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Vincent Massey Collegiate graduate Sam Murphy has a flaw of 1%.
It doesn’t sound like much, because it isn’t: Murphy is graduating with a 99% grade point average.
Murphy admits he does study a lot, but some of it just comes naturally.
"Mostly math," said Murphy. "Plus that transfers over to some subjects, so that comes quite naturally. But I remember things relatively easily, so I guess taking the time to study (helps)."
Murphy wouldn’t call himself a prodigy, but he is going to Harvard University in Boston, Mass. next year to study science and math.
Murphy admits heading south for school was a big decision. He applied to Harvard on a whim and wasn’t sure whether he would actually get in.
"I always sort of had an inkling," said Murphy. "I thought I’d give it a try, it was almost, not for fun, but to see how I would compare."
He was also accepted to Canadian universities, including University of Manitoba, which offered him a large scholarship.
"It was tough for sure," said Murphy. "For the two things that cause me stress, or what’s on my mind, is the money and not knowing anyone.
"It’s a very big investment," he added. "My family and I are viewing it as an investment in my education."
Being a lonely Canadian at Harvard makes Murphy nervous, but the Ivy League University does set up an international students club. However, Murphy has heard there are only seven other Canadian students in his year.
To break the ice, Murphy has talked to the volleyball coach in hopes of joining the team.
"No guarantees but I’ll get a tryout in the fall," said Murphy. "I sent him a video and he said that there was a chance."
As well as his high average at Vincent Massey, Murphy kept himself busy with track and field, volleyball, team handball, and basketball.
So what does a genius teen want to do with his life? Perhaps be the next Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg?
"I don’t know what kind of career would interest me," said Murphy. "My mom is a professor at U of M, so I’ve seen the academia route, and I guess I could see myself doing that," he said.