By Devin Moss, JCamp Live Reporter
Frank Chen was born in Beijing, where cars and people crowd the streets. Now his home is Fremont, Calif. When Chen was 9 years old, his dad moved the family to Canada, then south to the United States. Today, Chen is a senior at Mission San Jose High School.
Chen answered a few questions about his life and view of the world.
Q: What is one thing about you that would shock people?
A: Contrary to belief that a lot of Asian Americans play piano, I do classical guitar and I’ve done it for about four years now. I was just really fascinated by my guitar teacher, Steve Lin, and I wanted to continue that.
Q: How did your experiences of living in Beijing and Vancouver influence you?
A: Living in three different countries before graduating high school made me realize that the world is full of big places with different people. It taught me not to be close-minded, that there are a lot of opportunities in this world and that there is nothing you can’t do. The world is a huge place. Don’t lose hope, you can go anywhere and do anything as long as you work.
Q: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
A: I plan to continue into graduate school in business or journalism. I think I want to be someone … that makes life easier for everyone on this planet. It comes down to individuals of a nation to make a nation great.
Q: What has been your best journalism experience?
A: Visiting the San Jose Mercury News headquarters and observing the process. We went from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. We observed pitches, board meetings, people editing work, collaborating among workers and where the actual work gets printed. It opened my mind to how this whole process worked.
Q: If you could solve any issue in the world what would it be?
A: There are a lot of things I want to solve, but one thing that’s important to me right now is opening the minds of teens. Opening their minds to personal planning and skills needed to maintain a more stable mentality. They don’t realize the importance of planning ahead and thinking about what they want to be when they grow up. We need personal planning classes, how to make goals and how to help themselves out when they’re stressed.