As I am writing this blog, I am well into the 2019 - 2020 school year. This past summer has easily been one of my best so far, with its ups and downs. I got to catch up with my friends and family back in Hong Kong amid the stunning protests against the extradition bill, and I was honored to be part of the Harvard Summer School, where I had the privilege to meet and learn with talented individuals across 4 continents around one of the most historic and renowned campuses in the world. The Astrophysics course sure was a tough challenge, but we successfully plowed through the course eventually with countless memories to follow.
Group photo with my Astrophysics class at Harvard, a.k.a. the AstroGang !!!
But put aside the unforgettable summer I've had, and I'm looking right into a new school year here at Pirate Nation. This year, the sorting hat has put me in a single room on the upper floor in the freshman boys' dorm of Wilson/TI. In the same dorm, I have really good friends that I met last year, as well as newbies who are about to experience their first year at Stevenson. In fact, this actually encouraged me to be proactive and help the new freshmen adapt to the new environment of which they will call home for the next year. By the fact that we successfully won 3rd place at DormOlympics and that some people still think that I am a Prefect in the dorm, I can tell my efforts (and the real Prefects') did not disappoint at all. I'm also delighted to rekindle previous friendships and connect with new people and overall, it has been a blast to be part of the Wilson/TI family.
Here's the Wilson/TI crew in 'Save the Ocean' blue! See that wave formation we made?!
As a junior who always seeks the perfect balance between work and play, the new schedule has also relieved many of the worries I had about not being prepared enough for what is probably the toughest year of high school yet. It's quite ironic that we have less accumulated class time, yet I seem to pick up more knowledge compared to last year since the classes now are much more in-depth and less rushed. The cohesive classroom is simply the frosting to the cake, boosting the class atmosphere and fostering discussions. So far, it's been a well-oiled machine, and there's no wonder why all of my friends love the new schedule, even those who once seem to not prefer the change.
It's unbelievable to think that my first month of junior year has gone by in the blink of an eye. While I'm still recovering from my summer mood and stuffing my books into my perfectly square backpack, the campus is buzzing around with action once again. Every time when the Residential Activities Committee updates the Weekly Activities sheet, I immediately look it up on my laptop and search for new things that I might be down to do. Meanwhile, subconsciously, a warm, satisfying smile surfaces: It's the weekend again.
A stunning Carmel Beach sunset caught on camera.