Victoria Gibney , Staff Writer

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview this year’s valedictorian, Helena Fu. Becoming valedictorian is an honor that takes a lot of time, effort, and dedication to achieve. Helena was able to answer a few questions about her journey, and some questions that can help fellow students.

Was this a goal for you?

“It was definitely a hope of mine, but I’ve always aimed to do well in school. I try to put as much effort as I can into everything that I do, and I’m really fortunate that it has paid off in many ways.”

What was your journey like achieving this? Did you have a favorite part of the journey?

“I always thought that I should try my best to do well in school because I’m really fortunate to even have the opportunity to learn. It’s a long journey, and I know sometimes it feels like the hard work isn’t paying off and it was wasted, or that you should be trying harder and working more, but in the end, what matters is the effort you put in. Ultimately, I think the best part of the experience was when I finally figured out what I wanted to pursue in the future. I think once I began to figure that out, I finally understood how all of the things I had worked hard to learn over the years actually connect with each other to help set me on the path to achieve my goals.”

What advice would you give to the underclassmen?

“I think one of the most important forms of advice is to understand that the way you interact with others impacts people’s perceptions of who you are. This influences the connections you make, and a crucial skill for all throughout life without my family, friends, teachers and even people who I’m not close with. Every person has an impact on you, and teaches you something about life or yourself. I think something everyone should always work toward is learning how to form strong networks and connections. How you make people feel is something that can be the start or end of many relationships. Being respectful, kind and attentive to the people around you, as well as putting in effort is something that people around you will always recognize and remember.”

Where do you see yourself in five years from now?

“Over the next four years, I’m doing a Dual Degree program, so I’m hoping to receive a BA in economics, and a BA in sustainable development. I would love to someday be able to work in the field of sustainable development internationally. It would be an absolute dream to have the opportunity to learn more about the United Nations’ sustainability projects, which have headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya (UNEP), so I’m hoping I can spend the next five years learning more about sustainability and international solutions to these issues.”

Congratulations, Helena, on this wonderful accomplishment. Best of luck in the future!