Hanning Ye: Canada’s Student of the Week

This week, we’re celebrating Hanning Ye as Canada’s Student of the Week.

Hanning is a Grade 12 traveler, swimmer, and all-around community-builder at Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute in Guelph.

CampusRankings caught up with Hanning to find out what inspires her work, and how she spends her day-to-day.

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If you could have dinner with anybody in the world, alive or dead, who would it be?

Angelina Jolie.

If we had to describe you in a tweet (140 characters), what would it look like?

My name is Hanning and I live in Guelph! I love travelling and swimming! I have also created a forum for international highschool students studying in Ontario; www.studentsabroad.ca.

Favourite app?

VSCO or Facebook.

What’s been a major challenge that you have overcome?

Figuring out my personal and career aspirations in life!

Favourite mentor at school?

My guidance counselor Ms.Coole. Unfortunately, she retired last year but she always believed in me as a student.

Favourite subject at school?

Economics!! I love economics because it’s really a mix of all my favorite subjects; business, math, sociology, and psychology. Everything is so logical yet dynamic and challenges my critical thinking and problem solving skills. It’s one of the few high school subjects that you can actually apply to your life and experience in the world. Economics is not always about money, it is also about people. It is very interesting to learn about how markets work on a individual and international scale and see how firms operate when rationality conflicts with human behavior. Plus my economics teacher, Mr.Conti is amazing!

What’s a life lesson most people should know?

Don’t use do an activity “for the resume.”

When I first started high school, I went to the club fair and signed up for every single extra-curricular my school offered. Big mistake. I wore myself too thin and quit everything within the first semester.

It is SO important to find something you are passionate about and enjoy doing. Join activities that make you excited to get up in the morning. It’s not worth it to over commit yourself and wear yourself out. Trust me, having a resume with a few things you are great at and committed to is way more impressive having a resume with a huge list of experiences you could care less about. Same goes for choosing your career path. Don’t just go for a job because you want the money, do it because you can’t imagine yourself doing anything else.

Your time is precious in life, do something that makes you happy.

Who is your inspiration?

Lori Greiner. She is 100% self-made and one of the most powerful and successful women in business. She has invented over 250 products and is the queen of making an idea into reality and turning it into a successful product or business. What inspires me the most is that at the time she had her first product idea, she was working a minimum wage job reading scripts and writing plays as well as selling costume jewelry on the side. With little business experience
and no manufacturing experience, all potential investors doubted her but she kept on going. Today she owes a multi-million dollar empire. Her passion, drive, and motivation inspires me to be resilient and achieve my goals despite the obstacles.

Most important thing in a friendship?


What’s on your plate right now, community involvement-wise?

I basically live by the pool! I work as a swim instructor, life guard, and an assistant deck supervisor at my community pool. I volunteer in a inpatient visiting program at the Guelph General hospital and Spin Fit (a physiotherapy program for people who have suffered spinal cord injuries) at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Center. I’m the public relations officer for the Guelph’s Saint John Ambulance 622 division and we provide cover first aid at regional events. I also am a part of Guelph Youth Council and this year with the council I am taking a lead initiative on organizing Guelph’s very own TedxYouth!

I have also created a forum for international high school students studying in Ontario: www.studentsabroad.ca. At my school, I am involved with the swim team and I co-founded a Peer Tutoring club with a few of my classmates to help International Students develop their English writing and reading skills for University.

I also have a huge passion for travelling and a love for visiting new countries and immersing myself into their culture. This past summer, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Cambodia for a service project with 30 other students to build houses for Cambodians affected by the Khmer Rouge. It was truly a life-changing and humbling experience.

Why do you do it all?

I am passionate about every single extra-curricular activity that I am involved in. Helping others creates such a rewarding feeling that you can not possibly get anywhere else. I love utilizing my creativity and ideas to make a impact in my community. Being involved in extra-curricular activities relieves all of the stress that comes with school. I have made so many life-long friends and met so many amazing mentors that I am forever grateful for!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Getting accepted into medical school or starting my MBA!

What’s a favourite memory you have from your extracurriculars?

Going on the Cambodia Service Trip this summer! It was amazing to see our fundraising efforts in action and be able to actually go to the village and meet the people we are helping. It was an incredibly humbling experience to see the reality of our world and make a difference on a global scale.

What’s a life-saving life hack you love?

Have a planner and prioritize!! It will help end procrastination habits…

Please do that English assignment that is due on Monday before you go out with your friends on the weekend. You will thank yourself for it. Most likely you won’t be able to get in done to the best of your ability on Sunday night.

Two things most people don’t know about you?

1. I can’t function without at least 8 hours of sleep.
2. I spend way to much of my paycheck on concerts and coffee.

Want to send a shoutout to anybody while you’re here?

I want to give the BIGGEST shout out to Jenn! She is the coordinator of the Guelph Youth Council and she is amazing! She has set me up with so many amazing opportunities such as shadowing Guelph’s mayor, helping host Guelph’s youth radio show and TedxYouth, various leadership conferences, and much much more! Ever since I joined the Youth Council in grade 10, she has always been supportive of my ambitions and believed in me as an individual. She one of the the kindest and most caring people I know, and I aspire to be at least half the person she is when I start my career!

P.S. If you’d like to be nominated for Student of the Week, please sign up to CampusRankings and drop us a line — our mission is to recognize young people doing great things in their school, community, or otherwise.
Dana Iskoldski

Dana Iskoldski

Dana Iskoldski is the Editor-At-Large at Student Life Network. Also CGP (Chief Guinea Pig) in her search for brilliant career advice.