Ballston Spa High School
PARENTS: Jian Hu and Liying Lin
COLLEGE OR OTHER PLANS: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) biology/biological engineering major
AFTER COLLEGE: Graduate school
WHAT HAS BEEN THE HARDEST PART OF THE LAST YEAR OF SCHOOL, and THE MOST REWARDING: The hardest part has definitely been virtual learning. It was just so different and it was a lot harder to grasp the material and to building connects. The most reward thing is that even though this year has been unprecedently tough, we all did it together. It’ll be exhilarating to walk across that stage with all my classmates!
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOURSELF DURING THE PANDEMIC/HOW HAVE YOU CHANGED: While the pandemic has come with its hardships, I’m grateful that it gave me some time to kind of figure myself out and realign my priorities. Before, I was busy all the time, whether it was with studying, sports practice or volunteering, and I just never had time to relax or take some time for myself. The pandemic has taught me that it’s okay to go out with friends or to watch that TV show you’ve always wanted to watch or to practice self-care. This time has taught me that it’s okay to take a moment to appreciate life, instead of trying to rush through to get to the next event on my schedule.
WHAT IS THE MEMORY OF SCHOOL YOU WILL NEVER FORGET: The flaming rings of death … death …. Death … If you know, you know.
WHAT’S IN YOUR MUSIC PLAYER: A variety of different music and my favorites are constantly changing. Right now — indie and pop.
FAVORITE BOOK OR AUTHOR: “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky
BEST PART ABOUT GRADUATING: Starting a new chapter! I’m looking forward to meeting new people and taking advantage of the many new opportunities MIT offers.
WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU: My parents. They’re by far the hardest workers I know. They’ve worked ceaselessly to give me the opportunities I have today, and have always not just encouraged me in my academic pursuits, but have also supported me emotionally.