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“THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX” --- experience sharing from graduated students of 2017
2018-01-03

[SCIE web news, In the afternoon of Dec 23, the auditorium came alive again during the ‘lonely’ Christmas holiday, filling with parents and students who participated a special event – experience sharing from graduated students of 2017.

 

There were three lines of text under an open wood box:“THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX”showing on the screen. “THINK OUSTIDE THE BOX”, which was getting popular recently, became today’s topic! 

Before the event started, 9 alumni were busy doing some preparation on and off the stage. The way they talked and laughed was so relax and jovial, as if they just came home and never left before.

 

Although the stage in auditorium was small, but it was still the same place where the alumni expressed themselves, the feeling was still strong and familiar. 

At 14:30, the auditorium was filled to capacity, and the event started on time. Nine alumni came on the stage together. 

There were nine alumni who came to share their experiences with over 400 students and parents: Tommy Wei (California Berkeley University), Peter Fu (California Los Angeles University), Karen Zheng (Hamilton College), Neil Qiao (California Berkeley), William Song (Oxford University), Eric Zhang (London School of Economics and Political Science), Kelly Chen (University College London), Mark Liu (Imperial College London) and Danny Li (The University of Hongkong).

 

 “Peter joined this event in this morning, while William just came across to participate in the afternoon, so we have 9 alumni to share their experiences not 7 in our original plan.” said by Tiantian’s mum.  

They shared their own experiences on both high school and 6-month university life: how to find the major that you’re really interested in? How to choose a university/major? How to arrange your time for the university application? 

What it looks like when you lived abroad, and how to adjust yourself? And there’s more information about their universities, the cities they lived, and some suggestions for learning.

 

They created an atmosphere of joy and humor in the whole event, achieving applauses and support from the parents by their satisfying experience-sharing. And the atmosphere became more heated when it came to the Q&A session. Although the parents’ questions were very sharp, they were so confident and could answer them with ease. 

As scheduled, the event should be finished at 16:30, but in fact, it was not until 17:45 that it came to an end. Over 3 hours! It was such a fruitful event that no one wanted to leave for a second. 

When the event was finished, some parents and students chose to stay and had a chance to discuss with the alumni, and it was not until 18:20 that they started to leave. 

Although the nine alumni were quite different and had their own experiences, what they expressed had something in common: brightness and confidence, which impressed the parents most. It was one of the most valuable soft power which kids can cultivate in a liberal environment. 

After the event, 9 alumni came back on the stage and answered parents’ questions patiently. William, who was ‘unfortunate’ to be seen and caught to join this event, did not leave early as he could, but stayed till the very end. 

Although this event was organized by the Parent Association(PA), PA members let these 9 kids who were just home conduct it freely with their own ideas: how to prepare and perform, was all up to them. What they brought to this event was their excellent experience-sharing and great performance, which were greeted with bursts of applause, laughter and admiration from all the audience. 

Although Alison(our deputy Principal) couldn’t be here with us, she was always thinking about this event, and even came to school a day earlier to make some arrangements. On the day of the event, she kept sending messages and wished to know how everything was going: ‘Are there many people?’, ‘Do they provide enough bottles of water?’, ‘Is there anyone standing on the corridor? It feels great if the auditorium was full of audiences.’, ‘Please take more photos, and write an article about this event to promote such a good tradition of SCIE’. She knew the kids very well, and when she looked at the photos which we sent to her, she laughed and said, ‘Haha, they’re all gaining weight now.’  

 

 A series of thoughts from parents after this event:(extract)

 

Tiantian’s mum: they were very confident on the stage, sharing their own precious experience, attracting everyone’s attention as no one wanted to leave. It has been a long time since I had such an exciting sharing session, and I was so impressed by their independent thinking about their dreams, careers, love and money, etc. I was so proud of them! And as a parent, we should always support them and let them to grow and develop by their own means.

 

Hongzhi mum: I finally understood, SCIE was not only a school for students to study, but also a place where kids can learn how to improve their independent thinking and determination, to control their own lives.

 

The success of this event set up a new model to this admirable tradition of SCIE – inheritance of sharing, we believe it can go down generation by generation, as it feels like a sunshine, through the clouds, filling into the auditorium, brighten a part of our junior students’ road.  

On behalf of all PA members, we hereby express our thanks: to the nine alumni for their selfless devotion of experience sharing; to Tiantian’s mum for her effort of recruiting alumni; to the parents and students for their coming; to school for supporting and promoting this event; to ourselves for our planning and organizing! Let’s look forward to our next event of alumni-sharing!

 

(Report/The 7th Parents Association)

 

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