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Hello, Class of 2018!Today’s Spotlight features photographs, by Dominick Reuter of members of the MIT Class of 2018. Top row, from left to right: Jin Kim, Alaisha Alexander, Amelia Bryan, John Peurifoy and Monica Valcourt.

Every member of MIT’s incoming freshman class has at least one thing in common: they all survived the stressful, competitive, and often soul-searching process of applying to college.

While most of his current classmates were likely toiling over essays and prepping for interviews, John Peurifoy was making a business of getting into college.

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From Myanmar to MIT

From Myanmar to MIT

Today’s Spotlight image uses a photograph, taken by Allegra Boverman, of MIT senior Suan Tuang.

Suang Tuang fled Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) as a refugee with his parents, two older sisters, and a younger brother in 2008, just two years before he entered MIT. He came from a rural village, called Tedim, that had few college graduates, and where he lived in a house with intermittent electricity and no running water. But Tuang now expects to graduate from MIT with a chemistry degree in June, and hopes to continue on to an MD/PhD.

“Growing up, I knew I wanted to be something different,” Tuang says. “I just didn’t know what that would be.” Read full article.