Daria Rose and her family are like many New Yorkers still dealing with the effects of Superstorm Sandy. However, Rose is working her way towards a bright future–with her choice of some of the top universities in the country.
The 18-year-old has been accepted into all seven Ivy League colleges that she applied to.
“I was like, oh my God, I just got into Harvard. Then I checked Princeton, and I was like, oh my God I, just got into Princeton. And I checked Brown, I got in. It just kept going and going,” Rose, a senior at Sacred Heart High School on Long Island, told ABC 7.
Understandably, her family was in a state of shock after the storm in late 2012.
“My sophomore year, Sandy hit. And you just never really think it can happen to you,” she said.
“I think for the first two weeks, I was in denial. We were in disbelief,” her mother, Katrina Brooks, added.
Rose, her parents, and her little brother moved repeatedly over the months as their house was rebuilt.
“It’s hard being a teenager and losing all these clothes and makeup and jewelry,” Rose admitted. “We had to move from hotel to hotel. We stayed with my grandmother for a couple of months, then moved back to a hotel.”
“It’s easy to say I’m just going to lay here in a ball and cry and wallow in my own self pity. I’d make sure she’d get up and put one foot in front of the other,” Brooks said. “It came as a blessing, because she had something really substantial to write about. Her truth, what she had gone through, what she survived.”
THZ wishes Daria and her family the best of luck!