There are few things that are as nerve-racking as waiting to open an email or letter from your dream school’s admissions office. The anticipation of reading, “Congratulations!” is almost too much to handle.
This past week Ayrton Little caught the attention of millions when he sat down with his classmates and opened a message from his dream school, Harvard University.
Excited screams filled the room as Ayrton read the message from Harvard.
— Tha Little Man (@AyrtonLittle) December 13, 2017
Sporting a Harvard sweatshirt and surrounded by his classmates huddled over his shoulder, the 16-year-old tapped his computer’s touchpad a few times and then everyone erupted into a fit of joyous screams.
At 16 years old, Ayrton became the third student in three years that his school, TM Landry College Preparatory in Louisiana, sent to Harvard University.
The college preparatory school has a tradition of recording their students’ reactions to opening their acceptance letters.
Can’t believe it still… pic.twitter.com/5miuXW7FlE
— Tha Little Man (@AyrtonLittle) December 15, 2017
According to WBUR, Ayrton and his older brother Alex, who just a few days earlier received the news that he had been accepted into Stanford University, wanted to go to their respective universities for as long as they could remember.
“Seeing Ayrton also doing it, those goals we set for each other kind of caused us to become real competitive and push each other to do the best we can,” Alex told WBUR.
The brothers were also motivated by their mother’s situation as a single mother—she believes they didn’t want to disappoint her so they worked extra hard in school—and by their younger brother, who passed away five years ago from an asthma attack.
Alex’s reaction received nearly 1 million views on Twitter.
— Alex Tha Great (@thealexlittle_) December 9, 2017
Although both of the brothers’ videos of their reactions went viral, Ayrton insisted that wasn’t their intention.
“It’s amazing to see how much support I am getting from people that I don’t even know,” he told the Globe. “It’s so much support, I had to turn off all of my notifications because my phone kept crashing.”
Congratulations to the class of 2022!
Going to their dream schools means the Little brothers won’t be studying alongside each other, something they have been doing for the past several years while they attended TM Landry College Preparatory. Their graduating class has only 16 students, and they are two of them. But that doesn’t seem to bother them.
“It’s the Littles versus the world,” Alex told the Globe. “So far, we are on the winning side, I like to think.”