Best friends celebrate Ivy League college acceptances

Ashley Hernandez and Mariam Mufleh were recognized for their hard work after receiving multiple invitations to study at some of the most elite universities in the U.S.
1:53 | 04/18/21

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Now a little something from the good news department. We've got a story of a couple high school besties who just got the kind of college acceptance news they'll be talking about the rest of their lives. It's the moment high school seniors across the country wait for. I got into dartmouth. I got into Harvard. Reporter: Decision day. I got into dartmouth. Reporter: For these best friends from New Jersey there was a lot to celebrate. I was accepted into Harvard, Yale, the university of Pennsylvania, dartmouth and brown. I was accepted into Harvard, dartmouth and the university of Pennsylvania. Reporter: Ashley and Mariam accepted into most of the ivy league schools they applied to, not over overcoming the challenges of the past year -- It's not been a normal year. Reporter: They are both the daughters of immigrants and the first in their families to attend college. It was absolutely surreal, and it just felt like all of our hard work from our whole academic career led up to that moment. Reporter: Their parents as proud as can be. Seeing how proud they are, it truly does mean the world. Reporter: Ashley and Mariam inseparable since they met seven years ago. Naturally the college application process, it was hand in hand doing everything together. Reporter: Saying they owe their success to their supportive families and schools and, of course, each other. This is something that we've been sort of envisioning since honestly probably middle school. Reporter: The pair hoping to inspire others to dream big too.- First generation low income minority students, we've got this. The college admissions process does seem extremely intimidating but I can promise you we can do this. Oh, they did it, for sure. Regarding their plans for the fall, they still haven't decided which school, nice to have choices, they'll attend but hoping the school they choose has in-person learning, of course, with some social distance and some strict health guidelines surrounding the pandemic.

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