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Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight: Sophie Wu

Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight: Sophie Wu
Posted on 05/21/2020
district logoTo help celebrate the Class of 2020, we asked high school principals to identify exemplary seniors to be profiled for our Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight series.

Sophie Wu, Woodbury High School


What are your plans after high school? Sophie Wu

I’m planning to study economics and computer science at Stanford University this fall!

What is the most important thing you’ve learned in your school? Why?

I’ve learned that I genuinely enjoy the act of learning itself. I won’t lie and say that I’m always excited to walk into class or complete an assignment, but over the years, I’ve been able to take away something from every subject I’ve been exposed to. The idea that, as long as we put the time into it, we can learn anything, is pretty cool.

What has been, or what will be, your biggest challenge?

I sometimes still struggle with the notion of success, and with that, balancing effort and expectation. It took me a long time to realize that hard work will always pay off, just that the results aren’t always immediately apparent, or in the form that you’d expect.

What teacher has had the biggest impact on your educational journey?

While they aren’t teachers in the traditional sense, head Speech coaches Suzanne and Dillon White have transformed my educational journey for the better. They’ve imparted on me not only the skill of communicating effectively, but also the value of consistent, if gradual, improvement through dedicated effort. These lessons have carried over into all aspects of my life; today, I am a more thoughtful, dedicated, and expressive student because of my four years with them on the Speech team. I couldn’t be more grateful.

With the current state of the world, what gives you hope?

I find hope in the creativity that’s developed in the wake of the pandemic. Whether it’s in the new ways we've found to spend our free time, the novel social commentary on our situation, or the inventive ways people have been contributing to the fight against COVID-19, this spirit of innovation is a reason to believe things will get better.