, reprinted with her permission here.
And in other exciting news, these two fabulous young women just got into not one, not two, not three, not four, or five… but all eight of the country's Ivy League schools.
Both girls, Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna and Kelly Hyles, were offered acceptances into each elite university, and are both from New York.
Uwamanzu-Nna attended the Elmont Memorial High School and served as its valedictorian. In a press release, she attributed her work ethic to her parents who are both immigrants from Nigeria.
"My recent accomplishments reflect the hardworking ideals of the town of Elmont, my supportive parents and my dedicated teacher," Uwamanzu-Nna said.
Uwamanzu-Nna plans to study environmental science and biochemistry. According to news reports, she was a finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search for her project exploring how cement could stop underwater oil rigs from rupturing.
Hyles is originally from Guyana, a small country in South America. In an interview she notes that she immigrated to Jamaica, Queens when she was just an 11-year-old girl looking for more opportunities, like the story of so many immigrants that came before her.
"I'm incredibly grateful for this opportunity I've been afforded," Hyles said in an interview.
She was accepted into a total of 21 universities and also pointed out that affording the cost of elite university tuition should not be an issue for her since she has a full ride to almost every school she was accepted into. Hyles became inspired to pursue neurology after seeing her grandmother's husband suffer from Parkinson's disease.
Congratulations to these inspiring young women. We're looking forward to their continued successes in the years to come.
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