Student Spotlight on Chris Hu

Alexander Canongo, Staff Writer

Who are you favorite teachers and why?

My favorite teachers would have to be my music directors and club advisers. They make my afternoons more enjoyable and they’re my cool-down from school. But my most memorable and my favorite-est would have to be Mr. Rimbey from the junior high. Although I never took any of his classes, I was able to talk to him about life and all of the other things that were going on in the world. He’s the director of the junior high TSA, and I’m sure he’s learned quite a bit about my personality from going to states and nationals with me. He’s been there along the way and has helped my creativity develop through the three years that I’ve known him. He’s helped me throughout numerous projects I’ve done, in and out of school. And for that, I’d say he’s my favorite-est teacher.

What are you plans after graduation?

My plans after graduation are to make it into an Ivy League college and get a PhD. I’m a pretty indecisive person, but this is the only thing I know I want. To make sure I achieve the highest degree of knowledge possible. Deciding on what subject is still a struggle for me to figure out (because I’m indecisive as mentioned), but whatever I go into, I know I’ll love.

Who do you consider you biggest role model, and why?

My biggest role model, as cliche as it sounds, is my brother, Yue (John) Hu. The most well-rounded person I know. An absolute genius, Valedictorian of the Class of 2012, and a somewhat decent violin player. I know I’m supposed to be my own person, but he started my base as a person and student. Good grades, good motivation, and good charisma. All things I strive to achieve. I know that I wouldn’t be half the person I am today without him.

What is the greatest experience you have ever had?

The greatest experience I’ve ever had was visiting New Zealand. Saying it’s beautiful there is an understatement. It’s perfectly cold, perfectly spaced out, has beautiful views, and amazing people. My greatest experience by far.

What qualities do you value in people who you spend time with?

The quality that I value in the people I spend time with is reliability. It doesn’t matter how far or how late it is, I know that there’s always a number I can call when I need them. I also value their humor. It’s hard to get along with people who don’t laugh at your jokes. It gets kinda weird. But when you start to die of laughter together, only to laugh harder as they start snorting, you know that you have a real friendship.

What is your greatest strength?

My greatest strength is my time management. Juggling 15+ clubs and leadership positions is quite an experience. Without my time management, I’m sure I would’ve burned out by now.

What social stigma does society need to get over?

A social stigma that society needs to get over is the LGBTQ+  community. Let people love who they want. It’s not anyone else’s business. You can have your opinions, but it’s not your place to determine what they identify as or who they love.

If there is one thing you could change in the world , what would it be?

If I could change one thing in this world, it would be global warming. We are the reason our home and planet is crumbling. Listen to science and what it has to say because it’s our future and many futures to come.

What’s something people don’t worry about but really should?

Something people don’t worry about that they should is definitely the words they say. It affects people. What you say may not matter to you, but others may feel the effect. I believe that in this day and time, we should all be aware of what terms are acceptable and what are not.

What is your greatest accomplishment so far?

My greatest accomplishment so far was raising three thousand dollars for a non-profit project. My project partner Yasmine Eljimari and I created Project Quarantine, a non-profit directed towards helping local businesses and hospitals during the beginning of our lock-down. We bought foods from family-owned businesses and delivered those foods to local health workers and testing centers. We teamed up with schools in Monroe County, clubs, made 14 deliveries, made new friends, and won a philanthropy award. And that is by far, my greatest accomplishment.