CHICAGO — With about a month left in high school, Christian Davis’s AP and honors courses certainly aren’t the hardest thing he is trying to tackle. The 18-year old Southland College Prep student has to choose which school to attend next year — and the list is impressive.
More than three dozen schools are clamoring to get this guitar playing hospital volunteer, who’s a member of National Honor Society, onto their campus.
Did we mention he has a 4.79 GPA on a four-point scale? And he got a 34 on the ACT.
Four Ivy League schools, 20 of the top 50 ranked universities and about $5 million in earned merit scholarships are at his fingertips.
Christian says he doesn’t remember being an exceptional student his entire life. He was born in a tough neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side, and lived there with his single mom and two brothers until second grade. Wanting a better life for her boys, Christian’s mother moved them briefly to Naperville before settling in the south suburbs and Matteson District 162.
Christian says he doesn’t have a favorite subject, although he doesn’t like history. Once he chooses a school he plans to study engineering and will become a neurosurgeon. He’s narrowed his favorites to Stanford, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins.
For now Christian is on a whirlwind of school tours, looking at the pros and cons of each.