Hello everybody! I am Xiaoou Chen, and I am from Anhui, China. My English name is Owen, which is thought to match with the last syllable of my Chinese name and make it easy for people to remember. I am really glad to have the opportunity to start with my first blog post today. Currently, I am a junior (11th grade) at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School, a harmonious community, in North Carolina, which is actually the state where Wright Brother’s first plane in the world took off.
I have a great variety of interests; basketball, music, and art are important components of my life; of course study has always taken a priority, as it is necessary to prepare for my promising future. Regarding my favorite subject at school, math will always be on the top of my list, because not only do I have a great passion in this field, but I also have a great mentor, Mr. Kist who has a MBA degree from Chicago University.
To be frank, I have been asked by so many people, Americans and even Chinese, so many times about the reason why I came to America instead of staying in China. The answer like what most people might think has almost become a fixed formula – that I want to receive the most advanced education of the world, enjoy the freedom, and gain a competitive edge in the future. Seldom do I change the response; however, with the time I spent here in America, gradually I realize the reasons behind those “seeming” compliments.
One thing we should remember all the time wherever we go, never could your hard work do harm to you, because that is your root, that is all you can do to get accustomed to a brand new culture all by yourself. Let me put in this way, the American education system pays a great attention to the consistency and persistency of a student’s hard work. Many people have a blind spot that they think American school is way easier than that of China, which, they think, means people do not have to try to work as hard as they need in China; on the contrary, if a student anchoring his objectives, who wants to be distinguished, has to contribute even more efforts to achieve his success.
In school, all your performances-participation, homework, quiz, test, exam, and community service-will seriously take into account, and they are also going to be directly reflected in terms of number, your grades. Different teachers may have different standards, but always reflecting your abilities and academic skill in the form of score averaged from your overall performance within classes, and a straight “A” student is usually not as easy as you thought to be, confronting various tasks, preparing for high frequent quizzes and tests, which are much more frequent than those in China, and coping with culturally based disadvantage of study, such as Theology.
At this point you might get a vague picture of American education system, which shows the main merits of their education system. I am sure some of you may be surprised, and the big picture you thought before might have a great contradiction from what I described previously.
This is only one aspect of American high school student’s life. I am just trying to be unbiased and be honest with you about what I have learned and realized, and what you might be most concerned about.
Besides school, which might be tough for you, there are still numbers of interesting elements within the life as an international student here. Hosts of new cultural experiences are waiting for you to explore.
I will bring more information about my life in U.S. in the following posts, and I am more than willing to hear from you about what you guys prefer to learn about. I will pay my most effort to share my real experience with you.
Please feel free to leave a comment to me in the comments section, and I will try my best to respond.