Ifeoma White-Thorpe, 17, has a very tough decision to make

By Char Adams
April 06, 2017 05:07 PM

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One New Jersey teen has a very tough decision to make — which Ivy League school to attend.

As it came time to apply to colleges, Morris Hills High School senior Ifeoma White-Thorpe decided she’d “shoot [her] shot” and go for the nation’s biggest and most prestigious universities, WABC reports.

One-by-one, the results came in. White-Thorpe had gotten into all eight Ivy League schools.

“It was definitely a surreal experience,” White-Thorpe tells PEOPLE. “I don’t think anyone applies to these type of schools expecting that they’re going to get into one of them.”

Ifeoma White-Thorpe

Beginning with Harvard College, the 17-year-old was accepted to Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth Cornell, Columbia, Brown and the University of Pennsylvania.

“I remember when I got my Harvard acceptance, how excited and thrilled and how humbled I felt by it because I was just like, ‘Wow! Out of the thousands of candidates they get they chose me,’ ” she says.

“I feel like I’m still in a daze now that I think about it I’m like, ‘Wow! Is this really me?’ ”

As if choosing between the eight schools weren’t difficult enough, White-Thorpe was also accepted to Stanford University.

“At this time, there is no school that I particularly favor over the other,” she says. “I like all of the schools equally. Moving forward, I’m going to go to all of the accepted students days and feel it out.”

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The teen is student government president at the Rockaway high school, according to WABC. She said she hopes to study biology and pursue a career in global health, noting that she wants to continue her research in cardiac arrest and the sickle cell disease trait.

But aside from that, the teen says she’s looking for a great social climate at her school of choice.

“I’m really looking for a strong community,” she tells PEOPLE. “A strong support system.”

While White-Thorpe was surprised at the good news, the teen’s mother said she expected nothing less from her determined daughter.

“She has always been a hardworking girl,” Pat White-Thorpe told ABC News.

“As a little girl, she was a great writer. I remember when she was in kindergarten. She spoke on behalf of the kindergarten class and it blew our minds away.”