#28 The Past

Dear Lee Woo Singers,


It feels like only yesterday that the academic year started, but it is already June. For some of us, that means your college career is over! For others, classes are over, grades are assigned and received, and you may be on vacation, doing an internship, or planning for the next school year.  I hope you learned a lot during the last few months and enjoyed your time both on and off campus.  This post is about something we do not often give much thought, but is a common thread among all of us; our past.


Our past

We are all shaped by our past.  The language you speak.  Your family traditions.  Whether you play a musical instrument or like a particular sport.  Even your views on money, politics, or religion are all shaped by how you were brought up.  Maybe you grew up in a nurturing environment and your parents, extended family, and friends provided you with joy and positive values.  Alternatively, your family might have been unstable or your circumstances difficult.


Whatever the case, we can use the past to help us prepare for the future.  If your grades last term are not as good as you had hoped, learn how to manage your time better or study more effectively.  If you have unhealthy habits, change them (or seek help to change if you don’t know how).  Maybe you need healthier boundaries with your friends or families.  And if things went as well as you had hoped, then keep up the momentum.


My 6th grade teacher told us a saying that has helped me overcome difficult situations ever since: “Today is the first day of the rest of your life”.  While the past shapes who we are today, we do not have to let it define how we will be going forward.  Be the best you that you can be!


Best regards,

Jeff Ng, PhD, CPA

Associate Professor, School of Accountancy

Dean of Students, Lee Woo Sing College

The Chinese University of Hong Kong