Who would be the best exchange student ever?

Compiled and edited by Nicole Moraleda

We asked our readers who they would choose to be an exchange student at their school. From climate activist Greta Thunberg to actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, here are our favourite answers

Compiled and edited by Nicole Moraleda |

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Would you like Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson to be your classmate?

The Rock and I

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The former wrestler and actor would bring lots of charisma and personality to our school, which I think would bring lots of joy to the students. He is very popular and is a great human being. I’d love to meet him.

Saurav Gosain, 16, Caritas Tuen Mun Marden Foundation Secondary School

My friendly neighbourhood classmate

I’d definitely pick Tom Holland. Ever since he started playing Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he’s become my favourite actor. I would love for him to be an exchange student at my school because he seems very friendly and charming. I would ask him for some acting tips, and in exchange, I would teach him some Cantonese and a little bit about Hong Kong.

Zenna Sultan, 17, HKTA The Yuen Yuen Institute No. 3 Secondary School

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The Hong Kong Harry Potter?

I’d choose J.K. Rowling, the British author best known for writing the Harry Potter series. I grew up with her books and would love to talk to her about Harry Potter. Also, because I am passionate about writing and my dream is to one day become a novelist like her, I would love for her to give me some writing tips. I’d also like to teach her more about Hong Kong and our culture and maybe that would inspire her to write a novel about Hong Kong in future!

Shiny Lai Shun-yin, 14, Tsuen Wan Government School

Cuz he’s my cousin

I’d pick my cousin, John. He originally studied in Hong Kong and likes it here, but had to move to France with his family when he was 10. He wishes he could come back to Hong Kong to study and I’d like to help make that happen for him. Although he couldn’t stay forever, I think he’d still be happy to come back.

Leo Chan, 13, Scientia Secondary School

King James

I’d choose professional NBA basketball player LeBron James. I think he could teach me some awesome basketball tricks. I’d love if he could be my classmate and train me in basketball so I can become my school’s MVP.

Jacky Leung, 14, Ng Yuk Secondary School

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A different perspective

I’d choose my mum because she always says she wants to know more about me. She often misunderstands me and doesn’t seem to get why I am so stressed all the time. I think that we could learn more about each other if she were an exchange student at my school, and that our relationship could become stronger.

Grace Chui, 17, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

What’s it like to live in North Korea?

I’d like to have a student from North Korea be an exchange student at my school so I can learn more about the country. Since it’s very difficult to travel to North Korea, I would take the opportunity to learn as much about the culture, politics, and daily life there as possible from the exchange student.

Duncan Ho Tsz-tao, 14, Scientia Secondary School

Free iPhones for everyone?

I’d like Tim Cook, the current CEO of Apple, to be an exchange student at my school. My school uses Apple products in our computer lessons, but I’d like to learn more about its special functions. If he sat next to me in class, he could teach me the quickest way to complete all the tasks.

Daniel Lee Tsz-tan, 13, Law Ting Pong Secondary School

Maybe Greta Thunberg would be someone interesting to study with for a while.
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A role model

Greta Thunberg. She would bring a lot of insight and vibrancy to my school community, and I’m curious to know what the young activist has to say about the recent protests in Hong Kong.

Charlotte Fung, 17, International Christian School

Life with Nick

I’d pick motivational speaker Nick Vujicic. Although he was born without legs and arms, that hasn’t stopped him from doing things like painting, using a computer, or even surfing! These days, students give up on doing their homework and exams when it gets too hard. I think having him at my school would inspire my schoolmates to not give up and always push themselves to their limits.

Rosanna Tung, 14, Law Ting Pong Secondary School

Edited by Nicole Moraleda

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