(CNN) – A Georgia high school student received acceptance letters from 49 colleges and over $1 million in scholarship offers.
Mackenzie Thompson, 18, was not originally planning to apply to more than 50 colleges. But after attending college fairs and receiving a fee waiver, he ended up applying to 51 colleges. So far, she’s been accepted at the age of 49. And she’s still waiting to hear one more voice.
“It was a very, very good experience, just to see all your hard work pay off and to see that build up in a file,” he told CNN.
“My family is high,” he said. “Getting 49 admissions and over $1.3 million, they’re like, ‘Wow, you get things done.'”
Thompson was a star student throughout high school, something she attributes to her strict time management. “Without time management, or knowing how to multitask, I wouldn’t have been able to get anything done,” he said.
Thompson serves as class president at Westlake High School in Atlanta, co-leader of the Blue Rain Dance Team, vice president of Beta Club (a community service organization), and captain of the baseball team. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and the Honor Society in Dance and Arts.
Ann Hampson Powright, director of media relations for Fulton County Schools, confirmed that Thompson has received 49 college admissions and $1.3 million in scholarship offers.
With so many choices, Thompson chose Tuskegee University, a historically black university in Alabama. When he visited the campus, he said, “I felt at home.”
The school also has a proven track record of producing black vets, which appealed to Thompson.
Next year, Thompson, who hopes to become a veterinarian, will study animal science at Tuskegee University. She told CNN that she grew up as an only child, but that her home was filled with dogs, guinea pigs, fish and other pets “which made me love all the animals.”
Thompson said she was very excited about “really learning about my independence and knowing who I am as a person” in college.
“I’m excited about a new environment, a new beginning, new people,” she said.