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After fall convocation, Wentao Cui will live his dream of attending MIT

“I was fortunate to have been taught some advanced math and physics by my family when I was quite young and found it very interesting,” he says. “Also, popular science books sparked my imagination. For as long as I can remember, I enjoyed trying to understand what the universe was made of at the most fundamental level, and tried to understand the nature of what we observed around us.”

Even after enrolling in the engineering program at U of T, Cui couldn’t let go of that fascination and after the first semester of his first year, he switched programs to study the disciplines he loved.

“It was the best decision I ever made,” he says. “Once I made up my mind, I never looked back.” 

A member of New College, Cui will be graduating this fall and has already moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to study high energy physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

“As far back as high school, I dreamt of going to MIT,” he says. “I applied once before and wasn’t accepted. I was very disappointed by that. But four years later, I’ve been accepted and it’s cathartic and kind of surreal.”

Read the full article here by Chris Sasaki in Arts and Science News here: