Roberta Hannah, an 18-year old african-american senior student at Springfield High School of Science and Technology in Massachusetts has made history for herself after being accepted into all of the 8 Ivy League schools.
Hannah, a track and field athlete, said she studied hard while taking honors and AP courses to get ready for college, she’s currently getting ready for 7 AP exams.
Originally, Hannah only wanted to apply to three of the ivy league schools but was encouraged by her mother and sister to apply to all eight, however, Hannah thought she would only get accepted to four but all eight invited her to campus.
“I was really anxious about getting up to the day, and then I started opening the letters, and I was like ‘oh, I keep seeing ‘Yes’, she said.
Hannah gave much-deserved credit to her mom and sister for molding her into the high-achieving student she is today. Her mother, Valerie Williams, who was not able to attend college but she made sure to push her children “a little extra hard” to have the opportunity she didn’t have before.
Hannah has selected Columbia University and will be majoring in Biochemistry and African-American studies. Hannah’s goal is to be a medicinal chemist, she hopes to research and make medicines and make them affordable. “So my goal is to be a medicinal chemist, but with making medicine and kind of the one researching it,” she said. “I want my focus to be on increasing accessibility and making the medicine more affordable.”
Congratulations, Hannah, go and make a difference.