Long Island Student Accepted to 7 Ivy League Schools

Long Island Student Accepted to 7 Ivy League Schools

Daria Rose lost her home during Hurricane Sandy.

Published April 20, 2015

It is a sweet end to senior year for 18-year-old Daria Rose, who was just accepted into seven Ivy League schools. Rose, who checked Harvard’s admission decisions page first, then Princeton's and Brown’s said she only expected to get accepted to “maybe one or two" schools, she told ABC News Today.

This is a great accomplishment for the Long Island, New York, high school student who, back in 2012, lost her home to Hurricane Sandy.

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In October 2012, during her sophomore year, Rose and her family were evacuated from their home after receiving warning of the dangerous hurricane underway. Immediately after the storm, their home was destroyed by a fire. Rose and her family moved from place to place, living in hotels and sometimes staying with her grandmother.

Rose told ABC News Today that during this period, finishing school work was challenging. "It was hard because it's really unpredictable when you don't have a stable place to live," she said. "[You] don't know if you're moving here next, or there."

But Rose turned Hurricane Sandy’s devastation into inspiration when she used her experience as the subject of one of her college application essays.

With just a few universities left to visit, Rose, who hopes to study political science and Russian literature, has until May 1 to make a decision.

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Written by By: Brea C. Mosley

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