Ethan Zhao, January 2024, Intern

Ethan Zhao

Winter ’23 Intern

Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of The Arts

Class of 2026

Who inspires you to be the person you are today?

My parents continue to inspire me even today. My dad instilled the spirit of entrepreneurship when I was just a little kid, and taught me valuable business skills, letting me help him at work and teaching me the value of a dollar. My mom, on the other hand, taught me how to be responsible and hard-working. They have shown me that through good and bad times in life, if you put in the effort you can eventually achieve anything you dream of, whether it may be starting a business or raising a family, my parents went against all odds and achieved these. Their dedication to our family inspires me to work hard in the hopes of one day surpassing them and being even better off for me and my family.

Where would you spend all your time if you could?

I would want to spend all my time in Japan. Japanese people are very hospitable and friendly, and their food is extraordinary so I would never grow sick of dining Japanese cuisine. Japan is also into the future with bullet trains and super toilets, so living there would be comfortable. Also, I like anime, and that’s got to count for something right? I just think Japan would be a relaxing place to spend the rest of my life in.

What is the one thing people misunderstand about you?

People assume I am a very extroverted person because of the loud and aggressive way I speak to my friends, but outside of people I know, I am actually a quiet person who will keep to himself.

What would you do if you knew you were going to die in one hour?

If I was going to die in one hour, honestly I probably would be in shock for half of it. Once I thoroughly slap myself, I would probably just try to calm down as much as anyone can before dying and maybe just sit in a quiet place, a mountaintop or the beach, and just sit. Hopefully the hour would end painlessly.

Besides necessities, what is the one thing you cannot live one day without?

I cannot live without my computer. It’s weird to say but at this point, my computer is just a part of me, and I do everything on it. From work to gaming to face timing, I use my computer a lot and I can’t imagine living without it.

If you could make one rule that everyone had to follow, what rule would you make?

If I could create any rule everybody had to follow, I would just want everyone to mutually respect each other. Frankly, the world would be a much better place if people just used common sense and looked eye to eye with one another.

What do you want to be remembered for?

I hope I will be remembered for the passion I exhibited for my interests and my love for my family and friends…and maybe my dashingly good looks.

How has HIM affected your life so far?

I’m new so I haven’t attended any events yet, but already thanks to the leadership program HIM has, I have been able to learn valuable skills in real time. For example, I work in other non-profits, so the skills that I learn here help me build my expertise so that I can eventually join leadership both here and in other places. Also thanks to its frequent events, I’ve been able to help out at marathons, races, and other events, as well as show support to impactful causes. HIM has opened my mind to the world of volunteering and I could not have imagined servicing the community in a better way without it.

What do you think of HIM Internship Program?

The HIM Internship Program is wonderfully managed and very efficient. Even now, I am still amazed that students would be willing to teach and attend lessons at night, even on school days. It feels like a real corporate training or professional program and the valuable skills, like learning business applications such as Wix, or navigating Google Spreadsheets, make this program memorable lifelong in work, business, or just generally. I know that I will use what I have learned in the Internship program in the future, and for that, I feel more confident in future endeavors.