While college admission season is largely in the spring, students who applied early action or early decision are starting to see their acceptance letters trickle in. Earlier this week, a video surfaced of Ayrton Little, a 16-year-old high school senior at TM Landry College Prep in Louisiana, finding out he was accepted to Harvard University’s class of 2022, and his reaction can only be described as pure joy.
Watch the moment below:
— Tha Little Man (@AyrtonLittle) December 13, 2017
Little, whose older brother found out he got into Stanford last Friday, was surrounded by classmates and family as he logged into the computer to receive the decision. Within seconds of realizing the good news, he and his friends erupted in joyous celebration.
Ever humble, the teen told reporters he was struggling to put his excitement into words, but he is most grateful for the fact that he was able to make his mother proud.
“I don’t know how to describe it, it was the best feeling. It feels amazing,” Little told the Daily Mail. “I’m happy I got into Harvard but I’m even happier because I’ve made my mother incredibly proud.”
His acceptance also marks a feat for TM Landry College Prep, which has seen at least one of its students be admitted to the highly competitive Ivy League school each of the last three years.
“It still haven’t been calm since my brother’s acceptance Friday, but my brother and I realized that we have done the impossible,” Little told the Huffington Post. “Many of my classmates are also getting their decisions this week. I honestly don’t know when the excitement will die down at this point.”
In an interview with the Huffington Post, Little said he hopes to study math and computer science in college and “find a job on Wall Street with the intention of opening a nonprofit to help children from my community get to the position that I’m currently in.”
His mother, meanwhile, is overjoyed by her sons’ accomplishments.
“It feels amazing. My oldest son got into Stanford on Friday and we have been waiting for a response from Harvard, and I just can’t believe it,” Maureen Little told the Daily Mail. “All the hard work has paid off and it’s an incredible feeling. They’ve put in so much hard work and stay past [school hours] when they need to.”
(H/T: Daily Mail)