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April 6, 2015 1:05 PM EDT

High school seniors across the U.S. are currently making tough decisions about which college to attend — but one student in Elmont, N.Y., has a particularly difficult choice to make, because he was reportedly accepted to all eight Ivy League schools.

His name is Harold Ekeh and along with the eight Ivies, he was also accepted to schools like MIT, Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt, ABC News reports. The 17-year-old was born in Nigeria and moved to the U.S. with his family when he was eight years old. His main college essay was about his struggles adjusting to his new surroundings, according to CNN Money.

Ekeh says his parents told him they came to America for the education opportunities. Now, nearly 10 years later, Ekeh is choosing where to continue his studies. He told CNN Money he’s leaning toward Yale because he competed there for a Model UN competition and liked “the passion people at Yale had.” Ekeh’s ultimate goal is to become a doctor and neurosurgeon.

His advice to fellow college hopefuls? “Like my parents always told us, the secret to success is unbridled resolve.”

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