PETALING JAYA: A 17-year-old Malaysian immigrant in Orange County, California, has stunned everyone with her extraordinary achievement of getting acceptance letters from eight Ivy League universities.
Incoming freshman Cassandra Hsiao has received acceptance letters from Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell and Pennsylvania, reported online magazine NextShark.
She recently tweeted: “I got into #Harvard2021. With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
She told NBC4 news channel that she found the entire experience completely surreal.
“I opened them one after another, and they all were saying, ‘Congratulations! Congratulations!’ And I know that is something special.”
Hsiao also got accepted to Stanford University, John Hopkins University, University of Southern California, Northwestern University, New York University, Amherst College, and many others.
Hsiao, who went to the US at the tender age of five, said her essay about learning English had impressed the universities.
The Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) student has an impressive 4.67 GPA and an excellent 1,540 SAT score.
Hsiao, who is a student journalist, is also active in extracurricular activities.
She is the editor-in-chief of the school’s magazine and the president of one of two student bodies.
OCSA creative writing director Josh Wood said Hsiao was multi-faceted.
“She’s such a go-getter and makes opportunities for herself.”