Many Filipino students dream of getting into the number one university in the world but only Gwyneth Margaux “Gwyn” Tangog will be living the dream when she walks through the gates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is the first Southville International School and Colleges (SISC) student accepted into one of the most selective schools in the world. MIT has a total acceptance rate of 4% and an acceptance rate of 1% for international students.
Gwyn plans to major in Mathematics this coming September. Since the first grade, Gwyn has been joining math competitions from school contests to international olympiads. She has excelled in local and global tournaments, ranking 1st in the National Capital Region in the Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC) and earning a silver medal in the China Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad as a member of the Philippine team.
Getting into MIT is the fruit of all her learning experiences and hard work. Her curiosity and hunger to learn new things paved the way for her to earn a spot in one of the most prestigious higher education institutions in the United States. She also attributed SISC’s focus on internationalism and community service to helping her gain entry into the leading technical school in the world.
“The school’s international environment taught me how to be professional and more mindful of my decisions and the effects they have on the people around me. Opportunities for activities in school such as the Go the Extra Mile project also made me more well-rounded and developed my leadership skills and extraversion. Going through the international-recognized IB Diploma programme also developed my writing and research skills, which I am sure gave me an edge during my application.”
Gwyn’s new journey at the top university in the world will surely be an example and inspiration to her fellow Monarchs.