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Humans of HKIS: Hanson Yuan

“In eighth grade, ninth grade, I was just an idiot. In ninth grade, I ran for treasurer and I made this horrible speech. It was all about self motion, it was all about being overconfident and really really really really really dumb about everything that I did. So it turned out super poorly, as expected. And I was really sad by it, but I felt that okay, it wasn’t so bad. It wasn’t until halfway through the year when I realized that, oh shoot, nobody really likes me. I was doing fine in grades and everything, so I was like, okay, fine. As long as I’m doing fine in grades. But then I realized high school things are changing, social change is happening. I started to realize that I was becoming distant from others, not because I didn’t want to spend time with me, but because they didn’t want to spend time with me. I realized that I needed to do something about this, because I don’t want to go down as the worst person in the Class of 2021. So I said, it’s time to actually mature up, don’t screw around, focus on trying to make amends, because right now, the best thing that I can do right now is to fix a few relationships. Even until now, it’s just day after day of repeating the same thing, making amends and trying my best. Even if it’s just saying hi.

I actually tried something in the past year: there was a guy that, well, we just didn’t get along. Every single time that I saw him, I said hi to him. Every single time. By the fifteenth or twentieth time, he started to say hi back. I was really surprised by him giving me this feedback, because at the end of the year we were like, hey we’re not so bad. Maybe we can be compatible and friends after all.” Hanson Yuan, Class of 2021

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