PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — College recruiters were in Philadelphia on Friday to change the lives of students at one high school, in a matter of just minutes.
The seniors were in for a day they’d never forget, but it was one girl’s reaction that many who meet her, will never forget.
It was a day of cheers, high-fives and tears of joy, started with a bundle of nerves for student’s at Philly’s Cristo Rey High School. The seniors were being interviewed for college and unlike most kids, waiting weeks to see if they’d be accepted, acceptance was instant.
“I’ll be the first one to go to college in my family,” one of the seniors told Eyewitness News.
“You’re getting into college, that’s good,” said John McConnell, the school’s president and founder. “But our goal is that they graduate from college.”
Stacy Breil waited for her interview, fanning the nerves away. “I’m just so stressed right now,” she said.
Stacy came to the United States from Haiti when she was 12, after surviving the 2010 earthquake that left so many dead and so many survivors without a future.
Friday, after a few minutes of being interviewed, her life changed again. “You will be accepted to Immaculata,” the recruiter said which was greeted by a loud scream of excitement from Stacy.
“Right now I’m thinking of my mom because she worked so hard. This past six years has been rough for me and to see that I made it and it’s more than a dream come true so this is what they call it in a foreign country…the American dream.”
Stacy plans to study criminology when she starts at Immaculata University. The other schools in attendance were Rosemont College, Neumann University, Cabrini University, Chestnut Hill College, Gwynedd Mercy and La Salle University.
Cristo Rey High School has a 100 percent college acceptance rate