Senior Xiyuan (Serena) Zhao is an international student at Fresno Christian Schools, one of many participants in the AmeriStudent program. AmeriStudent LLC. works with incoming international students to secure a safe homestay and offer support through cultural and educational integration.
As students tour college campuses and apply for scholarships, the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) plays a vital role in determining their admission and readiness for college. Taken as a paper test, the exam is required to apply for colleges. In 2016, the SAT developed a new grading system. In 2018, 2.1 million students took the test, and the average score was 1068 out of 1600. Only 47% of the test scores met the college readiness goal ranges.
The effects of loneliness and lack of confidence either guides a person to seek change or further alienates and isolates the individual or group. Thrust into the fast-paced and challenging reality of high school, I joined the Fresno Christian campus my freshman year, hoping for relationships that would last a lifetime.
Serving others does not mean having to travel on a plane to a third world country. It does not mean having to leave your city and family behind. Serving God and others can be done in any and every neighborhood
Andy Bernard once said, "I wish there was a way to know you're in the good old days, before you've actually left them." From the moment I stepped onto the old elementary campus that no longer exists, to the moment I will step off that auditorium stage with diploma in hand, theres not one memory I wish I could take back. Not one experience I would erase, not one encounter I would forget. Because those moments changed my life. They made me who I am today and who I will become.
Senior reflects on time spent with staff, life lessons learned Journalism adviser Greg Stobbe storms into the eighth grade science class. He shouted out four last names that fateful day: “Schultz, Rurik, Clem and Cross come with me!” Then eighth grader Sam Cross rose from his seat, following him to his lair: The Feather journalism [...]
As I sit to write my thoughts and reflections on high school, I struggle to figure out where to start. I struggle not just with a loss of words, but with an unexpected wave of emotions. To put into writing the effect and experiences of the last four years of my life, specifically in The Feather, is exceedingly difficult, but I will try my best.
Joining The Feather as a sophomore, the last three years have held countless days completing photo assignments, posting on Instagram and writing photo posts. With this chapter of my life coming to a close, I excitedly look forward to what lies ahead of me. I am so thankful for the growth I experienced during my time on The Feather that makes me feel prepared and ready to take on whatever my future holds.
I first joined The Feather Online during my sophomore year of high school for one sole reason: I really wanted to get better at my writing. Today, I have not only gotten better at writing, but I have learned so much more from The Feather.
It seems like only yesterday I walked in Fresno Christian’s convocation for my first day of high school. New faces surrounded me as they introduced their names to ask who I was. Little did I know these people would become my lifelong friends. Before I could even sit down, a whole new world of opportunities awaited me in high school.