Firefighter, astronaut, movie star - all jobs children often aspire to when they grow up. Time and time again, children cling to these classic occupations glamorized by TV shows and movies. Often enough, the longing for these “dream jobs” result from the perception that these occupations will usher in fame or the feeling of changing the world in young kids’ lives.
Kenneth Hu discusses challenges with social, educational differences between Chinese, American societies Senior Haiyang (Kenneth) Hu is an international student at Fresno Christian Schools and 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 Feather staffer and international [...]
Chinese and American culture and their education differences can make it difficult for international students. From uniforms to goals to teaching strategies and expectations, both students and their hosts need to know the challenges of international study abroad. While some parts of education and learning are the same, I was unprepared for many of the academic adjustments and cultural differences coming from China into the American school system.
Students have the ability to impact their campus, community and country. Over the past year, the world has watched as young activists take charge and address nationwide issues such as climate change, gun control and free speech.
I arrived in America four years ago as an international student with the AmeriStudent homestay agency, spending my high school years in Fresno. I have been learning English and a new culture, including religion, and continue to face issues speaking and understanding English and respecting foreign culture and religion.
“Alone and abroad.” While this term may scare many international students, I still thrive. I thought of life abroad as filled with colors and opportunities, but nobody told me about the difficulty of fitting into American life.
There is a saying in China: “When you get into college, you are free to do whatever you want.” However, there are consequences to every action. And that means completing assignments on time and at a high level before college. China has the world's largest population, four times more than the US has. So the competition in education is also much more competitive. Chinese education is very different than American. In the United States, education and college admissions use a holistic application review process, where US schools are about not only GPA, but also volunteering, social experience and teacher recommendations. Yet colleges in China only care about one thing: test scores.
“Do you want to go to America?” my father asked me as we ended a party we were at and returned home. I always thought going to America was a joke so I answered, “Of course, if you can send me.” While in China, I hadn't taken English lessons seriously and naively thought I did not need them. Plus, I never expected to leave China and Chinese education. When my dad told me I needed to learn English, I thought he must have heard the story of his friend’s children studying abroad at the party and I thought he was 'brainwashed' by them. He wasn’t.
Life never gives everything that you want because the journey is often full of obstacles. But we can embrace it with a positive mindset and enjoy the ride. Be grateful for what you have and be optimistic toward difficulties.
At fourteen years old, my parents surprised me with a conversation about studying abroad. My first reaction was excitement, but I really felt terrified and desperate. Without knowing the gravity of the experience I was about to face, I agreed to their idea. I noticed my parents weren't comfortable enough talking about this around me, but by hearing their tone of voice I could tell they were nervous and indecisive.