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ESF alumna: Michelle Li

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 December, 2017, 9:04am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 December, 2017, 9:04am

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Hong Kong’s entertainment magazine MadbuzzHK is a great information source for those who want to learn more about the local music scene. One of the founders and executive editors of this witty periodical is Michelle Li, a 2012 graduate of Renaissance College. She also wears other career hats as a medical intern at the Prince of Wales Hospital and still finds time occasionally to play in a local band.

When asked about the fondest memories she had of her school days at RCHK, two events stand out. During the last day at school, Michelle took part in a mass rain-soaked performance of the Macarena with all of her fellow 2012 graduates. She also recalls the event when - “We transformed into superheroes for a day during Prank Week to save ourselves from IB exams!” Michelle also looks back with fond nostalgia at the special moments she had with her teachers, citing the 3-minute wrap-up sessions about the latest X Factor episodes with history teacher Mr. Nick Georgiou. She also recounted – “The baking treats our DP English teacher Ms. Aletha Rossiter would share with us on an almost weekly basis, or the teary send-off we gave our beloved DP HL Physics teacher Mr Brian McCann, when our whole class dressed up in his likeness, glasses, striped shirt, tie and all.”

Perhaps what influenced Michelle most during her time at RC was the way her teachers sparked her curiosity. She says - “The IB system made it possible for me to explore my bipolar interests in both physics and history. I also found it inspiring to meet teachers who had such infectious love and unabashed passion for whatever they taught. Learning from the teachers at RCHK has always felt like that moment you meet a friend who is curious about the same things as you are, and has so much to offer and share with you.”

As for her advice to current students, she looks back on the quote she wrote in her yearbook -  ‘You can’t make footprints in the sands of time if you’re sitting on your butt’.  She says - “Who wants to make buttprints in the sands of time?”. Figure out what it is you love and work your butt off for it.” She adds -“Most importantly, take your parents out to dinner sometimes and give them a little love when you can. They deserve it!”