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What can I expect when I go to an admissions interview, and how do I prepare for it? Harold and Victor share their experiences.
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Victor, a second-generation American whose parents emigrated from Nigeria, will attend Harvard. The oldest of four and originally from Texas, Victor attended middle school and high school in Wilmington, North Carolina. He was named a Coca-Cola scholar, taught fourth-grade Bible study, and regularly volunteers for political campaigns. Victor aims to be a neurosurgeon and a public statesman. In addition to all of the Ivy League universities -- Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Dartmouth, UPenn, Brown, and Cornell--Victor was accepted to Stanford, Georgetown, the University of North Carolina, Duke, Emory, and Washington University in St. Louis.
The oldest of five, Harold emigrated from Nigeria with his family at the age of eight. He will attend Yale University in the fall, aiming to be a neurosurgeon and neurological researcher. He is the salutatorian of his class, some of his accomplishments include being an Intel Science Talent Search semifinalist and co-founding a college prep program at his high school. Harold was accepted to Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Dartmouth, UPenn, Brown, and Cornell (the eight schools identified as Ivy League universities) as well as Vanderbilt, NYU, MIT, Johns Hopkins, and SUNY Stonybrook.