Samantha Wai


Welcome to my page! I’m Samantha Wai, and I’m a junior at SHC. I am definitely a person who can be nervous when you first get to know me, but when I start to warm up, I can be very funny and talkative. I am also very resourceful and persistent when obstacles are put in my path. In terms of academics at SHC, my favorite classes currently are probably AP Language and Composition and Ethics. I specifically like the subject of English because I can analyze texts that pertain to life and its hidden messages, as well as explore my writing style and sense of being in the world today. Not only that, but writing is a fundamental part of who I am, and this class helps me evolve that part of myself and learn to be persuasive with my words. Admittedly, I have definitely packed my schedule with a number of rigorous classes, but I quite enjoy Ethics because I can explore my moral identity without the pressure of studying for an AP test or feeling like everything I learn is only important for the grade I receive. I get to internalize potential events in life that question my morality and share how I might respond to the given situations. While all my classes this year are enriching, these, I must say, are my current favorites.

In school, extracurricular clubs I have joined include the Emerald (school newspaper), Tech Crew, Debate Club, Badminton Club, LVY, and Board Game Club. Out of those, I am most involved and interested in Debate and the Emerald. For debate, I absolutely love that I can learn about national issues and find ways to solve them through competitive and challenging discussions with other people my age. I personally struggle a lot with confidence, which is why this is a very difficult activity for me, but I enjoy it so much and feel like I am learning and growing as I continue with it. This is evident by the fact that this year, I am one of the head captains of the team. I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity and hope to inspire my peers through my ability to overcome the challenges as a debater. Furthermore, I enjoy the Emerald because I can write about topics I am passionate about and improve my writing skills greatly. This year, I am working as the Head Copy Editor, so I love that I can communicate with other writers and help them publish their own articles. These various clubs have provided me so far with a great SHC experience and allowed me to be more active and connected with my peers and those around me.

Outside of school, I enjoy pursuing other interests. I absolutely love baking and cooking during my spare time. I am not very good with art, but I feel like baking and cooking can be outlets for expressing my creativity. From doing the smallest things like adding a much-needed pinch of salt to a sweet chocolate chip cookie to experimenting with new flavors, I feel as though I can be creative with what I add to my food. I also have a lot of fun volunteering to help others. Some things I have done before are helping at food banks and cooking for those in need. At school, I volunteer my efforts for events through LVY, CSF, and Block Club, and I have been an ambassador for Jumpstart and Irish For A Day for two years. Currently, I am helping out at a program called ENGin, practicing English with a student my age in Ukraine. These are some things I have volunteered for before, and I hope to continue to do more as I grow older. As for leisurely activities, I enjoy watching TV and hanging out with my friends. Some of my favorite movies and shows are Heartstopper, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, and Stranger Things. Additionally, I have a lot of fun hosting sleepovers and going to places like the mall and interesting food areas with my friends.

During my time here at SHC, I hope to continue to do many things, like progress immensely in my studies, meet new people and challenges, and undertake more activities that will help me reach my best potential and change me for the better. As a member of the i2 program, it is my hope that I can make an effort to help out and change the community I live in through my ideas and determination. I want to be able to make a difference in the lives of others, whether it may be a few or many. That being said, with the i2 program’s help, I believe that I can contribute to the well-being of others so that I can be a positive influence on the world around me.


My 2023-2024 i2 Project

For my 2023-2024 i2 project, my proposed idea is to create a program that’s an extension of my original website atypicalautism. One thing that’s a huge part of my website is resources for families and individuals. Therefore, the main goal of the program is that it’s a student-led and volunteer-based organization dedicated to helping families […] Read more

My 2021-2022 i2 Project

This year, for my i2 project, I, along with my partner, Michael Bridon, have decided to create a short video documentary that centers on the topic, How Social Media’s Standards Affect Mental Health. Our plan is to conduct research on the topic, as well as on ideas that surround the topic such as social media, […] Read more

The i2 Journey Begins

As a freshman in the i2 program at SHC, I am so excited for my new journey and the challenges and experiences that come along with it. Being able to make it into this program has been so exciting and completely new for me. I was not really sure about what this program was at […] Read more

i2 Projects

How Social Media Standards Affect Mental Health

In this era, almost everybody has seen or at least heard of social media. It is everywhere, and there are billions of people that use it and even consider it as a part of their daily life.

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Welcome to my project! I'm Sam, and this website is dedicated to an interesting topic I have been able to learn about this past year, which is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

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AtypicalAutism 2.0

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