Michael Love, a senior at Detroit’s Cornerstone Health and Technology High School, isn’t one to let the naysayers get to him.
According to ABC7News
, the teen said a lot of people dismissed him when he was younger.
“I got told a lot when I was younger, I couldn’t do this, I couldn’t do that. So I just wanted to show people I’m better than what they think I am,” Michael told the news station.
And even though he struggled academically at first during high school, he was determined to do his best.
“I just wanted to improve myself because I didn’t know what I was going to do after high school,” he added.
That determination paid off because as Michael was wrapping up his last year of high school, he applied to more than 50 schools. At least 41 of them have accepted the teen so far, totaling more than $300,000 in scholarship offers.
Michael, a member of the National Honor Society, applied to all of these schools while playing varsity basketball and holding down an after school job. At one point, even his mother thought he was doing much too much.
“I thought he was crazy when he told me he was applying to so many schools,” Micole Ewing, Michael’s mother said laughing.
But Michael wouldn’t stop—and it paid off. Dozens of letters started rolling in and his mother was blown away by her son’s success.
“Every time I opened up a letter, I jumped up and down, we praised God and everything. I’m super proud of him,” Ewing said.
Michael, who plans to become an aerospace engineer, is still deciding on which lucky college he’ll attend. At least one school has offered him a full scholarship, meaning that if Michael takes that option, tuition and other fees won’t be a problem, not now, nor in the future through student loans.