Sebastian grew up in Hong Kong, though his father was English and his mother American. In high school, Sebastian was an avid cross-country runner and rugby player. He also combined his athletic pursuits with his desire to give back to the community, organizing a 24-hour run to raise money to fight human trafficking in Nepal. 500 students participated in the race that raised over 60,000 dollars!
Sebastian’s interest in his target language stemmed from his previous studies of Chinese in high school and connection to the region. He spent many summers in China and taught English in primary schools and rural areas through Tsinghua University. He had also spent time in China teaching sailing in the 2008 Olympic sailing city, Qingdao.
This interest in pursuing linguistic and cultural studies of the region, along with his desire to obtain a strong business education, made the program a “perfect combination” for Sebastian. He first heard of the program when an admissions officer came to speak at his school, and then visited before he applied. Ultimately, though, Sebastian’s decision came down to the unparalleled language offerings and prestigious business education.
The Huntsman Experience
Sebastian’s favorite part of the program is the diverse student body—not only with respect to backgrounds, but also in terms of extracurricular activities and career interests. Coming to an American school as an international student, living with the diverse community on KC3 eased the transition. Sebastian also says that History 107 – a Huntsman freshman seminar on comparative capitalist systems – helps bring the class together. The intense discussions are a “good way to get to know half of your Huntsman class.”
Outside of the classroom, Sebastian has also found a sense of community. He has joined the club rugby team, along with several of his Huntsman peers. The team competes against other Ivy League schools, averaging one game a week. Sebastian also joined the International Affairs association and is helping to plan the high school Model United Nations conference, ILMUNC.
This summer, Sebastian is excited to be attending a language program in Beijing to improve his Chinese, along with his fellow freshmen Chinese targets. He hopes to then spend some time home in Hong Kong before the fall semester. While Sebastian is not yet sure exactly what career he intends to pursue after graduation, he envisions himself moving back to Southeast Asia and feels the combination of business and culture-based education – along with advanced language skills – will give him an advantage in returning to the region.