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Academy Anecdotes

Angelina Chan

“When you have something in your life that you enjoy, when you see that joy in your life, go towards that. Don’t cut that out, especially when you’re stressed, and that’s what we tend to do- we tend to cut those healthy things out because we don’t have time… when those are actually the times that we need it the most."

Angelina Chan

“Overall, I think the role of aesthetics in society is to showcase human potential...and universal beauty; tapping into the visual sense, and looking at color, looking at texture, looking at what makes us feel good or what brings joy, or what evokes emotion, and what matters to us...I want my club to be a place where people can feel comfortable experimenting creatively and learning about new creative platforms, or ideas that maybe they weren’t exposed to before; we go to such a diverse school that there’s so many opinions, so many different ways to view beauty.”

Angelina Chan

On theoretical math: “I believe in math for math’s sake. I don’t think that it needs a role in society - I think it does, eventually...when you’re doing theoretical math, you can’t see what that role is going to be; if you look historically at a lot of the big math theories...they maybe became useful 500 years later. So you [don’t] always know, but that [doesn’t] take away the purpose of studying math...because it’s a language...so you want to have the most complete understanding of the language, even if those things you can’t see their actual use - it’s about making it complete.”

Angelina Chan

“So it’s a lot different from eighth grade, obviously. It’s a lot different, the tests and subjects are much harder, and just living on my own and being independent was a bit of a struggle for me - to make this huge transition into high school. It’s a little hectic, I’m not gonna lie, but I can get used to it - like having the sports available on campus, I like that everything’s right there for you, and it’s a very nice experience.”

On playing ice hockey: “I like the thrill and the adrenaline rush where you’re one-on-one with the puck and the player, and it’s all on you, your focus is all on the puck, and just making that save, and hearing the roaring fans and the teammates cheering you on.”

Angelina Chan

On the importance of theater: “It’s important for an audience because it allows them to hear really good stories. I always hear really good stories and get a look into either a fantastic world or a different culture, or provide an escape for the audience. I think it’s important for performers because it allows them to explore a new world and emotion. Also, I just have a lot of fun doing it.”