佳智的校园生活

2005-9-19 星期一(Monday) 晴
Study in Colorado

More and more people want to study abroad. They may aim at college or graduate school(Master class). Luckily, I have opportunity to come to America for a year of public school.

If you think the school in the America is easier, you may get wrong information. First, English is your second language. Although you have learned it for a long time, you won’t understand the language unless you stay in that environment. Secondly, you learned English for scores. You won’t know how people communicate with each other. If you want to express your opinions, you will feel weak—you can’t find the vocabularies that you need quickly.

Different schools have different systems. In my school, I have 4 classes a day. Each class is 90 minutes. But some schools, they have 7 classes a day, each class is 50 minutes. The timetable of classes is irregular. You won’t have classes in the same room. You have to find your classroom during the break. The thing you must remember: you can not be late for classes. Teachers will be angry with you. And you will get a lower grade in that class if you are late for class many times. The rest time between classes is short. So you need to be familiar with your school

You will have a class called home room. It’s like the master of all classes. Your subject will change as well as your teacher. But your home room teacher will stay with you whole year.

You will have a counselor. You have to go to see your counselor at the first day. Then you can make up your schedules. If you have any problems you can communicate with counselors. They are pleased to help students.

There are many experiment rooms. If you have science class, you will have many opportunities to go there. But you have to write a regular and complete report after you had a fun. The most different from the education I got:: They think activities are important. You can choose not to do your reports. Although you behave yourself during the class very well, Your final grade will not be the highest. And here you will have many opportunities to do team works. That means you have to keep a good relationships with others. By the way, the teachers in Colorado teach the class very fast. Mostly, they will only tell you the major points of a chapter.

The books are thick here. Every subject’s book is like an encyclopedia. So you need to put them in locker unless you are muscular! I think you had better preview before the class. There are many new words to you. You will hardly catch the teachers’ words.

Some students in their countries who’s marks are average or low. Their parents will plan sending them to other country if possible. Such as America. But you are not hard working, although you go to a nice college, you will fail and feel depressed.

You need to get enough credits if you want to graduate on time. Don’t think you can avoid the subject that you don’t like. Every school has rules of graduation: You have to get how many credits on that subject. But you have more choices. There are many different kinds of subject. But you have to begin with the basic skills. It’s like the RPG online game—You must get basic skills then you can learn the higher skills.

About the relationships in school, everybody may have own opinions. Smiling face is the most important element in your relationships. Don’t be shy if you want to talk with others. Don’t afraid your English is not good enough. More conversations will improve your English.
There also have many clubs and activities after school! You can show your abilities! Gold will shine at last.

You may make your life much more adventure. You had better take the harder class. Studying in easy classes will let you comfortable, but you won’t learn any useful things. The thing you will learn is how to be a lazy bone!

Black hairs and yellow skin are your symbols. Almost Americans think Asian students are clever because they learn more. That ‘s our advantage. If you can get high scores in test but you don’t know what’s thought, what’s the world. The high scores lost theirs meaning. The score just reveal how easy you can fix these problems. So you had better learn more different culture.
At first, you need to learn your motherland’s culture. I feel how beautiful Chinese is. I don’t think this feeling can be described.
Next, you have to abandon the opinions of one culture before you try to learn it.
Then, you may try to find out why this culture is strong or weak.
Last, you will find your own way to your destination.

This is my forth week studying in Colorado Springs. This report describes the things I thought here.

文/佳智

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