How many cities have you visited in your life? Esther Chan, a participant at EIA Hong Kong, has travelled to more than 50 and she’s only 20 years old. Currently studying Chemistry at Nanyang Technological University Singapore, Esther believes that you can always learn something new.

In this new interview, Esther Chan shares her experience at the European Innovation Academy at one of the most multicultural cities of the planet: Hong Kong. Ready to find out? 

1. Hi Esther! Can you tell us about your biggest passions in life?

I am passionate about learning anything under the sun! I grew up with a very rigid education system that highly prizes academic achievement, that left me with almost no room for exploration. I decided to stop relying on a given curriculum for my learning and started travelling, meeting people and reading books with titles I can’t pronounce. 

That is the best form of education anyone can get!

2. What were you expecting when you joined EIA?

Expectations: I wanted to meet new people and learn, regardless of whether they were a participant or mentor. 

Reality: I did indeed meet new people I look up to and love! 🙂 

3. What was your biggest challenge during the Summer Program?

I was the CEO of my team. At many times I was met with the dilemma as to whether I should choose my relationship with my teammates or the project’s progress. I was also one of the youngest, so that did make me feel inadequate leading a team of older and more experienced people.

4. How would you describe your EIA Days?

EIA was overall light-hearted and fun! 

Any piece of advice for the next participants?

Keep an open mind, don’t be afraid to ask questions and make friends!!

Can you share a quote that inspires you?

“Never let education hinder your learning.”

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