“My dad has always been there for me, pushing to be better all the way and believing that I really can succeed in all areas throughout life” – Meet Beedie Luminary, Johnson Ngo, currently attending SFU.
What program will you be taking in post-secondary and why does it interest you?
My intended major is the BBA business program with a minor in computer science at SFU. Since I have begun studying computer science at a leisurely and academic level, my concept of binary and logic behind computer science has grown exponentially. Taking academic classes for computer science has shown me alternative logic, both as a computer science major and in life in general, I still have much to learn, but I am positive the logic I have taken away from computer science will stay with me forever. I desire the opportunity to become an entrepreneur in the tech sector which I could excel and achieve my dream of acquiring the expertise to properly equip myself to make valuable contributions to the world. It’s an ambitious goal, and one in which I have great confidence, as I am passionate, focused, and therefore very motivated to accomplish it at SFU.
Tell us a little bit about your background (growing up, going to school, extra-curricular activities, etc.).
Growing up was not the best experience a child would ask for. Despite the love and support I got from my family, we were struggling a lot with finance. My parents have always supported me with the best education even though they were under a lot of stress. They gave me a foundation to learn and grow. They watched me mature as I dedicated the majority of my time volunteering at my community center, This has allowed me to introduce new program ideas, work alongside parks board members to make programs more fun and meaningful for younger children, and help underprivileged families in the community.
Who inspires you, and why?
As cliché as it may sound, my father inspires me the most. My dad has always been there for me, pushing to be better all the way and believing that I really can succeed in all areas throughout life. He is a strong, wise and courageous man who shows me each and every day the value of knowledge and that being the best you can, at the thing you love will make you strive harder to learn. My father has taught me a lot of lessons in life since I was young, but the one that stood out above them all was that of the subject of education. He always told me that if I wanted to ‘stand on the mountain and have the world look at me, instead of me looking at the world’ I would have to go out and make something of myself; he believes that education is one of the most valuable things in life- that and a focused mind. Due to his inspiration I truly believe this too. My father has had a huge impact on the person who I am today; he has influenced my life by showing me the rights and wrongs, the ups and downs but most importantly what the real world is like.
What motivates you, and why?
What motivates me the most is the desire for progression, not only in my own work but in the collective work of humanity. Being able to contribute back to society as you develop doesn’t just give myself the value to progress, but it is also an act of gratitude to society for everything they have done for us.
What are your goals for the upcoming school year?
The goal that I would like to achieve for the upcoming school year is to have a more positive mindset towards my everyday encounters and being able to identify what is the best way for myself to improve and help others around me to improve.
What is one thing you learned in high school that you will take with you to post-secondary?
One thing that I will carry on to post-secondary is being able to push through my boundary, as I reach further to expand and accept any challenges. This allowed me to get out of my comfort zone by taking executive roles in clubs, sports and other extracurricular activities.
What is one piece of advice you’d give to future Luminaries?
It’s okay to not know what you want to do. If you need more time to figure out what you want to do next, you’re not alone and it doesn’t make you any less than your friend who has it “all figured out”.Back To Top