Jenny Lu '22

School & Program
University of the Arts London (UK) or Parsons School of Design | The New School, Fashion Design

Meadowridge Student Since
Grade 2

Born in
Guandong, China

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a really bubbly, outgoing person. I’m creative and like designing in my spare time and also creating art, especially clay sculptures, illustrations, and watercolours. I like watching TV—well, binging TV—particularly K dramas. I love shopping and am a bit of a hoarder. I don’t like letting things go! I’m also interested in business and, though I haven’t gotten into it yet, would like to start exploring stocks. I, of course, love designing clothes. I started when I was really young and have always been inspired by the things around me. Just recently, I worked with a famous rapper bbno$. He reached out to a photographer, who reached out to a stylist, who reached out to me. I was a huge fan, so I was really excited. I was able to go on set and help him out. He wore two pieces from my current events collection: the COVID-19 one and the police brutality one. It was very exciting!

How did you first find yourself at Meadowridge?

My parents searched for schools for my brother and, when he came to Meadowridge, I went along with him. I was young when I first started—Grade 2—so my earliest memories are just that I liked it and it was fun. I left for a couple of years after Grade 5, so I also remember coming back and noticing how tightknit and accepting the Meadowridge community is. I remember, back then, playing in the playground with my friends. Those are some of my favourite, earlier memories. 

Although professors will care, they won’t be as attentive as the teachers at Meadowridge. I’ll miss Mrs. Laurie, who is constantly thinking about us.

Tell us about your year ahead.

Though I’m still deciding where I’ll end up, I do plan on working as an intern in the fashion industry. I plan to get in as many experiences as I can early on. During my first year, I’ll be dedicating the majority of my time to my studies. 

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

I’m looking forward to meeting new friends and exploring new places. No matter where I go, it’ll be a new environment. I’m excited but scared to live on my own. I’ll be independent, which I’ve never been before. Managing my own finances, cooking my own meals… it’ll be interesting. I can cook like three meals—chicken, beef, and vegetables—but that’s it. Overall, though, I’m just looking forward to meeting new people and having fun.

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

The friends I’ve made here at Meadowridge. That’ll be the hardest thing to let go of. A lot of friends will be staying in Canada, so I’ll be far away. Obviously, I’ve known these people for a really long time. It’ll be different going somewhere else. I’ll also miss the teachers. Although professors will care, they won’t be as attentive as the teachers at Meadowridge. I’ll miss Mrs. Laurie, who is constantly thinking about us. She always recommends books or gives us advice and is just really amazing.

Favourite Meadowridge Memory.

There are so many, but what they all have in common is fooling around with my friends. All my memories include my friends, who will be friends for a lifetime. Field trips were a great time for us to connect. The Victoria trip we took in Grade 9 stands out to me because we had time to hang out, walk around, and have a bit of independence. Also, I much prefer hotels over camping and cabins!

Making the most out of Meadowridge – what wisdom can you pass on?

Don’t procrastinate. If you get things done faster, it’ll be much easier for you in the future. It’s tough to say, “don’t procrastinate,” but it is something you have to experience the consequences of before you learn. I did, with my Extended Essay, my Internal Assessments, and my studies. I hope to have changed now.

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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