• ISSIA HK (Inter-school Social Issues Association) – Co-founder and President
  • Justice Leaders’ Council – Executive Director
  • The 34th Sing Tao Inter-School Debating Competition – Most Outstanding Debater Award
  • Sha Tin College: Founder and Chair of Humanities and Social Sciences Council (HSSC), Chair of the Debate Society 2019-2020, Editor-in-chief of the United Magazine (STC X SIS) 2019-2020

I think that everyone has the potential to be “outstanding”; it is akin to a flower waiting to blossom and manifest in a multitude of ways. For me, I have treated extracurriculars and personal development not necessarily as a means to an end, but as ends in and of themselves. I think that by subscribing to this mentality, one would do things they are truly passionate about. Indeed, high schoolers are very well poised to make use of the abundant array of opportunities available to them. However, one has to take risks and step out of their comfort zone. To me, this initiative and continuous drive for self-improvement is an irrefutable facet of what makes an “outstanding” student; I hope to continually embody these traits. Discourse I think teens are often an overlooked stakeholder in discourse of social change. Especially when viewed cumulatively, the power of youth cannot be understated. We are those that will have the primary responsibility of driving progress and impact in our local communities. As such, I think it is incredibly important to start early and take action, broadening our horizons, and learning the importance of social and civic engagement along the way. For me, participating in activities like debate and MUN have reaffirmed the importance of civil discourse: one can engage in heated disagreements but still reflect civility and mutual respect. In this spirit, I have strived to continually elevate the student voice and facilitate reasoned discussions through the organizations and publications I lead. As Executive Director of Justice Leaders’ Council, I organized a student panel for students seeking asylum in Hong Kong and learnt how to best facilitate cross-cultural discourse. That is, discourse that flourishes in the face of our vastly different backgrounds. In the process, I have fostered a greater sense of ‘social consciousness’, connecting with the social issues such as mental health and migrant issues. Community “The whole is more than the sum of its parts” The power of discourse is irrefutable, yet it is only a starting point. Throughout the years, I have developed an increasing appreciation for the power of community and synergy: I believe we can all play a part in making a difference, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant; each person’s contribution coalesces into long-term social change. The ability to look beyond the individual and see the bigger picture is “outstanding”. Leading ISSIA HK has reaffirmed this principle for me. I hope to continue to contribute to the social good.

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