Where are you now?
I am a senior at Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong. In the fall, I will attend university to study political science. After that, I plan to pursue a law degree.
How, if at all, did Empire help you get there?
I come from a debate and Model United Nations background, so mock trial came out of the blue for me. My friends and I formed a team for the Hong Kong Mock Trial championships and surprisingly qualified for Empire New York. Empire was tougher than any competition I had previously partaken in. What really stuck out for me was that even though the calibre was high, everyone was there for the love of mock trial so they were ready to help out and answer questions. I learned so much from observing the other teams and talking to them about their mock trial organizations at home. The positive environment and healthy competition afforded my teammates and I of the opportunity to improve so much. Empire taught me about being a courteous competitor and improved my confidence in public speaking.
What is your favorite Empire moment?
I most enjoyed being able to talk to the judges after each round. At Empire, the judges come from all different backgrounds, so it really helped solidify my dream of becoming a lawyer. I had the opportunity to talk to a refugee lawyer, a taxi lawyer, a child protection services lawyer, and some corporate lawyers. This was invaluable because their tips and advice about university really aided me in deciding where I’d like to apply for school.
How would you describe it to someone that has never been?
I would describe Empire as a welcoming environment that pushes you to your limits. You get to meet people from around the world while doing something you love. Everything, from the opening speakers to the venues, is meticulously planned, making it one of the most fulfilling competitions I have participated in.