17 year old Joey Liang achieved a perfect SAT 1600 + ESSAY 8-6-8. She talked to Woshi about challenges, passions, and quirks, books and movies, and of course, SAT. Her take on what learning means is powerful and inspirational.

Hey Joey, nice to meet you. Congratulations on your SAT! What first went through your mind when you checked CollegeBoard and saw that 1600?

Great to meet you too. I was honestly thinking, was there some kind of bug in the college board system? Or else I must be dreaming.
Also just a heads-up, this conversation is going to switch between English and Mandarin!

What's something cool about you?

I think I know nearly all kinds of ways to play with a deck of cards.
Also, when I write, I tilt the paper 90 degrees so that I’m writing pretty much writing from bottom to top. (就是我写字是90度角歪斜的。)

And something weird about you?

I only overcame my fear of fire in the last month and learnt how to use the cooker.

Wow. What's an event that has shaped you most, as a person?

Going to Guangdong Experimental Middle School. Though it might not count as a legit event, the three years in middle school really shaped who I am now. The open and inclusive atmosphere, the warm teachers, cool club activities, and numerous amazing opportunities had given me the chance to explore myself, develop myself, and grow from a super shy girl into who I am now.

学习对于你来说意味着什么?(What does learning mean for you?)

龙应台在《亲爱的安德烈》里面写过一段话对我影响很大:孩子,我要求你读书用功,不是因为我要你跟别人比成绩,而是因为,我希望你将来会拥有选择的权利,选择有意义、有时间的工作,而不是被迫谋生。当你的工作在你心中有意义,你就有成就感。当你的工作给你时间,不剥夺你的生活,你就有尊严。成就感和尊严,给你快乐。
所以我觉得学习是让我以后的生活可以有自由选择的权力的方式。

What's a social issue you're passionate about?

The big gap between rich and poor (especially in the field of education and medical technology).

你战胜过最大的挑战是什么?(What's the biggest challenge you overcame?)

The process of college application…

Sat 上花了多少时间?(How much time did you spend studying for your SATs?)

我高二上学期十月份开始准备出国考试。12月考了旧sat和托福,一月sat2数理化,五月sat2美国历史,六月新sat。如果按这样算大概整个出国考试准备了八个月,其中每一个考试的准备都是对自己能力的提升,所以都算是为新sat做准备吧。

为什么要去考 SAT?
(What do you think is the point of SAT?)

对思维有提升,个人觉得冷静的推理和寻求证据是做题的重要部分。

Lastly, some book / movie recommendations?
(推荐些书和电影吧!)

Two recent movies that I loved: Hacksaw Ridge, Sully.
Books: Ready Player One, Between the World and Me, A Little Story of Philosophy.
Thanks for chatting!

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