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Antoinette Love told CNN she didn’t keep track of how many schools she submitted to. “I just kept applying,” she told the outlet. “I wanted to see how many I could get into.”
Love didn’t anticipate getting accepted to this number of colleges. “At first I didn't think I was going to get this many, but then they just kept coming and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh,’” she said. Her advice for students looking at colleges is to apply through the Common Application and the Common Black Application. She also recommends looking for fee waivers and submitting to schools that don’t have application fees.
The 18-year-old has a 3.7 GPA and participates in school organizations like anime club, video game club, national honor society, the English honor society, and Rho Kappa social studies honor society. Antoinette also has a part-time job where she sells ties, cuff links, and socks at the outlet shopping center Riverwalk.
While she doesn’t know which school she wants to go to, Love is contemplating Louisiana State University, Valparaiso University, University of North Texas, Fisk University, Randolph University, Brandeis University, and Mississippi State University. She'll visit a few schools and make a decision by May 1.
What Love does know is she wants to study elementary education and become a teacher. “I like influencing others to be good and be their best,” she told CNN. She’s the oldest of five children and has a good amount of experience with younger kids.
Antoinette's counselor Denise James has always viewed Love as a good student. “Antoinette is a very sincere student with a pleasant personality,” James said. “She's focused and enjoys reading and has managed to sustain a very impressive grade point average.”