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17-year-old exceptional girl earns acceptance to all 8 Ivy League schools in US, set to become the first graduate in her family

A 17-year-old girl named 17-year-old girl Cassandra Hsiao has been accepted into 14 top universities including the Ivy League Schools to study fpr her bachelors degree.

Cassandra,  from Malaysia and a resident of California in the United States achieved an exceptional and rare feat of receiving an acceptance from the eight ivy league universities in the United States.

The Ivy League schools are considered the most sought-after institutions of higher learning in the country and worldwide. These schools are known for their highly selective admissions process, academic excellence, and promising career opportunities for those who attend. 

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Cassandra graduated from Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA). She migrated to the United States at the age of 5 and is the first in her family to ever attend college according to ABC News.

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“It was incredible, I wasn’t home at the time, but I was Facetiming my parents and there were tears on both sides of the screen,” she said.

Cassandra mentioned that her applications to the Ivy League colleges included not just her resume, but also an essay about how she is learning to speak English. She talked about her family’s unique ways of pronouncing English words at home.

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She recalled being sent out of class to work with a speech therapist on her pronunciation and how she learned to polish her speech by participating in events.


“For me, the struggles of learning English isn’t an obvious one. Instead, it’s the little things, like the subtleties of grammar rules and intonation made me realize my experience is unique to immigrant families,” she said.

Cassandra said she detailed some of the difficulties and beauty of growing up in an immigrant household and the challenges of trying to integrate into new surroundings in the United States in the application.

At her young age, Cassandra is already an accomplished playwright, poet, writer, and journalist. From a poem dedicated to Syrian refugees to her interviews with Hollywood stars, her work has been featured in many publications including, TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, and Los Angeles Times High School Insider.

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She stated that she has also won some awards adding that storytelling also became her passion.”There’s so much power in words, the books I’ve read, the music I’ve listened to, and the movies I’ve watched all had such a huge influence in my life,” she said.

Cassandra said she wants to write about experiences like her own, not as a blanket narrative, but as representing one of many similar experiences. She stated that her passion is to promote more diversity in the media.

“What we see on a page, screen or stage can either limit our imagination of who we want to become or expand it,” she said.

Aside from the eight Ivy League schools, Cassandra was also accepted into other top colleges including the University of Southern California, Northwestern University, Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California Berkeley, and Amherst University.

Cassandra stated that in whichever school she finds herself in, she wants to tell more stories of perseverance and courage and continue to build her life out of words.





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