30 UNDER 30: Jennifer Liu, student

Lifelong Richmond resident Jennifer Liu is completing her degree at Simon Fraser University.  -
Lifelong Richmond resident Jennifer Liu is completing her degree at Simon Fraser University.
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Age: 19

High School: A.R. MacNeill

The curtains were closed at Gateway Theatre, and a boisterous young audience was waiting.

It was RichCity Idol 2012 and Jennifer Liu had spent many months as lead co-ordinator of the annual high school singing competition created by Natasha Jung and Martin Hui.

For Liu, seeing the curtains part was a big deal. It was the culmination of one of her most rewarding experiences. It gave her a host of new skills, a chance to work with theatre and music industry professionals and an opportunity to meet students from high schools across Richmond she otherwise wouldn’t have known.

A lifelong Richmond resident and former student council president, Liu is now studying communications and business administration at Simon Fraser University, where she’s also involved with the university’s chapter of AIESEC, an international student-run organization that develops global leaders.

Between her studies, she teaches piano at Richmond Music School, something she’s done since 2010.

She’s already exploring career options and thinking about learning a new language and new instrument.

Inspiration? “Every person we meet in our lives shapes our paths in some way, and everyone I’ve met has somehow inspired me to always push myself harder in what I know I can do… I learn about and understand the inspirational stories of those I meet and use them to motivate myself to one day have an amazing story of my own.”

Most proud of? “Nothing can replace that moment when the curtains began to rise at the RichCity Idol 2012 show after months of sweat, persistence, and passion had been poured into it by a team that worked together towards a common goal. I still have the poster from the show that year in my room as a reminder that hard work pays off.”

Advice? “Explore, don’t make excuses, and meet new people... When opportunities come up that intrigue you, just go for it. There are so many excuses we make every day for not going for that next step, and you have no idea what that experience would have been like or how it could have changed you.”

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