Will Song is an exceptional student. He is a senior at Taos High School. He has high grades and will graduate in 2018. He was recently notified that he has been accepted to Stanford University with a full scholarship.
Will was born in Tianjin, China, but moved to the United States when he was 6 years old. His father moved to the United States when he was only a year old. Now, Will is 18 years old and has lived most of his life in the United States. He began his studies at Enos Garcia Elementary in the dual language program to learn Spanish, went to Taos Middle School, and now studies at Taos High. He is trilingual, fluent in English, Chinese and Spanish.
Although Will has lived most of his life in the United States, he is part of a rich Chinese culture in his household. His mother is the owner of a Chinese restaurant named Song's Asian Restaurant, where Will used to work, but he had to stop working because he wanted to concentrate on his academics. Since he has focused on his academics, he has reached levels above and beyond.
Will is currently the top of his class, he takes advanced math classes at both UNM Taos and Stanford and is constantly working to be the best. He said that math is his favorite thing to do.
"My favorite language is the language of math because it is universal and logical," Will said. Will doesn't only like school math, he also likes doing math outside of school. "My favorite hobby, while I'm passing time, is doing math problems and folding origami."
Will has a great passion for math and wants to go into cybernetics when he goes to university. He said, "I want to make a world with advanced technological systems and biological technology."
Even though he has great goals for the future, he understands that they don't happen in a day. When I asked him where he thought he would be in five years, he said he would continue studying at the university. Will is ready to make a future in math and engineering for himself.
Even though Will's passion for mathematics is obvious with everything he has done so far, Will finds his motivation from his mother. He says: "My mother's willpower is the core of my drive."
Watching his mother go through hardship and overcome difficulties has given him a sense of willpower. Will uses the drive of his mother to make a better life for the both of them. "The drive from my mother will be my future."
Will never wants to forget what his mother did for him. When he graduates from college, he wants to find a job and help his mom.
The Spanish version of this story is here.