Compass Campaign: Scholarship Endowment
SI Class of 2017 & President of SITV
My SI Story
I see SI as a diverse community of people, each with a unique story. And I’m passionate about telling those stories.
That’s why I am one of the leaders of SITV. Our mission is to give a microphone to people who have something to say but who aren’t used to having a voice.
This is also why I spent the summer at Google, working at an internship designed to reduce gender disparity in the field of computer science. We are learning how to code and meeting high tech leaders who are committed to making the tech world more diverse. When I return to SI, I’ll be starting a club to help encourage girls to study computer science and pursue high-tech careers by gaining skills.
My parents came to the U.S. from Hong Kong and Macau for the same reason — to gain skills in order to give their child the American Dream. They worked hard to afford to go to college, and knowing their story reminds me that all I have is a blessing, not a given.
I am grateful to my parents, just as I am thankful to the Mohun family, who funded my scholarship at SI. When my parents first heard that SI was helping to pay for my education, they felt so relieved. They knew how much I wanted to come here ever since I went to my first Open House, where the teachers and students were so welcoming. I knew I wanted to be a part of this community, one that I love so much, to allow me to live out SI’s mission.
And that brings me back to SITV. I get to shine the light on so much talent and show how these very different people come together with one goal — to work as a team to make each other better while they become their best selves.
Elizabeth Leong ’17