MACON, Ga. — Two Central High School students can finally rest their nerves.

The high school seniors were grinning from ear-to-ear after they received a special surprise from Georgia Tech on Friday.

Georgia Tech Undergraduate Admissions Counselors traveled down to Central Georgia to surprise Nadine Ahmed and Carlos Smith with early college acceptance letters.

"I was shook because I wasn't expecting it," says Smith. "I was planning on staying home today and then [my parents] came and woke me up and they were like, 'You gotta go to school!'"

Ahead of early action admissions decisions on Saturday, the university is surprising 31 students at 13 schools across the state by hand delivering the decision letters, a news release says.

For both Smith and Ahmed, Georgia Tech is their dream college. They even helped each other with their applications.

"It's just awesome to see my peer also succeed with me," says Ahmed. "It was the perfect school for me and right now I'm just so happy because it's such a dream come true."

According to Georgia Tech admissions counselor Caroline Cox, out of the 20,000 people that apply, only around 4,500 are accepted. 

"The students never see it coming," says Cox. "I was the one who read these applications, so it's really exciting to meet Nadine and CJ and be a part of today."

Smith plans to major in computer engineering and Ahmed plans to major in biomedical engineering.


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