Arianna Alexander. (Screenshot abc7Chicago news report)
Arianna Alexander, who just graduated from a Chicago high school, is going to have a hard time deciding on the 26 universities, including six Ivy League schools, that want her to attend their institutions.
“It was a lot to take in,” the Kenwood Academy valedictorian told ABC7Chicago. “I received emails, letters. It was just like, ‘Come here, come here!’ They were bombarding me with all this information.”
Alexander, who graduated with an extremely high grade point average, has also been offered $3 million in scholarships.
“I feel like it means I can afford college and I don’t have to worry about it. I feel like that’s an issue for a lot of people my age,” she said.
Making a life-changing decision such as choosing a college can be difficult, but the help of her teacher Paul Brush, Alexander has decided to attend University of Pennsylvania in the fall with hopes of attending the Wharton School of Business.
“He said, ‘Do you know about the Wharton School of Business?’ I said, ‘I have no idea what you’re talking about,’” Alexander told ABC7Chicago.
“As teachers, we have a big moment to play with the lives that we have in our classrooms,” Brush told ABC7Chicago.
Alexander told the Chicago Sun-Times she wants to be an entrepreneur and open several restaurants after graduating from Wharton.