Recently, both Herry and I had the opportunity to attend SAPA’s (South Asian Parents’ Association) annual alumni night held at Diamond Bar High School. There were undergraduates present from several notable schools, including Stanford, Yale, USC, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UCSD. Together, we hoped to answer any questions students had about college. We also wanted to encourage students and let them know that one day, all their hard work in high school will pay off as they are accepted into their dream universities.
The students asked plenty of good questions, ranging from questions about college life to questions about SAT tips and strategies. One of my favorite questions came from a freshman student who asked, “What do you do in your free time in college?” I thought that was a very simple, yet meaningful question. I felt that this student realized that there was a lot more to attending college than simply attending classes and studying. While those are good ways to spend time, as alumni we mostly agreed that the majority of learning in college happens outside the classroom. For students with the right perspective, this is often true in high school as well.
I would like to take that student’s question and extend it to our readers: What do you like to do in your spare time? What type of learning are you doing outside of the classroom? Whether you’re a student or not, learning is a central part of our lives and empowers us to make our next day better than the last. I encourage you as readers to think of experiences in your life that have really taught you something valuable, and to seek similar experiences in the future.
Overall, we had a great time at SAPA’s alumni night and hope to be back next year!
All the best,
Herry and Anthony