Steven Chen

  • Vancouver student in 9th grade at Sir Winston Churchill
  • RCM Cello Grade 10 Diploma
  • Vanstring 2017-2018
  • VTC 2018
  • Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra member
  • Enjoys debating and history
  • 温哥华丘吉尔中学九年级学生
  • 大提琴10级,钢琴10级
  • Van String 成员
  • 温哥华青少年交响乐团大提琴手
  • 喜欢辩论和历史

“First-hand experience, however, denies us that luxury. When something stares you in the eye, challenging your entire perception of the world thus far, it is impossible to cover it up and ignore it like you may have done through the tales of those you know.”

“This was my first VTC trip, and I do profess, its repercussions will shake me for some time to come. Up high on the mountains, time passed way too quickly – half a dozen days, half a dozen skies, in the blink of a second. They say the hardest part of a journey is the first step, but it isn’t. The hardest part of a journey is leaving something behind.

Upon returning, I gave a certain question some thought – what exactly separates people? Twenty hours. Nine thousand, three hundred and thirty kilometers. Countless mountains, political borders, and the great Pacific. Ideologies. Nationalities. Languages. Despite all this, the human will triumph – memories, inspirations, the stories we received at VTC. In our sheltered, stable lives in Canada, we are often reminded of the rest of the world – humans in other parts of the world who are less well-off. And just as often, we brush those off as pretentious, unable to see for ourselves, or even imagine, the types of lives they lead. First-hand experience, however, denies us that luxury. When something stares you in the eye, challenging your entire perception of the world thus far, it is impossible to cover it up and ignore it like you may have done through the tales of those you know.” – Steven, VTC2018

(Read more of Steven’s VTC2018 journal entries here)

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