Louisiana teen's reaction after getting into Harvard takes internet by storm
The brothers' mother, Maureen Little, appeared to be in a joyous shock as she kept repeating "Is this really happening?"
A Louisiana teenager posted a video of his and his friends' ecstatic reaction after they learned that he had been accepted into Harvard University, and family's joy got bigger as the video became viral.
With more than 6 million views, Ayrton Little's video has become viral. His reaction says it all when he and his peers intently looking at the computer screen found that their friend will now be going to Harvard.
Everyone in the video appears to be anxious, anticipating what the result would be but when they see his name on the list, the entire room erupts in screams and cheers for the 16-year-old.
The moment Little's friends figured out that he was going to Harvard, they began chanting "three-peat." This is the third time in a row that a TM Landry College Preparatory student is going to Harvard. The college is located in Breaux Bridge.
The school has a tradition of filming students when they are about to learn whether they got accepted into Harvard, and then posting the positive results.
There are a series of reactions of students getting into good colleges on the school's Facebook page.
Brown University ranked number #14 in the U.S. says YES to TM LANDRY COLLEGE PREP senior, Aliko Leblanc!! #brown #BlackGirlMagic #tmlstrikesagain #blackexcellence #blackpower #wemadeit #blacksuccess #lit #aliko #instagood #cloutgang #friends #love pic.twitter.com/4yVb7MK8Wn— Senior @TM Landry (@looktgreene) December 15, 2017
Reports state that the day Little learned that he was accepted into Harvard, the very same day he also posted a video of his older brother, Alex, learning he was going to Stanford University.
Little reportedly joined his brother's graduating class after he skipped a grade, member station WBUR reported. The teenager will turn 17 this February.
The brothers' mother, Maureen Little, appeared to be in a joyous shock as she kept repeating "Is this really happening?" after learning that her sons were going to the most prestigious universities in the country.
She said that it was challenging to raise her sons at times with her being a single mother, however, she never had to worry about what her kids were doing in school. They were always bright.
"I think because you saw what I was going through, y'all didn't want to disappoint me, maybe. So you just did well," she told her sons, according to WBUR.
*I just shed a tear watching this awesome moment in this young man’s life & all of his friends enjoying it along with him. THIS brings me so much joy. My day just got better. Congrats @Ayrtonlittle Many blessings upon your bright & promising future. Yaaaay!!!! Don’t stop.— Tichina Arnold (@TichinaArnold) December 13, 2017
The Little brothers said that their youngest brother has also been a driving force behind their success. The youngest Little would have been 13-years-old this month, he died after an asthma attack five years ago.
Ayrton Little, while speaking to Huffington Post, said that he feels as if his life has been changed forever.
"My brother and I realized that we have done the impossible," he said. Little plans to study math and computer science at his "dream school." He also has hopes of building a nonprofit to assist other kids in his community "get to the position that I'm currently in."
Harvard University also replied to Ayrton's tweet and congratulated him on his acceptance.
Congratulations and welcome to Harvard, Ayrton! 🎉— Harvard Admissions (@applytoharvard) December 13, 2017
Harvard alumnus and Brooklyn Nets basketball player Jeremy Lin was also among several well-wishers who congratulated the brothers.
"Congrats Ayrton...awesome story of someone chasing their dreams, pursuing education and turning a blindeye to the haters!" Lin tweeted.
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