Which living person do you most admire, and why?
My father, because he is very focused at what he does all the time.
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you were growing up? What do you want to be now?
I wanted to become professional soccer player, now I want to work in an international company to improve my language skills.
How do you relax?
I usually like to watch Japanese comedy and drama when stressed.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
When I almost got expelled from school because I didn’t go to school, I lied to them. I just pretended to go to school, but I actually didn’t go. So when my homeroom teacher found out, she said she couldn’t keep me in her class anymore, she wanted to expel me. That was two years ago; therefore I had to restart from grade 10 again two years ago. From that moment I started to study hard and my grades have improved a lot since then.
Which book changed your life?
I don’t read books very often, but one Japanese book, Birigyaru (ビリギャル), has changed my life. This is a story about a girl who is not good at studying, and always the last one of the class. She never studied in her life. One day she met the teacher in an academy, and the teacher told her that he would teach her and after a year he will help her to get into the 3rd best university in Japan. At last she made it. When I almost got expelled from school, I read this book. The book taught me to never give up hope.
When did you last cry, and why?
My friend’s graduation ceremony. Because it was awesome.
What is your most treasured possession?
My most treasured possessions are my clothes. I wear Givenchy, Thom Browne, Marcelo Burlon, Saint Laurent Paris, Christian Louboutin, Kenzo, Vatements, Versace, and Off White.
Who would play you in the film of your life?
Kasumi Arimura from Birigyaru ビリギャル
If you could edit your past, what would you change?
I would change nothing.
What advice would you give other students at your school?
Study hard and you will be all good.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you so far?
If I never ever work hard, I’ll be garbage.
What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Where would you most like to be right now?
What trait do you most dislike in others?
What trait do you most dislike in yourself?
What is your favorite word?
What is your least favorite word?
What is your greatest achievement?
I haven’t achieved it yet.
What is your greatest fear?
Not getting into university. This article originally appeared on page 38 of the of beijingkids magazine. Click here for your free online copy. To find out how you can obtain a hard copy, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHOTOS: COURTESY OF NATSUKI H.