'Dream' come true: Student becomes first in family to go to college, accepted into over 20


Omarion Ikaika Calloway, shown in Montgomery, Ala., on Friday March 11, 2022., will be attending New York University.

 MONTGOMERY, Ala. —  Omarion Ikaika Calloway says his goal in life is to become a “storyteller.” 

The Park Crossing High School senior already has one story to tell: He got into his dream college. 

Calloway has been accepted into 21 colleges or universities, including his top choice, New York University. The first-generation college student received more than $1.3 million in scholarships.

“I want to be a storyteller, screenwriter and also a director, producer,” said Calloway. 

Calloway’s grandmother encouraged and influenced his decision to both attend college and attend NYU, specifically. When Calloway was 10 years old, he became a caretaker for his grandmother and his disabled uncle. 

Tiffany Calloway, his mother, spoke about how she taught Calloway to administer insulin for his relatives. His mother said she often asked him: “’Do you got this? Is this too much for you?’ And, he’d be like, ‘No, Mama, you’re good. I got this.’ ” 


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