‘Tis the season for college acceptance (and rejection) letters to begin rolling in for many anxious and eager high school seniors.
Following the joyous news of Nigerian-born Ifeoma White-Thorpe gaining acceptance to all eight Ivy League universities and Stanford, a set of quadruplets from Ohio made headlines for all being accepted into Yale and Harvard, among other prospective institutions.
“We’re still in shock, honestly,” one of the brothers, Aaron Wade, told The Washington Post. “I don’t think it has sunk in yet.”
The four teens learned of their remarkable achievement at track practice, as they are all members of the same team. Nick was the first to view his application, followed by Aaron, then Nigel, and lastly Zach — who was naturally astounded.
“Honestly, to have one child from a family be accepted to a school like this is amazing,” Zach said. “But for all four to be accepted — I just don’t, I don’t know how it happened.”
“I just felt blessed at that moment,” Nigel said. “It was an unreal feeling, I guess.”
The brothers also got in to other notable schools with Nick being accepted to Duke, Georgetown, and Stanford; Aaron securing a spot at Stanford; Nigel getting into John Hopkins and Vanderbilt; and Zach receiving an acceptance letter from Cornell.
As the old saying goes, their “mama didn’t raise no fools!” But to her credit, she is a school principal, according to The Root.
“We didn’t go into this thinking, ‘Oh, we’re going to apply to all these schools and get into all of them,’” said Aaron. “It wasn’t so much about the prestige or so much about the name as it was — it was important that we each find a school where we think that we’ll thrive, and where we think that we’ll contribute.”
Every last one of the brothers has a choice between some of the top schools in the nation, which is no easy feat, but they’ve noted that financial aid will be a major factor in their decisions.
However, their parents — Kim and Darrin Wade — had this day on their minds before the boys ever took their first breaths.
“I remember they were doing an ultrasound and they said, ‘Mr. Wade, you better sit down.’ I said, ‘What’s going on?’ They said, ‘There’s not two. There’s (sic) four,’” Darrin Wade said, recalling how it was initially believed that the couple would be having twins. “It was really at that point in time that I tried to figure out how we’re going to pay for school.”
The teens haven’t decided if they’re going to attend one of the schools they’ve all been accepted to or split up, but for now, they’re reveling in the joy of their accomplishments.
“We’re just shocked. We still don’t believe that we got in,” Nick said.
Imagine that! It is one thing to be able to call yourselves a set of quadruplets, which is extraordinary in itself, but for all four siblings to be accepted to two of the most prestigious universities in the country? Well, that is practically unheard of — best of luck to these siblings in their future endeavors.
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