Monthly Archives: March 2014

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New Oasis Student Blogger: Living with a host family

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New Oasis student blogger Xiaoou Chen

Hello again everybody! I am so happy to write for my second post.

Previously, I have introduced myself and described a vague picture of the high school system in the United States. I hope that information is helpful to you.

This time I want give you some suggestions about how to get along with host families, and at the same time reserve your right for being who you are.

To begin with, before we step into American school, the first thing is to find a suitable host family. The common notion, as you thought, for “family” must be: a harmonious community. However, there is inexhaustible effort behind the harmony of every good community.

I need to point out that host families, as individuals who decide to have one or several foreign students, are not seeking to gain money or simply want to make their house be a hotel. With distinct backgrounds, their reasons vary. Some may hope that the students who come to their home can be good role models for their kids, as well as act as an intermediary bringing diversity into their home. Most of the American families, as I have known, may have a blur of understanding of Chinese culture, either right or not, in some degree through their research or life experience, but as it is not usually the case for them to automatically accept how you are going to behave as a new member in their house. Thus you need to spare time to communicate with them. You need to remember communication is not a one-way-message delivery or requirement , but a mutual connection,like negotiation. What you request and expect may not be the satisfactory outcome to you, but there is still space for you to adjust and improve the way you convey information and make further understandings. Try to be smart and open to discover your host families’ characteristics.

Many times, you have to step out of your comfort zone to achieve the harmony within families. You still need to remember that you reserve all the rights of being a human and for who you are, though from time to time you have to alter for the families. When you realize your host family starts to get tired of your behavior, which seems imprudent to them, but necessary for who you are, there are two options for you: either take action as soon as possible to improve yourself in their aspect, or take your courage to speak with your area-coordinators about host family options(because once again different host families vary in background, what they value might not be what you think as the soundness of life or a proper way toward success. Believe who you are, and do not hesitate or be afraid to voice your opinions and speak up about your preferences.. What way you choose is your right, BUT before doing either of the options, please RETROSPECT both you and the family for what is the origin of the conflict. Do NOT push all the responsibilities to your host families, in that it is a way for you, living by yourselves thousands of miles from home, to grow and become more mature.

Still there is a lot of ways for you to discover about how to live in a harmonious life with American families. I would like to hear about your opinions and experience. Please leave a comment, if you want, and also feel free to ask me questions; I will try my best to respond.

– Xiaoou Chen


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China Trip Recap Through Photos

Earlier this month, trip participants arrived home after a 15 day tour of China, a trip sponsored by New Oasis International Education to help its partner schools understand and experience the Chinese education system. Below is a photo recap of the 2014 New Oasis partner school trip to China.

Visit to Qingcheng Mountain and Dujiangyan

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Visit to Chengdu Shishitianfu School and Panda Breeding Base

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Visit to Chengdu Schools

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Chengdu Fair

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Shenzen Fair and Visit to Hong Kong

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Visit to the Great Wall

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Press Release: Gaston Day School Students Participate in National Math Competition

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Students Place Above the Top 25% Nationally

Gastonia, NC – March 12, 2014 – Three New Oasis International Education students attending Gaston Day School – Doris Chen (grade 10), Lilith Tang (grade 9), and Grace Wang (grade 10) – participated in the 15th Annual American Mathematics Contest 10 on February 19, 2014. The students competed for local, regional, and national student and school awards. All three students scored above the top 25% nationally, while Wang, the overall winner from Gaston Day School, scored above the top 10%.

According to Prof. Steven Dunbar, who serves as Director of the American Mathematics Competitions, the AMC 12 (first offered in 1950), and the AMC 10 (first offered in 2000), are part of a series of contests sponsored each year by The Mathematical Association of America, through their program, the American Mathematics Competition. The AMC offers the only math competition series in the country leading to the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO), the United States of America Junior Mathematical Olympiad (USAJMO) and the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program (MOSP). From this group of students, the AMC sends the highly competitive USA Team to the prestigious annual International Mathematical Olympiad.

The high school mathematics contest is given in participating schools. Its purpose is to spur interest in mathematics and develop talent through the excitement of friendly competition at problem solving in a timed format. In 2013, over 220,000 students from 4,200 schools participated in the AMC 10 & AMC 12 contest.  More information will be available in the coming weeks regarding this year’s contest, as scoring is still in progress.

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Press Release Submitted by Gaston Day School.