Senior Spotlight - Cindy Li
1) What has been your biggest disappointment/hardship since schools have been closed for the remainder of the academic year?
After the reality of quarantine sank in, I realized that I would not be able to say goodbye to teachers and students in person. Many of my teachers are moving or retiring, so I have to find new ways of closure. Since I am going to be halfway across the world in a few months, communication is only going to become increasingly more difficult, so I am finding ways to formally wrap up my year.
2) What are your plans for the fall?
I plan on attending NYU Shanghai in the fall, which I am super excited about. It is such an amazing opportunity, and I can’t wait to see what is in store for me. As of now, I am scheduled to start school in mid-September since the pandemic situation in Shanghai is progressing well.
3) How have your plans changed, if at all?
Other than not being able to visit the country I plan on spending the next year at, I had originally planned on giving myself some time with the world during the summer. I wanted to visit some new places and reconnect with many people before school starts. I am hopeful that things will get better, and perhaps I can still accomplish some of these plans.
4) What have you learned about yourself since the COVID-19 closures?
I have been surprisingly productive. I learned that I am capable of creating new projects to work on beyond academics which has been my primary focus for the past decade.
5) What is your passion?
I have many passions (too many). I love media and art-related activities including videography, photography, and film, along with performance-related activities like dance and oratory. I have a passion for communication whether that is presented through spoken word, art, drama, or writing. As long as I am delivering meaningful messages, I am happy.
6) Have you discovered a new passion in light of social distancing?
To be honest, social distancing has allowed me to take a break from my rather social self and focus on some deeper connections with myself. I have been learning many new things and exploring more hobbies during quarantine. A random opportunity brought me a guitar, so I have been learning guitar, and although I didn’t grow up heavily invested in music, I think music is truly a beautiful creation in itself. I'm also proud to say that I finally learned how to bike since Shanghai is full of public bikes, so in light of saving money, I decided it was time.
7) What are your hopes for the future?
I look forward to setting a potential schedule for myself for the future since I am at a point where I’m still not too sure of what is to come, but as of now, I just hope everyone stays at home. I would love for things to return to normal, so that I can provide a formal closure to everyone I’ve interacted with during the past few years, whether that’s friends, classmates, peers, teachers, or staff.
8) Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you?
I smile too much, and I genuinely hope that everyone is happy. At a time like this, I also hope that everyone is safe and finding new ways to cope.
9) What are you most proud of about your school experience/best memory?
Completing school is something I am proud of. I feel that I explored a broad range of activities in high school, and I am super proud of that. Every activity and every person I've encountered makes up a piece of my school experience, and overall, I am satisfied with what came together.