Hugh Gao ’23

School & Program
University of British Columbia, Sciences     

Meadowridge Student Since
Grade 8

Tell us about your time at Meadowridge and the connections you’ve made.

I got really lucky when I came to Meadowridge in Grade 8. I felt like this was the perfect time for me to come because a lot of the friends I’ve made also started at the school during this time.

The WWOW trips in the beginning of the school year made my transition to a new school easier. Because of WWOW, I was able to make friends before classes actually started and this made my school experience memorable. All the trips have been a great way for me to get to know my peers and the teachers better. I went to Quebec in Grade 9, I went to two Model UN conferences, and last summer, I went to the Canadian Light Source in Saskatchewan for a research trip. It’s a different experience when you spend time with people outside of the class and I’m grateful to have those memories.  

What do you want to be remembered for as a Meadowridge student? 

As someone who was helpful and supportive. I peer-tutored math which is one of my strengths. My friends often ask me for help in subjects I’m good at and I feel happy when I can help people understand things better. I find that when you help others, it helps you too by reinforcing your own knowledge. I also led a math competition and chess CAS club for other students.  

What will you always remember?

I’ll always remember the time spent with my friends. Whether it was studying, having fun, going on trips, playing chess, having lunch, or just talking to each other at school, just having time all together is something I’ll miss.     

What are you looking forward to in the years ahead?

Meeting new people at UBC, living on campus, and being independent. I’m really looking forward to getting a part-time job soon. I’ve never had a job before and I want to gain work experience and meet new people.  

What are you pursuing in university? Goals? 

Right now, I’ve narrowed it down to chemistry and physics as a combined major. I’m interested in the academic and research side of this field, but I would also be interested in gaining work experience in an applied career. My dream would be to work as a professor or teacher because I enjoy explaining and teaching concepts to people. If I was going into a practical career, I could see myself working in a laboratory.  

How did you make your decision on studying sciences at UBC?  

There were a variety of reasons that led me to choose UBC. I wanted a science program with a co-op element and I wanted a school that had a lot of choices for majors and specializations, and these were things that UBC had. I also wanted to be close to my family here, in BC.  

Any parting words of wisdom for our Meadowridge Community? 

Find a purpose in everything you do and always enjoy what you’re doing. If you’re coming to Meadowridge from a different school, like I did, be confident and confident in your abilities. Don’t be intimidated by the students or teachers because everyone is really nice here.   

Congratulations to our 2023 Graduates

The Class of 2023 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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