New Jersey Senior Accepted At 7 Ivy League Schools

College acceptance letters from across the nation are being sent out this week, and one local student has a big choice in front of him after receiving letters from seven Ivy League schools; CBS2's Steve Overmyer reports.

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- College acceptance letters from across the nation are being sent out this week, so imagine if you received an acceptance letter from more than one Ivy League school.

- It's left one local student with a big choice in front of him. CBS 2 Steve Overmyer has the story.

DAVID ODEKUNLE: When I opened the Yale admission, it came with a video that said, like, we are Yale, like Bulldogs, Bulldogs, Bulldogs. I was so excited.

STEVE OVERMYER: David Odekunle was just getting started. He opened the rest of his emails, and one Ivy League school after another said yes.

DAVID ODEKUNLE: Honestly, I was very shook.

STEVE OVERMYER: His journey to eventual Ivy Leaguer started far from his high school in Bloomfield, New Jersey.

DAVID ODEKUNLE: Growing up in Nigeria, I had so much more adversity and challenges. So being able to use that, to not let it deter me from achieving what I want to achieve is what has played such a huge role in my life.

STEVE OVERMYER: Because applications increased dramatically, this year's Ivy League acceptance rate dropped from 10% to around 6%. David was accepted by seven schools.

DAVID ODEKUNLE: It just kept getting better and better, you know? It's a feeling that-- it's like a once-in-a-lifetime feeling.

STEVE OVERMYER: But it wasn't even the first time it happened in this household. Two years ago, his older brother Emmanuel earned the same honor.

STEVE OVERMYER: You have two sons that were accepted to multiple Ivy League schools. What's your secret as a parent?

FLORENCE ODEKUNLE: Yeah, I'm so proud of them. My secret is that I encourage them to be at working. I always saw them at working [INAUDIBLE]. Like, it doesn't kill people. When you are at working, you will reap the benefit later in life.

STEVE OVERMYER: She should know. Her and her husband moved to our area seven years ago and then both became doctors. What it taught David is that stepping outside of our comfort zone is how we grow.

DAVID ODEKUNLE: It's daunting, being surrounded by people who are so different from you. But once you are able to learn more about them and what makes them special, you're able to add that-- it's adding value to your own life.

STEVE OVERMYER: Steve Overmyer, CBS 2 News.

- Unbelievable. What a success story. Success stories.

- Family, right?

- Unbelievable. So what's the secret, right? David suggests students should put more focus on essays in their applications, make them personal so the committee can see you as a person, not just a collection of grades.

- That's so true. So true.

- Some good advice.