TYLER, TX (KLTV) - It's one of the biggest decisions teenagers face, where to go to college. For some, it's where they get in, but what if you got accepted to 13 schools, and four of them are in the Ivy League? That's the decision one East Texas student faced.
Bijan Stephen, 17, a Senior at T.K. Gorman in Tyler, is one impressive teenager. Next fall he will be heading to the hallways of New England academia and attend Yale University. He will be the only student in the 2013 class from East Texas, but Stephen says he is excited to live someplace new.
"I am definitely excited," said Stephen. "I've lived here for a long time, and I feel like it's time for a change." Stephen did not have to go to Yale. Brown University wanted him, so did Cornell and Columbia. The only college that turned him down out of 14 was Harvard.
"It's funny because the first rejection I got, it was on March 31st, you know the day everything comes out, and Harvard e-mailed me and said you didn't get in," said Stephen. "I was like 'ok whatever', and then I got three other decisions, three other Ivy League schools, and I was like 'ok Harvard, I don't need you.'" Stephen's list of accomplishments goes on and on. He scored so well on his PSAT that he was named both a National Merit Commended Scholar and a National Achievement Scholar.
There is more to Stephen, however, then just high test scores. Coming on KLTV 7 News at 6 p.m. you will hear more from Stephen and what he likes to do for fun.