New Jersey teen accepted to seven Ivy League schools

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Nik Bostrom has an awesome decision ahead of him.

He has to decide which of seven Ivy League universities he wants to attend.

Bostrom said he was surprised as he received acceptance letters from Harvard, Yale, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Princeton, and the University of Pennsylvania. He did not apply to the eighth and final Ivy League school, Dartmouth, but the choice between the other seven is still a difficult one to make even with Dartmouth eliminated.

Although Bostrom has always had stellar grades and good school participation (from marching band and music to the track team, which he was on until a back injury stopped him from playing), he did not really think anything would come of his applications to Ivy League schools. “I really didn’t anticipate getting in,” he said. “I didn’t expect this to happen. It doesn’t seem real; it’s a dream.”

The high school senior still hasn’t decided between the seven schools. “I am really being pulled in seven different directions right now,” he said to NJ.com. “I really don’t know where I want to go.”

Bostrom’s acceptance news comes after Ivy League schools posted their lowest acceptance rates of all time last year, making his accomplishment even more impressive.

So, what is Bostrom’s secret to success? “I’d rather really learn the material than get 100 on a test,” he said. “Academics are important, but it’s really all about finding a balance and being yourself.”