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In the face of tremendous obstacles, an 18-year-old Long Island, NY student has been accepted at seven Ivy League colleges, according to ABC News.

Daria Rose tells the television news station that she applied to seven of the eight Ivy League colleges, and on March 31, all the schools posted their decisions online.

“I couldn’t believe it,” she said in the ABC interview. “I thought I’d get in maybe one or two.”

News of the acceptances couldn’t be sweeter for Daria, who accomplished great academic achievement in the face of adversity. She told the news outlet that Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 forced her family to evacuate their beloved home in Baldwin, NY, after it was completely destroyed by fire.

The family was forced to live in several hotels as well as her grandmother’s house, making it difficult to focus on her schoolwork, notes the report.

“It was hard because it’s really unpredictable when you don’t have a stable place to live,” she told ABC News today. “[You] don’t know if you’re moving here next, or there.”

After about a year and a half, the family finally moved into a new house in Baldwin. Daria shared her Hurricane Sandy displacement experience in her college application essay.

“It talks about the storm, but the focus is how reading helped me cope,” she told the station. “I was living in these small spaces but in my head I was able to escape … find myself in a literary world.”

Now she faces a tough, but desirable choice: which Ivy League school to attend. While Daria has always loved Yale, she told the news station that she’s also interested in Harvard and Princeton. She is slated this week to visit Yale and Harvard, the news site says.

Daria is a member of an elite club. Earlier this month, it was reported that Munira Khalif, a senior at Mounds Park Academy in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Harold Ekeh, a senior at Elmont Memorial High School in Elmont, NY, have been accepted to all eight Ivies, and Nik Bostrom, of Verona, New Jersey, to seven.

Congratulations to these amazing students.



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