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This first-generation college student was awarded $3.7 million in college scholarships

Deciding on a college or trade school is one of the most difficult challenges that comes with your senior year of high school, but you may have it easier than you think when it comes to narrowing down your choices. While most of us just have to choose from our top choices, New Orleans high school student Antoinette Love will find herself deliberating between the 115 schools she was accepted to this year.

Yes, you read that right: this teen was accepted to 115 schools.

"At first, I didn't think I was going to get this many,” Love said in an interview with CNN. “But then they just kept coming, and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh.'"

While the senior, who boasts a 3.7 GPA and membership in her school's National Honor Society, is still waiting to hear from 12 other colleges and universities, Love has already been awarded $3.7 million in scholarship offers from her various prospects.

Yes, again, you read that right: $3.7 million in scholarship offers. If you got chills while reading that, you're not alone.

According to her mother, Yolanda Love, the scholarships are a welcomed relief to the family's existing financial burden, consisting of five children, one of whom lives with cystic fibrosis.

“We have so much going on in our lives to where this is that one moment where it’s something good and something positive," Yolanda said to the Times-Picayune. "Not only for our family but for the city, too, to show what kind of kids New Orleans has."

As if her achievements weren't impressive enough, Love is also a first-generation student, which means she will be the first in her entire family to attend college. She hopes her journey leads her to become a teacher, as Love will be studying elementary education at whichever school she chooses.

"I like influencing others to be good and be their best," Love said to CNN.

Love advised that students who want to find the same success in their college application process use the Common app and the Common Black app, as well as digging around for some fee waivers for each school they want to attend.

Which colleges are at the top of your dream list? Share them with us in the comments!

Photo credit: Facebook, International High School of New Orleans

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by Logan Potter | 5/15/2019
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