Eric Xue '21

School & Program
University of Toronto, Computer Science

Meadowridge Student Since
Grade 5

Born in
Fuzhou, China

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I enjoy reading novels, especially crime fictions. I also watch anime, play video games and have many other hobbies. I spend time when I can to learn new hobbies and pastimes like cooking, singing, or writing. When I am free I also like to express my thoughts in many different forms of literature. In addition, I enjoy listening to music regardless of what I am doing. As for music, I mostly listen to J-pop and Vocaloid, although you can probably find a song or two from literally every genre in my playlist.

How did you first find yourself at Meadowridge?

My mom just pulled me from China to Canada, drove me to Meadowridge, and here I was. Education was important for my family, which is why we came here, but so was the environment. Because it was my parents’ goal for me to attend school in Canada, I had spent many summers here before I finally came here for school, so I didn’t experience too many troubles when I came here.

Tell us about your year ahead.

It’s still full of uncertainties, because I’m not sure if I’ll be attending online or in person, so we will have to see what my year will become. When I do make my way there, I plan to live on campus for the first year or somewhere else close by.

I’ve been exploring computer science for a while. In Grade 2, I started playing with robotics kits and doing block programs. I just continued to study it further and explore more advanced programs.

What was it about Computer Science?

I’ve been exploring computer science for a while. As early as Grade 2, I have been playing with robotics kits and doing block-programming. I simply continued to study it further and explored more advanced applications. Since I enjoyed it a lot, I knew it would be an ideal career, and that is why I am going to studying computer science at university. I’d like to become an AI researcher in the industry first and eventually become an entrepreneur. I like the work environment of AI research because it’s not your typical environment with deadlines and tasks and projects; the company basically pays you to conduct research, so it’s a great job. On the other hand, computer science is also an easy job because there is a massive online community out there to help you. As long as you aren’t on the forefront of your field, you can almost always find some solutions to your problems.

What are you most looking forward to in the year ahead?

I’m looking forward to meeting new friends. There’s an ACG club at the University of Toronto, which I’ve already joined online to meet some new friends. I look forward to seeing them on campus. I’m a bit nervous as well, but certainly not afraid. I believe things will work themselves out. I look forward to being in Toronto, which is a bit more of a city with more to check out than Maple Ridge.

What will you miss most as you move onto the next chapter?

My friends probably. The classes here are so small, so I get to spend a lot of time with my friends in class. I know at university we definitely won’t be as close. I’ll miss my teachers as well, who are each special in their own way. It’s been interesting getting to know them over the last two years.

Any parting words of wisdom?

Let’s see… well, one in particular that comes to mind is to set your goals high. Set them higher than where you’d like to end up so that when you do fail to achieve your goals, you won’t consider yourself a failure.

Congratulations to our 2022 Graduates

The Class of 2022 is graduating from one of the most rigorous academic programs in the world. Throughout the past year, and throughout their journey with us at Meadowridge, they have exhibited grace, courage, intelligence, and kindness.

They are all going on to prestigious schools nationally and internationally, to join rigorous programs in a variety of disciplines, and, most importantly, to make a positive impact in our world. We are proud of what they have achieved, and despite knowing change is the only certainty, we are confident that these young people are prepared to not only meet the future, but also to create it.

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