All photos via: Alex Little
It has been an exciting last few days for the Little family, as brothers Alex and Ayrton Little of Opelousas, Louisiana got accepted into their dream schools of Stanford and Harvard University within four days of each other.
Alex, who plans to major in physics and computer science, found out he got into Stanford last Friday. He was among his classmates at T.M. Landry College Preparatory in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana when he opened the email from Stanford saying congratulations. The entire room immediately burst out into cheers.
As the only school that he applied to for Restrictive Early Action, Alex also earned a full-ride. His (and the school's) reaction was priceless; see for yourself.
"The feeling was completely and utterly euphoric, but the day my brother got accepted was actually the happiest day of my life," Alex told Because of Them We Can.
Turns out, Alex and his little brother Ayrton are in the same graduating high school class as Ayrton skipped a grade prior to entering high school. Therefore, at just 16 years old, Ayrton got accepted into Harvard University. Like his brother, he found out he got into his dream school among his T.M. Landry College Prep classmates, who were just as excited about his great feat. This marks the third year in a row that a T.M. Landry College Prep student has been accepted into Harvard.
Ayrton, who plans to major in applied math and minor in computer science, also took to social media to share his acceptance video; watch below:
The 16-year-old is in the process of completing his financial aid. Together, the Little brothers' videos have collected over 160,000 retweets, more than 500,000 likes, and thousands upon thousands of celebratory comments. Both brothers named each other as one of their inspirations, along with their mother and teachers.
"I would love to have a job on Wall Street. I eventually will open a nonprofit that will help students from my community get into a similar position," said Ayrton.
As for Alex, he hopes to one day start his own business in Silicon Valley and/or attend graduate school to do physics research.
We have a feeling Alex and Ayrton Little will accomplish anything they put their minds to. Cheers to the future!