AISG shines this week’s Alumni Spotlight on Anderson Feng, a 2022 graduate who is going to attend Loyola Marymount University this fall. Anderson was deeply involved in many extracurriculars, sports and activities, which have significantly shaped him as an individual and a leader during his time at AISG. We are excited to share a little more about Anderson with you.
Now that your senior year has ended, was there any moment or event this past year that made a defining impact or lasting impression?
The walk to our senior dance performance is definitely one of the most memorable moments of not just this year, but of the 18 years of my life. Students and faculty members stood in two lines to create a passage in the middle, all the way from the top floor of building B to the entrance of the theater. They applauded, high-fived, and congratulated us as we walked down. I walked past the 11th graders at the front of the line to the 6th graders at the back, and the teachers and faculty members who have been there since my first day at AISG. I was reminded of just how long I have been a part of this community and how there are just so many memories associated with this campus and the people I met here. Prior to that moment, leaving never felt so close. I felt an intense feeling of grief, but also more gratitude for this community than I could ever describe. For those who might be reading this, I want to thank you all for the past 7 years, I could not have asked for a better experience.
How did the IB curriculum affect your perspective towards education?
I would not lie, IB was not easy. There were some long nights and stress, but IB definitely helped me build skills such as time management and organization. Furthermore, IB encourages students to apply the knowledge they learned through assessments such as the IA’s. This helped me realized the real-world application of some of the knowledge we learned in class.
In regards to the outbreak of COVID-19, what was the biggest challenge you faced and how did you overcome it?
Personally, I think the constantly changing Covid protocol was the biggest challenge for me, we never knew if we are going to have school the next day. Under such circumstances, it was difficult to stay motivated in both classes and sport practices as tests and matches could just be canceled all of a sudden; we didn’t even know if the IB Exam was still going to take place. So, I want to thank all of my teachers for always motivating me to push until the end.
Where will you be going to college and what are you looking forward to the most?
I will be attending Loyola Marymount University this fall. I look forward to the California sunshine and meeting new people. Also, I want to continue my work in Rams Reception and introduce Chinese history and culture to more people. Other than that, I’m just excited to explore what my new school and Los Angeles has to offer.
This year we celebrated AISG’s 40th Anniversary. What thoughts or emotions come to mind and what does this mean to you?
I’m honored to be graduating on AISG’s anniversary year. To me, anniversaries are when people come together to celebrate the past and look forward to the future. I hope myself and the rest of my class can inherit AISG’s heritage and be the foundation for its bright future as alumni.
What advice do you have for current students to make the most of their experience at AISG?
As Tom Hanks said in the movie “Forrest Gump “ Life is a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get”. I want to encourage all the current students to always have confidence in themselves. When you think you have a good idea, or a newfound passion, don’t second guess yourself, just go do it! Because you never know what might just happen.
What accomplishments do you dream to achieve in the next five years and how will your education at AISG help you achieve these?
In the next five years, I will try my hardest to explore new things and experiences. I hope before the end of my undergraduate years, I will have discovered a passion that is meaningful for me and have learned the essence of starting and maintaining a small company so I can sustain myself doing the things that I love. Starting and being a part of Rams Reception as well as being a member of StuCo have definitely made me realize my strengths and weaknesses as a leader. I will constantly reflect and draw inspiration from these experiences.
Anderson's extracurriculars/activities/awards/etc. at AISG:
- Boy Scouts
- Middle School Soccer
- Middle School Touch Rugby
- Middle School Volleyball
- Middle School Basketball
- The English Connection
- Varsity Cross Country
- Model United Nations
- Varsity Choir
- Varsity Soccer
- Varsity Swimming
- Varsity Basketball
- Varsity Tennis (Captain)
- Founder and coordinator of Rams Reception
- Class President 20-21
- Honor Role 2020-22
- Coach’s Choice Award for Varsity Tennis
Congratulations to Anderson on his graduation and the rest of the Class of 2022 for all they have accomplished! Once a Ram, always a Ram!