Meet Rotimi Ikukoyi, a Nigerian-American teen who got accepted into 15 schools, including Harvard, Yale and Johns Hopkins, with over $2million in merit scholarships

Rotimi Ikukoyi shares the intriguing and challenging part of his journey below.

“Committing to a college was the most agonising thing I’ve ever done. I wish I could’ve shared this information with you guys earlier, but those closest to me know that I literally did not finalise my decision until today (despite the speculation of many others).

If you asked me where I was going to school 3 months ago, I probably would’ve said Yale.

If you asked me 3 weeks ago, I probably would’ve said Harvard.

How do you decide among 15 schools? Fortunately (and unfortunately, it seemed at times), I still did have the freedom to choose what school I wanted to attend. And that’s why I’ve ultimately chosen to accept a full ride Morehead-Cain scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, because with this program, I get the freedom to choose.

With the individualised advising team and the network of the program, I get to choose how to pursue my passions. A summer interning at the WHO, or a summer researching HIV in Malawi? A summer spent kayaking Lake Superior or spent hiking the hills of Alaska? With this scholarship, I’m able to choose the path less travelled by – the road not taken –and define my own journey, and have it all paid for.

I’m extremely excited for the next four years, where I will be receiving a unique Health Policy and Management degree from the nationally ranked Gillings school of Public Health. At UNC, I hope to lay the foundations of a career driving health equity in our nation.

With this scholarship, I’ll be a student of life, with the works as my classroom and my experiences as my tests.”

PS: “Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence” – Abigail Adams

Source: bellanaijaonline