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Black teen accepted at 113 colleges, chooses HBCU

North Carolina

Carol Ozemhoya| OW Contributor | 5/4/2018, 1:55 p.m.
Jasmine Harrison, a 17-year-old high school student from
Jasmine Harrison

Jasmine Harrison, a 17-year-old high school student from Greensboro, North Carolina, has been accepted into some 113 universities across the country. And that massive amount of acceptances comes along with about $4.5 million in scholarships, reports WFMY-TV in Philadelphia. “When I got the first couple in the mail, I was like, ‘Okay, this is really happening.’ I didn’t really think I’d be able to do that,” she told the news outlet. And although Harrison is clearly in high demand, she has decided to take her talents to Bennett College in Greensboro, an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) on a full scholarship to study biology. “It was overwhelming at first because there were so many options,” she told the New York Times. “I could go anywhere, and discover who I am.” Harrison also managed to apply to all these schools for just $135 — thanks to help from her mom and her school, the Academy at Smith. Harrison used both the Common Application and the Common Black College Application in order to apply to multiple schools at once. She also took advantage of College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) College Application Week, where she was able to apply to numerous North Carolina-based schools for free. Harrison told the Times that she wants to work as a nurse at a neonatal intensive care unit and that she was inspired to take this career path after she met a woman who cared for her brother while he was in an ICU.