SOUTHINGTON - Southington High School Valedictorian Lydia Yu plans to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to pursue a degree in computer science or business.
“I’ve always liked computer science, it’s so versatile - you can apply it to anything you want to do,” said Yu. “I love that it’s so logical.”
Yu said her favorite thing about her time at Southington High School is how supportive her teachers have been.
“They’ve been amazing,” said Yu. “They’ve always been there to back me up and to challenge me and push me.”
Yu said that she was motivated to succeed in order to give back to those who have been helpful for her.
“It wasn’t just the pressure to keep the high rank, but also because the people around me showed me so much support that I wanted to do well,” she said.
During her time at Southington High School, Yu was the treasurer of the National Honor Society and the WISE (Women in Science & Engineering) program. She was also a member of the Chinese Baptist Church of Greater Hartford Youth Group. She was the Scouting Lead with the First Robotics Team and the captain and programming lead of the VEX Robotics Team. She also participated in the National Student Leadership Conference at Yale University.
Yu’s volunteer work included establishing a mentoring program between the high school and middle school robotics teams and participating in The Hartford Project, which examined social issues in Hartford. She was the Vacation Bible School Leader with the Chinese Baptist Church of Greater Hartford and went on the Youth With A Mission trip to Ensenada, Mexico.
Yu said that she is excited and ready to get out into the broader world and put her skills to use. Her advice to those students still at Southington High School is to “do what you are passionate about.”
“Do what you are passionate about, now what people expect you to do,” she said. “If you just do what is expected you will feel trapped and you won’t be able to develop the career skills you really want.”
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