Marianas High School senior Robert Jomar Malate was doing his homework on Saturday morning when he decided to check his email.
“I saw the email that said Harvard Admissions Committee,” Malate said.
He became so excited that he decided to read the email with his mother.
“I read the email with my mom and, once we opened it, we both had the same reaction, which was, ‘Oh my gosh, I got accepted.’”
Yes, Malate, born and raised on the island, just received news of his acceptance to Harvard University.
Malate, the eldest of four children, has three younger sisters. His parents are Roberto Malate and Maria Theresa Malate.
Malate has been a regular school representative, from the academic bee bowls from when he was in middle school at Hopwood Junior High School to the Junior Statesmen of America Summer School, Aeronautical Dolphins, National Speech and Debate Association, mock trial, and STEM Fair. He is also part of the National Honor Society at Marianas High School.
He plans to take up Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Harvard, where he will be part of the Class 2021.
“My mom has been with me throughout the struggle of the college applications” he added.
Malate also applied to other Ivy League schools like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, and Stanford University. Besides Harvard, he was also accepted at the University of Evansville, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Seattle University.
His plan after graduating high school is to go straight to college. “I will really try my best to improve my science and math skills cause I didn’t really have much to build on,” Malate added. “I spend a huge amount of my spare time on YouTube watching crash course videos or computers, or anything that interest me.”
Malate also attended San Vicente Elementary School and Hopwood Junior High School. He is an A Honor roll student and a president’s awardee back at SVES and placed third in his batch at Hopwood. (Mackenzie Perez)