A Filipino recently student graduated from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a perfect grade point average (GPA) and with two degrees.
Farrell Eldrian Wu, 20, who was a straight “A” student throughout his stay at MIT, graduated from the prestigious university in the United States with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering, and Bachelor of Science in Business Analytics, minor in Economics.
He was among the 1,027 undergraduate and 2,277 graduate students who received their diplomas during an online commencement ceremony, the second year MIT did not hold physical ceremonies due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It was in 2017 when Wu started at MIT and he had to bear being away from his family in the Philippines, but he perservered.
“It’s been an exhilarating four years here, and I’m simply feeling very thankful for everyone who supported me, both back in the Philippines and at MIT. I’m very glad to have had such a fulfilling experience that enabled me to explore widely and find myself, towards figuring out how I could best use my talents and skills to be of service,” he told a national daily.
Wu has already gotten employment offers from companies in the US and decided to join a major financial technology company.
Prior to leaving the Philippines to study in the US, Wu represented the Philippines in numerous regional and global Math Olympiads. For his brilliance, the Senate granted him Filipino citizenship in mid 2015.
He said he was about to study in the top universities in the Philippines but the offer to study in MIT came.
“Having spent my high school summers attending Math Olympiad trainings at University of the Philippines-Diliman and Ateneo de Manila University, I have experienced the dedicated and compassionate teaching of the professors in both universities, so I set my goal of studying in either one of them for college,” he said.
“College admission offers came in, and MIT stood out due to its well-renowned course rigor,” he added.
Besides getting high grades at MIT, Wu also got the Senior Prize by the MIT Sloan School of Management. That award is given “to an outstanding senior student in the field of management with high scholastic standing, leadership and professional promise.” SOVEREIGNPH