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Alumni Sharing 丨 Excellent Alumni Return to CWA校友分享丨“忆往昔,再相聚”优秀校友重返母校

After the graduation, our students travel to different sides of the world; but we are all WESer so we don’t forget each other when we leave, and we will meet again. Helen Li returned to school to meet old friends and share her experiences.

“一朝毕业季,四散天涯时;南北莫相忘,再逢会有期”是2018玮希首届毕业生典礼上一袭长裙的女神学姐李卓雅(Helen Li)发言的结束语。从那时起,学弟学妹们就期待着这位风云学姐在不久的将来带给他们关于大学生活的分享。”

In April, when British Universities have their spring break, we invited Helen the first WESer President, to come home to visit her school family, to return to the school to share her experiences with her schoolmates. In order to satisfy the strong curiosity of the schoolmates, Helen specially commissioned the current WESer’s team to collect the questions and advice that our current students’ most wanted to hear before the sharing meeting, and as always Helen was well prepared in advance. The sharing meeting was arranged at 4 pm on April 16th. The students of WES Academy could not wait to come to the conference room after class. After a while, the venue was packed, and the sharing meeting not only attracted the students of the international high school, but also the seventh and eighth grades, primary and secondary schoolchildren.

Helen’s session was confident and as well thought out as ever. Although it had only been more than seven months since she entered the university, we could clearly feel the growth and transformation of Helen during this period. Helen’s sharing begins with a picture of her day life, you immediately get sense of a person who has grown and blossomed in her new environment, and the essence of a girl who is working hard in the surroundings of Portland stone buildings, parks and boulevards.

四月,时值英国春假,我们邀请到了回家探亲的Helen回校给学弟学妹们做一场分享。为了满足学弟学妹们强烈的好奇心,Helen特别委托WESer的同学在分享会前收集了学弟学妹们最感兴趣的问题和内容,并事先做了充分的准备。分享会被安排在4月16日的下午四点,玮希国际高中项目的同学们下课后迫不及待地来到了会议室,不一会儿会场就座无虚席,分享会不仅吸引了国际高中部的同学们,而且连七、八年级的小学弟和小学妹们也被吸引了过来。

Helen的分享侃侃而来,一如既往的优雅自信。虽然进入大学仅有7个多月,但可以明显感受到Helen学姐在此期间的成长和蜕变。Helen的分享从描绘她一天的生活情景开始,很有画面感和体验感,让人眼前浮现那个在四周环绕着波特兰石建筑、公园和林荫大道中勤奋努力的女孩身影。

Helen described herself as a very “Boring” girl. She got up early every day, but there was a very beautiful park near the school. So she couldn’t resist running around the park before having breakfast at starting lectures. She would attend class and lectures from 9am until 5 or 6pm. After dinner, she would study at the library downstairs. After she finished studying, she would go back to the dormitory to rest. The university had 6 classes per week, 2 hours per class, and most of the rest was self-study. The class was mainly composed of lectures of two or three hundred people. There would also be three instructor classes for 10 people a week to help students learn better.

Helen also stressed that reading was very important! Reading was usually divided into Key Reading and Supplementary Reading or Further Reading. Each class had a lot of books to read, most of the time spent on reading, and the homework was mainly done in the form of essays!

Helen形容自己是一个很“Boring”的女孩。每天很早起来跑步,学校附近有一个很大很漂亮的公园,跑完步吃完早餐后去上课。早上九点上课,一直到下午五六点,晚餐后在宿舍楼下的图书馆学习,学习完就回宿舍休息。而大学每周6门课,每门课2小时,其余大部分时间都是自习。上课以两三百人的讲座为主,每周也会有三节10几人一堂的导师课,以帮助学生更好地学习。

Helen 还强调说:阅读非常重要!阅读通常分为关键阅读(Key Reading)和拓展阅读( Supplementary Reading or Further Reading)。每门课都有许多书要阅读,大多数学习时间都花在阅读上,作业主要是以Essay(小论文)的形式完成。

Except sharing the university’s studies, Helen also introduced to the schoolmates’ tips on life in the UK, such as dorms, diet, common apps, etc. In the UK most students travel by train or bus to the surrounding cities to sightsee. Time could also be spent watching the football at the bar which was a common social way for college students, but Helen who just wanted to study hard had not experienced them yet. These were closely related to the future study abroad life, and the schoolmates were eager to listen.

除了分享大学的学习之外,Helen还给学弟学妹们介绍了在英国生活中的小贴士,比如宿舍,饮食,常用APP等;虽然在英国乘火车或坐大巴去周边的城市看看很方便,或是到酒吧看球是大学生常见的社交方式,但一心只想好好学习的Helen学姐还没来得及去体验。这些与未来留学生活息息相关内容,学弟学妹们是听得津津有味。

The question and answer sessions was the climax of the whole sharing meeting, because it was the most interesting part of the sharing session for our students, and there was a wonderful mix of questions. For example: What was the biggest problem in learning? How should the study time be allocated? Was it important to participate in various school activities? Would I lose hair in the UK? Was there a lot of handsome guys in Britain? Could you talk with them? And so on. This made the atmosphere of the entire sharing meeting easy and enjoyable.

In the end, Helen shared with the schoolmates what kind of preparations should be made before going to the UK to study. For example, it was important to choose a major in advance. You could communicate and discuss with your teachers and parents. You could go to the university website to pre-study according to Key Reading before starting school. You could learn to write Essay skills in advance.

问答环节则是整场分享会的高潮,因为是同学们最感兴趣的问题,所以可谓是五花八门,精彩纷呈。比如:学习上碰到最大的难题是什么?学习时间应该怎么分配?参与学校的各种活动重要吗?在英国会不会脱发?英国有帅哥多吗?是不是可以搭讪?等等,让整个分享会的氛围变得轻松而愉悦。

最后Helen学姐以过来人的身份跟学弟学妹分享了去英国学习前应该做哪些准备工作,例如:提前选择好专业很重要,可以和老师,父母多沟通,讨论;开学之前可以在大学网站上根据Key Reading进行预习;提前学习写Essay的技巧等中肯而重要的建议。

Helen is currently studying at Cardiff Business School in the UK (Cardiff University Business School is ranked 6th in the UK and is in the world’s top 100 business school). Helen was in a public school before High School. She was in the first graduating high school class of WES Academy. We can still remember that she shared at the graduation ceremony that the first year she entered the school, facing a thick English textbook. She was overwhelmed. A textbook may take a long time to read. The mathematics paper was also the most distressing. It was extremely simple to translate into Chinese, but it was very incomprehensible because she couldn’t guess the meaning of the English words.

The three-year study of WES Academy program was no easier than that of public high school students. In order to better grasp the learning content, Helen had developed a good study habit of pre-study and after-school review. The English-language teaching environment made her English level advanced by leaps and bounds. Under the student-centered teaching mode of WES Academy, she had cultivated her good self-learning and time management skills, and the different community activities of school helped foster her good organizational skills.

With three year studies at WES Academy, she was fully prepared for her entry into the university, and she was able to make excellent progress in her studies at university.

Helen目前就读于英国卡迪夫商学院(卡迪夫大学商学院在全英排名第6,为世界百强精英商学院),Helen 是公立学校中考后进入玮希高中部的,也是玮希的第一届高中学生。记得她在毕业典礼上分享说高一刚入学那会儿,面对厚厚的全英文教科书,有些不知所措,一页课本可能就需要花费很长时间才能读懂。数学卷子也是最令人苦恼的,翻译成中文后极其简单的题目,却因猜不透题目中英文单词的意思而显得高深无比。

玮希国际高中项目三年的学习并不比普高的同学轻松容易,为了更好地掌握学习内容,Helen养成了课前预习、课后复习的良好学习习惯,全英文的教学环境让她的英文水平突飞猛进。在玮希国际学校以学生为中心的教学模式下,培养了她良好的自主学习及时间管理能力,而学校多姿多彩的社团活动更培养了她良好的组织领导能力。

在玮希国际高中这三年的学习和收获,为她进入大学做好了充分准备,让她在大学的学习中如鱼得水,游刃有余。

True international education is not as easy option and you cannot escape your studies, but it will take you to a new world which is rich, diverse and exciting. So with a CWA education you can reach any place in the world. Entering university is not the end, but the beginning of a more enriching life.

Helen’s example should full us with confidence in the future of every WESer, because we firmly believe that we continue to learn, grow and cultivate the common mission of lifelong learners with international vision. May every WESer’s tomorrow be full of miracles and amazing experiences!

真正的国际教育,不是带你逃离或到达某一个地方,而是带你去理解这个丰富,多元,差异化的世界,让你有能力到达世界的任何一个地方。

进入大学不是终点,而是面对更复杂人生的开始。我们对每一位WESer的未来满怀信心,因为我们坚信我们不断学习,不断成长,培养具有国际视野的终身学习者的共同使命,愿每一位WESer的明天充满奇迹和收获!

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