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I'm a second-year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto enrolled in the Mathematics and Physics Specialist, Astronomy and Physics Specialist, and Computer Science Minor programs. In the future, I see myself working as an academic researcher with interests in mathematical physics, an advocate for scientific literacy, and a world-famous musician.

I was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, before coming to Toronto for university. My current claim to fame is going to the same high school as Bryan Adams, but meeting Jack Black and almost bumping into Leonardo DiCaprio come in as close second and third. Whenever I'm back home, I enjoy snowboarding, hiking, and visiting friends and family. I know English, Mandarin Chinese, and trace amounts of French and German. My last name is pronounced "chiew", almost like the "choo" in "achoo" or the "chew" in "Chewbacca"; hence my nickname, Chewie. I'm an avid fountain pen enthusiast. I hate poorly-done kerning. I have an obsession with George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels. I co-founded a meme page.

Above all, I love music. I started playing piano at the age of seven and trumpet at the age of ten. I also occasionally sing - sometimes with others, but usually in the car, to myself. I've had the honour of playing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, touring the Netherlands and Germany with my high school concert band and choir, and seeing Jens Lindemann perform at the Canadian Rocky Mountain Festival. My roots are based in classical music, but over the past three years, I've found myself exploring the jazzy side of music. Some of my favourite piano pieces are Debussy's Arabesque No. 1 (overplayed as it may be) and Liszt's Liebestraum No. 3. As for jazz, I'm a big fan of Miles Davis' recording of On Green Dolphin Street and May We Meet Again, a piece written and performed by one of the best bassists I know and fellow Argyle alumnus of mine, Evan Gratham, featuring the wonderfully talented David Hodgson on saxophone. Speaking of which, you should check out Triptych, Evan's latest project. I'd also like to introduce you to Danny Choi, who arranged an anthem for Canada's sesquicentennial, plays more instruments than you have fingers, and graduated with me and Evan from Argyle. And while you're at it, you should meet Rebecca Moranis, an amazing dancer, flutist, and pianist, and lover of math. Send me music, because I'll listen to just about everything - even country music (but only once).

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