BREAUX BRIDGE, La. — When high school senior Brendon Gauthier logged onto a computer to see whether he had been accepted into his dream college — Cornell University — he was surrounded by more than a dozen friends, family members and teachers.
“It was just the most nervous I’ve felt through all my 17 years of living,” Gauthier told the Cornell Daily Sun. “Typing on the computer was very slow to what I normally do.”
His high school, TM Landry Prep, recorded the anxious seconds as Gauthier pulled up the results — and captured one of most joyous moments of his life.
“Cornell accepts less than 15% of applicants and is ranked #15 in the nation!” school officials wrote on Facebook. “Congratulations, Brendon!!!”
As of Monday, the video had been watched more than 2.6 million times on the school’s Facebook page and more than 3.4 million times on the Because of Them We Can Facebook page.
But Gauthier said the video didn’t capture all the emotions he was feeling — or all the effort that led up to that moment.
“What’s not in there is me crying. As soon as I got to my family, I immediately just broke down,” the Sun quoted Gauthier as saying. “I saw my history — I saw my life throughout 17 years and all the trials and tribulations that I went through.
“People see that positive end result, but I would definitely like to say that it did not come easy. Nothing on this grand of a scale comes easy. Everything that has led to this moment was hard.”
Gauthier said on Twitter that he hopes his hard work and accomplishments will be an inspiration to others.
One thing is clear, people from all over felt his excitement. His Twitter account is full of congratulatory messages from well-wishers.
“Everything is just a blessing right now,” Gauthier wrote.