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Humans of HKIS: Sammi & Kelly

Sammi: I took a gap year, and before that, I didn’t study myself. I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I wanted to take a gap year to find out what I really wanted to spend my time doing.

People might be afraid of taking a gap year, they would be one year behind their classmates. I had the same issue—I see all my friends and they’re all going to college right now. But I think it’s very important to follow your own tempo. Society is all deadlines. You have to finish high school in 2020, finish university in 2024, then you have to get a job, you have to work really hard at the job, and become the boss of something. But not everyone has to follow this path. You can do your own thing. You can just be like, oh, I don’t wanna go to university, I can learn from work, and if I want to go to university later I can. Don’t do something just because everyone else is doing it.

Kelly: Wow, this is making me rethink I really need to go to university now? Maybe I should just delete my Common App account! I should just, you know, be a sushi chef or something. (laughs)

Sammi: Yeah, you have to be super brave of choosing your own path! I’m only applying to one university in China. Even though it’s pretty easy, my parents are scared I can’t get in. But I said, I just want to study. If I can just go get a job at McDonalds, I can study a lot of things. If I have my own system of processing this knowledge, I don’t have to go to university to get a good education and pay the bill, or be depressed about not getting in. If you’re aware of this concept, you’re not going to freak out about not getting what you want. You can always get what you want. There’s just different ways.

Sammi and Kelly, Class of 2020

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