Taran Richardson, an 18-year old high school senior, has proudly decided to attend Howard University after being accepted into 65 colleges and been awarded over $1 million in scholarships.

Richardson recently graduated salutatorian with a 3.7 GPA from Charles A. Tindley Accelerated High School. He played four sports while in high school. He’s an Eagle Scout and also an advocate against gun violence.

“I wanted to have that good stress, having too many options rather than losing the option I wanted the most and not knowing where I wanted to go next,“  Richardson said. Out of the 65 colleges that accepted him, he narrowed them down to 10.

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He finally announced that he will be choosing to continue his education at Howard University,  the historically Black university in Washington D.C. after over a month of comparing the financial aids offered and campus visits. Now, Richardson will study astrophysics at Howard University.

“I could see myself in that place,” Richardson said, “I pictured myself going there since Day 1.” He added that “Career-wise, I want to work for NASA as an astrophysicist for at least half a decade or full decade and then branch off and create my own business of science and technology”. His intention to intern at NASA’s space program and its proximity to HBCU was also a determinant.

Although he’s unable to get the experience of being on campus, that hasn’t stopped him from seeing the positive in the situation. “This kind of gives you the opportunity for some people who weren’t necessarily ready to leave or go off on their own. It gives you a little bit more time to prepare, a little bit more time to spend quality time with your family,” Richardson told a news reporter.