I grew up in the “Empire State”, though nothing about the quiet suburbs that I spent afternoons climbing trees and devouring books in suggested the formidable atmosphere its title entailed. Rather, the neighbourhood peace provided comfort as I built my own empire in my head, stocked with aspirations, furnished with ‘sofistikated’ vocabulary, grounded by curiosity and ambition.
From September 23rd to the 25th, I traveled to Hong Kong for the first time for a China Cup rugby tournament with various international schools from Asia. Although the trip was short and due to sports commitments we were not able to sightsee, it was still an amazing experience so I thought why not share it with you? 🙂
Not only was this the first time I visited Hong Kong, but also as a representing sports player for my school’s team. One thing I love about my high school is the abundance and diverse range of extracurricular opportunities they offer – including travelling for sports. It means I get the opportunity to get to know my team and peers in a different context, an unfamiliar place against unfamiliar people, and it truly bonds us. But I also get to meet students from other schools and tour the city.
During spring break of my sophomore year I joined a crew of my fellow high school peers and teachers and traveled to Borneo, Malaysia as part of the SEASFIRE environmental program. We arrived to explore the underwater habitat of Malaysia’s marine life, and became certified scuba divers, thanks to our wonderful diving instructors. Malaysia was an amazing experience.