Acceptance letters have started rolling into the Wade home in Liberty Township, Ohio. The Wade brothers, Zachary, Aaron, Nigel and Nick respectively, got an amazing surprise last week when all four received acceptance letters from Harvard and Yale.
Yale accepted 7.1% of applicants this year and Harvard accepted 5.6% which makes it clear why it’s so incredible that each brother obtained a yes. According to Aaron, they’re all still in shock. “We’re still in shock, honestly,” Aaron told the Washington Post. “I don’t think it has sunk in yet.”
Nigel and Zachary also shared their reactions. “I just felt blessed at that moment,” Nigel said. “It was an unreal feeling, I guess.” Zachary echoed Nigel sentiments saying, “Honestly, to have one child from a family be accepted to a school like this is amazing. But for all four to be accepted — I just don’t, I don’t know how it happened.”
But they have more options. Nick got into Duke, Georgetown and Stanford. Aaron also got into Stanford. Zachary got into Cornell. And Nigel got into Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt.
The young men are now receiving national attention, and they told another outlet it’s their community that has made them who they are. “It’s really our parents our friends and our community who have come together and taught us how to be disciplined. We feel like getting into these schools show who the people around us are,” said Nigel.
Zachary added, “There has never been a time in our life whenever we said something (career goals) they said ‘oh that’s a big goal.’” “They said ‘I know you guys can do it. You guys are hard workers and the sky’s the limit,’” said Zachary. “We were never told that we couldn’t get somewhere.”
Nick plans on studying innternational relations, Zach engineering, Nigel neuroscience and Aaron computer science. As of now Nick, Zachary and Nigel are leaning towards Yale while Aaron’s first choice is Stanford, but financial aid will play the biggest decision factor.
Congratulations to these amazing young men!