• Matthew Fung

Prepare for Launch - Matthew Fung


Dear sophomore Matt,


Prepare yourself. You are about to embark on a journey so unexpected, so wild, so unbelievably memorable that you will bawl your eyes out by the end of all this because you don’t want it to be over.


As rewarding as it seems, you will initially struggle with the newfound sense of freedom from your parents. Yes, you’ll get to do more things, but you are also responsible for more things. Fear not, though: Stevenson would welcome you with open arms, but it’s also only if you also embrace the hug. Go sign up for new activities, add to your dorm spirit, start building connections around your hallway. Eventually, in just over a week, you’ll get used to Stevenson like you’ve been here since freshman year.


Compared to Hong Kong, this will feel like an escape from the devil’s doom. This school is going to completely change the way you view a school. Everything you assumed from your last school, is going to be almost entirely untrue here. This place will make you realize that life is NOT just about grades. That there IS a way for faculty and students to bond closely. That it is still possible to get a 100% on a test in any class. If you’re thinking that every day here is going to be like a summer immersion program, then you’re absolutely right. That said, it has its own challenges: the days when you were top 3 of your class are over. You will have friends betray you. In junior year the world will… well… no spoilers, you’ll find out eventually. The point is, it will be tough at times. But know that you’re NOT ALONE! You will find yourself in some of the most amazing friendships, and they’ll find ways to put a smile on your face, even when you’re at your worst.


You’ve probably forewarned yourself already, but I’ll say it again: High school is going to zip past like lightning. Think about how fast the 9 years went by at your old school. You only have ONE shot at this. So start checking things off the bucket list. Don’t hesitate, even when it’s out of your comfort zone. Continue to be grateful as you are, and hold the things and people you love dear to your heart. You’ll need them throughout this journey, and you will carry these beautiful memories beyond high school. And when you wear your gown proud and toss your cap in the air, you will look back and be surprised at how far you’ve come. How much you’ve thrived in this stunningly beautiful campus. No matter the hurdles, it will all be worth it in the end.


Best of luck. And enjoy your ride, here at Pebble Beach.


From the guy who still sleeps 9 hours a day senior year,

Matthew Fung

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