Cassandra Hsiao, a Malaysian immigrant from Los Angeles, is making Malaysians proud after she got accepted into all 8 Ivy League schools.

Needless to say, the 17-year-old is going to have a hard time choosing between Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, and Pennsylvania. Furthermore, she also got accepted to Stanford, John Hopkins, and many others.

In an interview with NBC4, Hsiao said, “It’s completely surreal. I opened them one after another, and they all were saying, ‘Congratulations! Congratulations!’ And I know that is something special.”

The news outlet also mentioned that Hsiao, who is currently attending Orange County School of the Arts, immigrated from Malaysia at the age of 5. Moreover, the first generation immigrant has a 4.67 GPA and 1540 score on her SATs.

Aside from her impressive academic results, the aspiring writer/journalist is one of 2 student body presidents, an editor-in-chief of the school’s magazine, and has done many on-camera interviews with a dozen of celebrities including Chris Evans (yup, you’ve read that right!) and Octavia Spencer.


So how did she manage to get into all these amazing universities? Well, it was revealed that her (very relatable) essay about learning English impressed the universities.

An excerpt of her essay reads:

“In our house, English is not English. Not in the phonetic sense, like short a is for apple, but rather in the pronunciation – in our house, snake is snack.Words do not roll off our tongues correctly – yet I, who was pulled out of class to meet with language specialists, and my mother from Malaysia, who pronounces film as flim, understand each other perfectly.”

You can read her full essay here.

Keep it up, Cassandra! We’re so proud of you 🙂

Sources: Next SharkNBC4, Cassandra Hsiao’s Twitter.

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