A Dubai-based Indian girl, Simone Noorali, has been offered acceptance letters from seven high-ranking universities of United States, including University of California in Berkeley, Johns Hopkins University, Emory University, George Town University, and George Washington University.
The 17-year-old girl did her schooling from the Uptown School in Mirdif in Dubai. She has managed to keep straight As since year 9.
The Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania have also offered her acceptance letters.
"I honestly think there is no secret to being accepted into these many universities. The whole process is about discovering yourself. Everyone has something unique to offer," Simone told PTI.
"While applying to universities, it forced me to look back at my life and try to figure out the reason behind everything I did. I had explained all of that eloquently to universities in my college application essays," she added.
Simone is also a pianist and an author. Her book 'The Girl in the Pink Room', which is based on human trafficking in India, is being used in a few schools by teachers and students for research purposes.
She said she never expected to be left with a variety of choices. The offers "surprised" her, she added.
Interested to pursue her studies in international relations and economics, Simone said her final decision would be based on which varsity offers the best programme.
Simone advised other students to do what they love and not force themselves into doing anything.
"That's such a big part of motivating yourself and finding what you love to do," she said.