Reactions are like second nature now. No one questions them. The weather influences my mindset. My dinner plans influence my excitement for the day. The nature of my tasks influence my productivity. Everything is dependent on something else that, more often than not, is completely irrelevant. These are examples of what taking OWNership is not.

What does taking OWNership mean anyway?


“To the students who are watching this interview at home, who aspire to build a business for themselves one day, what is your most crucial piece of advice?”

“I believe 16 is the new 18.”

Those were the words of Irune Mar Eguiluz, CEO of Kantunn Limited — a sourcing company that firmly stands amongst the most reputable in Hong Kong’s competitive market. Irune is an expert in the apparel and fashion industry; her expansive network, reaching from Mexico to Hong Kong, has allowed her to flourish under today’s capitalist economy.

Experiential Education Trumps Traditional Homework


Listen to this: According to a 2017 Gallup report, “The ‘school engagement cliff’ poses a challenge for school leaders, with the starkest engagement differences occurring during the middle school years.”

In the report, it was found that Grade 5 students had a 74% engagement rate. However, when you go down the line to grades 6–12, you’ll see a drastic change in the rates. By the time students were in Grade 12, their engagement rate dropped to 34%, which is more than a 50% decline!

What happened? What is with this large divide? While there are numerous factors that can influence…


It’s tough being in school. Whether you’re in high school or college, you’re surrounded by peers, classmates, and upperclassmen who are all studying hard to get a job and somehow make it in the real world. It’s a vicious environment of competition — whether directly or indirectly — where everyone is battling it out for higher grades (or a passing one) and piling your CV with extracurricular activities.

But beyond the straight A’s and teacher recommendations, what else can you do to gain an edge? What other ways are there of pumping your CV up? …


2nd wave covid hit and we turned into a hybrid mode. Here is a group picture with some students offline and online.
2nd wave covid hit and we turned into a hybrid mode. Here is a group picture with some students offline and online.

The 21st century is an era of unprecedented change — of new forms of online communication, of artificial intelligence replacing human labor, and new technologies requiring new skillsets. Despite all this drastic change, education remains more or less the same. We’re in the 21st century and stuck learning 19th century, industrial age skills.

The OWN Academy x Explorium Summer Program delivers a real world experience that fosters 21st century skills — an invaluable opportunity that offers what schools cannot. During these 10 days, students from ages 12–18 become a business consultant for 3 companies — Toys R Us, Circle K…


Have you gone to university? Chances are, if you’re reading this article, then you probably have or are thinking of doing so. It seems like the natural progression after elementary and secondary school. It is the goal, after all, of most secondary school students to beef up their grades and fill in their extra-curriculars in the hopes of getting accepted into a prestigious university.

But does attending university still have value? With the rapid rise of unemployment in the time of a pandemic paired with an over saturation of degree takers, it seems like the once novel idea of going…


In an earlier essay titled, The Problem with Education Today we talk about how today’s education system seems to be lacking when it comes to preparing students for the real (yes, adulting is real) world. If the purpose of education is to prepare students for jobs in the real world (similar to the goal of the hunter and gatherer parents mentioned in a previous essay), then there seems to be a disconnect between this goal and what is being taught in school.

The world has been changing at such an alarming speed in the past few decades that our education…


It’s 2020, and the world is experiencing a pandemic the likes of which have never been experienced before. People are actually encouraged to stay home and refrain from socializing, can you believe it? Goodbye travel, so long random meet ups with friends, and hugging and kissing? Don’t even think about it!

The point is that with countries shutting down their borders, cities on lockdown, and the global economy at risk, everyone is being affected. The education industry is no different. Schools at all levels have closed in an effort to contain the virus, affecting approximately 1.5 …


Okay, we know what you’re thinking. The answer seems pretty obvious. School has come a long way since its humble beginnings during the time of the Ancient Greeks. Now we have iPads and ebooks, Facebook groups and PowerPoint presentations. (Look at us now Ancient Greeks!) It’s undeniable that the world has evolved, immersing everyone in our current technological (hello Instagram and Twitter!) era, and the education system has had no choice but to evolve with the times. But how has the education system evolved? And has it actually evolved for the better?

The History of Education


“What do you think about our education system today?”

This is quite the controversial question: loaded with heated opinions from teachers, students, parents, and multinational education companies.

But no matter what your opinion might be, we all have a nagging sense of discontent with the education system. It’s outdated, it’s boring, it’s inefficient — whatever your complaint might be, the worst part is that no one seems to have a solution, no one’s actually doing anything.

A bit of background about me: my father moves often because of his work — so while I’m still a rising junior in high…

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