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David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges by Philipponzaghi: 7:39am On Apr 18
Bloomfield High School Senior David Odekunle, Who Grew Up In Nigeria, Receives Acceptance Letters From 7 Ivy Leagues Schools: ‘It’s Like A Once-In-A-Lifetime Feeling’

He hasn't made his final choice yet. But no matter where David Odekunle chooses to attend college, the Bloomfield High School senior is looking forward to taking the next steps to becoming a doctor and "eliciting change" in his community.

Odekunle, 17, and his proud mother, Florence Odekunle, recently told Patch that he has been accepted into 15 universities, including seven Ivy League schools.

So far, the ambitious teen has been accepted to Princeton University, Yale University, Brown University, Columbia University, Dartmouth University, Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, Rutgers University, The College of New Jersey, Kean University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Stevens Institute of Technology and Caldwell University.

The Odekunle family may be a familiar name to Bloomfield residents. In 2019, David's older brother, Emmanuel, was also accepted into several of the same Ivy League colleges. The siblings also have a sister, Deborah, who is currently in the 9th grade at Bloomfield High School.

Recently, Patch got the chance to pick David Odekunle's brain with a few questions as he tries to narrow down his choice of colleges. His replies follow below.

Do you have a favorite school, or are you leaning towards a choice yet?

"I'm currently undecided on where I'm going, but I'm considering all of the choices and trying to see the best place that fits me. Each college varies in the community and student body surrounding it, so I'm trying to get a feel of the culture and the vibe that each college presents."

What profession/career are you planning on? Why?

"I plan on studying biology in college and pursuing higher education by attending a medical school later on with the goal of becoming a doctor.

Growing up in Nigeria, I have been captivated by technology and the sciences. I remember fondly seeing my first computer in computer class in Nigeria; it was a large brown box filled with so many intricacies that I was overcome with astonishment. When I started high school in the United States, I began to edit a website to share technological advancements and world events in the health care field. I enjoyed writing these articles because I was able to talk about what interested me, while also empowering others' lives by contributing to the conversation. I am attracted to these possibilities in the medical field and how it is being shaped by technology. I hope too, add value to that initiative and elicit change."

What advice do you have for fellow students who are trying to increase their chances of getting into an Ivy League school?

"Being yourself and exploring your passions to the fullest are the best way to increase your chances of getting into any school. Everyone has a story and being able to communicate your story through your essays, and through your interactions with others will help colleges to see how you fit into their institution. For me, that involved exploring my interests in science and participating in meaningful extracurriculars that I was passionate about, such as Chess Club and Mock Trial Club. In addition, I recommend doing research to learn more about each school's requirements and attending information sessions to see if it is a right fit for you. It is also very important to do your best in all your classes, and take classes that interest and challenge you."

Source: https://patch.com/new-jersey/bloomfield/ambitious-bloomfield-teen-accepted-7-ivy-league-colleges

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Re: David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges by LordIsaac(m): 7:43am On Apr 18
Highly privileged. Congrats dear.

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Re: David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges by OfoIgbo: 7:44am On Apr 18
He should have applied to MIT and Harvard university. As far as I am concerned, the two most prestigious higher institutions of learning in the US. And he may have gotten them

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Re: David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges by Amotolongbo(f): 7:46am On Apr 18
OfoIgbo:
He should have applied to MIT and Harvard university. As far as I am concerned, the two most prestigious higher institutions of learning in the US. And he may have gotten them
Those are the ones you know and hear their names often in Nigeria .

All Ivy League schools are good

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Re: David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges by clockwisereport: 7:53am On Apr 18
Nice one


RIP black rob

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Re: David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges by Philipponzaghi: 8:02am On Apr 18
It’s always Yoruba.

Yoruba Lagba!

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Re: David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges by OfoIgbo: 8:05am On Apr 18
Amotolongbo:
Those are the ones you know and hear their names often in Nigeria .

All Ivy League schools are good

Of course they are all good.

It's just that I feel he could also get into MIT and Harvard, with his pedigree.

If I were him or his parents, I will make an attempt at upgrading to Harvard.

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Re: David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges by zealousayo(m): 8:15am On Apr 18
Wow! that's commendable.

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Re: David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges by cassidy1996(m): 8:35am On Apr 18
what's special about this ivy league?

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Re: David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges by Ghostrye: 9:19am On Apr 18
OfoIgbo:


Of course they are all good.

It's just that I feel he could also get into MIT and Harvard, with his pedigree.

If I were him or his parents, I will make an attempt at upgrading to Harvard.
upgrade??, they are all ivy league schools, one isn't particularly better than the other, just your personal opinion/choice.

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Re: David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges by Amotolongbo(f): 9:40am On Apr 18
OfoIgbo:


Of course they are all good.

It's just that I feel he could also get into MIT and Harvard, with his pedigree.

If I were him or his parents, I will make an attempt at upgrading to Harvard.
If my child is interested in Medicine, I will prefer John Hopkins, not even Ivy League

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Re: David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges by JovialJune(f): 10:24am On Apr 18
Amotolongbo:
If my child is interested in Medicine, I will prefer John Hopkins, not even Ivy League


John Hopkins is an ivy league school.

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Re: David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges by JovialJune(f): 10:24am On Apr 18
Not all the schools mentioned are ivy league.

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Re: David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges by Amotolongbo(f): 10:31am On Apr 18
JovialJune:



John Hopkins is an ivy league school.
Na you add Johns Hopkins to the Ivy League?


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Re: David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges by Amotolongbo(f): 10:33am On Apr 18
JovialJune:
Not all the schools mentioned are ivy league.

Odekunle, 17, and his proud mother, Florence Odekunle, recently told Patch that he has been accepted into 15 universities, including seven Ivy League schools.

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Re: David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges by JovialJune(f): 10:35am On Apr 18
Amotolongbo:
Na you add am to the League?



....

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Re: David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges by Amotolongbo(f): 10:57am On Apr 18
JovialJune:



....
You are still disputing that?

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Re: David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges by UDbester(m): 12:30pm On Apr 18
I was expecting to see a name from the region of quota system but to my greatest dismay there wasn't any

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Re: David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges by HONESTFACT101(m): 1:15pm On Apr 18
Nigeria would have wasted him......signing out

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Re: David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges by maxell(f): 1:53pm On Apr 18
Congrats. Wishing you the best wink

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Re: David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges by Najdorf: 2:06pm On Apr 18
The issue with attending Ivy league schools as an international student is getting accepted is already hard but when you get accepted you still have to pay their $60000+ yearly tuition. Full scholarships are extremely rare if not non-existent and even if you're really exceptional the highest scolarship you might get might be around $25000. So in the end, if your parents aren't loaded you're out of luck.

Congrats to the boy anyways!

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Re: David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges by KennedyOkpara(m): 7:40pm On Apr 18
Very cool.

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Re: David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges by Telegram234(m): 9:09pm On Apr 18
He is doing great.
Me at 17 yrs, I Don dey smash kpekus everywhere cool
Re: David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges by Ahumanbeing: 7:16am On Apr 19
LordIsaac:
Highly privileged. Congrats dear.
Highly privileged indeed

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Re: David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges by Splendor4(m): 11:09am On Apr 19
well that's very good

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Re: David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges by Simplebeauty: 11:10am On Apr 19
grin
Re: David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges by Queenlovely(f): 11:11am On Apr 19
most Nairaland member will only see the pimple face and not the brilliant brain

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Re: David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges by Skillsnigeria: 11:11am On Apr 19
That's good

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Re: David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges by Nobody: 11:12am On Apr 19
OfoIgbo:
He should have applied to MIT and Harvard university. As far as I am concerned, the two most prestigious higher institutions of learning in the US. And he may have gotten them

He got into schools like Cornell, Johns Hopkins(whose admission criteria are very very very tough) and Yale (Yale is basically the equivalent of Harvard) among others.

Not bad.

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Re: David Odekunle Accepted Into 7 Ivy League Colleges by CalabarPikin: 11:12am On Apr 19
Nice one



My children will do better

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