In the last few weeks, we were made aware of just how talented Filipinos are, especially when it comes to school. 

In particular, the case of the Philippine Science High School students who received admission offers from ivy league universities like Yale, Georgia Institute of Technology, New York University, University of Wisconsin, Bentley University, Duke University, and the list goes on. 

Adding on to the prestige of this list of Filipino young achievers is Jacob Johann Wee, who recently graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 

The 21-year-old received double Summa cum Laude for double degrees, specifically Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of Business and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania.

Wee attributes the honors he received to his family, who were there to support him throughout his journey in Wharton. 

“My parents, uncles, aunts, especially, Lolo and Lola, who taught me the importance of hard work. They work very hard in their respective careers and all their examples are a guide for me to follow,” he shared in an interview with Philippine Star

According to Wee, he never planned on pursuing an undergraduate program abroad. He noted that it was all up to luck and chance that he delivered on requirements for UPenn (University of Pennsylvania). 

“It’s a funny story. I never planned to study undergrad abroad. It just happened that I scored high in SAT. And I was involved in multiple leadership roles in high school. After talking with a college counselor, I submitted applications for schools abroad. My first choice was world renowned business school UPenn (University of Pennsylvania). And I got in!” He shared.

Wee mentioned that he chose a double degree in Economics and Psychology because he wanted to gain a better understanding of business and how it affects people’s thinking.

When asked what advice he can share with those who aspire to achieve what he has, Wee said: “One thing I learned was that it was often easier to retain something if you taught it to someone else. So my friends and I would often teach each other concepts from an exam. The teacher gets to reinforce that memory, and the learned learns something new.”

After graduating from Wharton, Wee will be attending Miami, Florida-based Restaurant Brands International’s 18-month leadership program. 

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Image credit: Jacob Wee’s Official Facebook Page