Multiple Ivy League Schools-passer Craig MacFarland to join Harvard University

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Craig McFarland of Jacksonville, Fla., was accepted at all eight Ivy League universities. Photo Credits to Christa Assi via NYT.

Filipino-American Craig McFarland who made the headlines earlier this year after being accepted to all 8 Ivy League universities has finally made a choice
to go to Harvard University.

The 18-year-old son of Donabel Santiago from the Philippines chose Harvard from among the 17 schools that sent him acceptance letters, including all 8 Ivy League universities – considered a remarkable accomplishment.

New York Times reported on July 17, 2020, about the Jacksonville, Florida resident choosing Harvard over his previous choice of Yale after considering the changes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic that will have most schools conducting classes online.

McFarland said that he finally chose to go to Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts because it was nearer to close friends and family members residing in Boston.

The straight-A student and high school valedictorian shared how his mother, a cardiac sonographer who brought up Craig, his 21-year-old brother, and 15-year-old sister as a single parent, cried after learning about his being accepted in all the Ivy League universities of America.

McFarland said he is considering studying molecular and cellular biology, linguistics, or biomedical engineering.

“The thought that I’m going to the best university in the world is just insane, especially given my background, from where I came,” McFarland added.

More Filipino students have been accepted in Ivy League universities, including, Aldrean Alogon, the farmer’s son who received a scholarship from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and Patricia Margaret Victoria who graduated from Stanford University.

SEND WELL WISHES in the comments below to Craig McFarland as he joins Harvard University in the new school year.

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