A Long Island teen. An immigrant from Nigeria who came to the United States at the age of eight. A new culture and lifestyle to get used to.
Life didn't start out easy for Harold Ekeh. But these days, his smile is bright and eyes are wide with the knowledge that he has his choice of top universities in the country. His only problem is deciding which of 13 prestigious schools to attend.
"I am leaning toward Yale," Ekeh told CNNMoney. "I competed at Yale for Model UN, and I like the passion people at Yale had."
The list of Ekeh's accomplishments is long, according to CNN Money. He started a college mentoring program at his high school to help get more kids into higher education. He also directs a youth choir at his church, plays the drums, is part of Key Club and Model UN, and was elected to the Homecoming court.
Ekeh was even named a 2015 Intel Science Talent Search semifinalist earlier this year for his research on how the acid DHA can slow Alzheimer's disease, which his grandmother was diagnosed with when was 11.
"When other kids would say, 'I want to be a superhero or police officer,' I would say, 'I want to know what is on the inside of us,'" he said.
A speaker of Igbo, English and Spanish, there isn't much this extraordinary teen can't do.
John Capozzi, Eke's principal at Elmont Memorial High School, said Ekeh is "one of the most humble young men I've ever had the opportunity to meet."
Ekeh wants to major in neurobiology or chemistry in college, and then attend medical school to become a neurosurgeon. He is still visiting colleges to make a final decision on where he'll attend.