Liana Lim Hinch

My name is Liana Lim Hinch, I attended SPH in 1996 and graduated in 2001. I went to Wheaton College majored in International Relations and History for my bachelor’s degree and then to John Hopkins University for my master’s. Now, I’m currently working for an international finance corporation and I’ve been part of the World Bank Group, advising the company on corporate governance.

 

What experience have you cherished the most from attending SPH?

The one thing that I cherish most from my experience at SPH is the friendships that I developed. Some of my closest friends are SPH graduates and I’ve graduated almost 20 years ago and they are some of my closest friends until today. I think this friendship is the kind of friendship that I treasure the most because they are not just friends for life but they also friends who can speak truth to me, who can help me whenever I need, and who love me unconditionally, and that’s the one thing that I will cherish forever for my experience in SPH.

Another thing would be the teachers that I had. The teachers who show to me how much they care about their students, about who I am as the person, about my faith, about my character as much as about my academic qualifications. The teachers who are not afraid to speak the truth and to tell you the hard truth about life, about school, but also teach really excellently but also with tough love. They teach with so much love that you know that they care about you and that you can get through the journey, you can go through IB even when that is really hard because the teachers are there and they really care about you. They would make sure that they do whatever is in their power to help you successfully go through it. Even it means having extra sessions on Saturday to make sure that you’re caught up in your materials and everything.

 

In terms of its academics, what do you think about the IB Curriculum & how it shapes you the way you are now?

I was the first IB cohort at SPH and also in Indonesia and it was one of the hardest academic experiences. But we had a small cohort, it was about 20 people at IB class and we worked hard together on Saturdays to do an extra academic session. The teachers were very helpful too. The IB curriculum helped me academically when I attended college. It enabled me to think critically, to ask the right questions, to find the source of information, to filter sources of information and to analyse things. All these skills are skills that you will need for life and to be able to succeed in the workforce.

 

What about Christian education at SPH?

I could see that the teachers didn’t just teach about Christian values and fundamentals but they also live it out in their lives and they demonstrate them when they interact with you. When you ask a hard question about God or Christianity, they help you ask those questions and they will guide you and so that you can own your faith. They don’t teach you that you should go to this church or that church, they teach you the fundamentals, what is Christianity, what Christ did for us, and why we need to proclaim Him that our life is glorifying Him. One of the most important values being taught at SPH is that you live not just for yourselves. They taught you what is the meaning of your life, of the work that you do, of all the accomplishments you have or the failures you have, and to put it simply, how to deal with all really difficult issues in life.

 

What makes a school a good school?

When you are looking for a good school, again, I think the quality of the teachers is one of the most important determining factors. At SPH, they hired some of the most highly qualified teachers. I also encourage you to come to SPH and look for yourselves. Observe the teachers when they are teaching and then talk to the students. Learn about how the teachers deal with the students when they are having a difficult time, how the teachers approach the students both inside and outside the classroom, and all those things. These things may seem more intangible but I think these are more important and more life-changing than the facilities or the academic credentials. The important thing is it’s the teachers who cares about your children that should be the number one priority.