Foreword: At the CAS session on March 23rd, we launched two-week-long activities themed career exploration. Meanwhile, homeroom teachers provided further instructions at P&B sessions. The series of activities for this week named "self-exploration" and next week named "career exploration" activities aim to combine students' interests, hobbies, individuality, academic specialty with future career development so as to help students better plan for their high school years. On Monday afternoon, all students were divided into 3 groups, namely Pre Grade, Grade 10 and Grade 11 and they attended keynote lectures at the same time.
The lecturers for this room were our 2013 graduate Xue Yuan, who is studying overseas in Australia at the moment, and two of our outstanding 12th graders Jerry Pu and Katherine Li.
Based on his deep understanding, Xue Yuan told those at the meeting that everyone grows up at his or her own pace and what is important is that they must make sure to make progress.
Jerry shared his experience in taking standardized exams, presenting his plans for, timeline of and experience in taking the TOEFL,SAT and AP tests as clearly as what is shown on instruction manuals. Pre-grade students found they benefited a lot from Jerry’s sharing. Katherine Li encouraged Pre-graders to take active part in various extracurricular activities, and make good use of the summer school to find their own hobbies and strengths.
In the current epidemic situation, we hold career exploration sessions in an effort to understand the changing world, to face the unknown as well as to better understand ourselves. Knowing what we can do and what we can’t will help us keep going forward fearlessly. Strengthening what we can do and making up for what we can’t will make ourselves stronger.
We must make ourselves more competitive. Miss Chuman Lin told 10th graders to keep doing well in the subjects they are good at, to hold on to a certain level for the subjects they are not good at, to balance their efforts put to different subjects and to avoid going overboard on one or some subjects.She also reminded them to set a goal for their TOEFL test because their English language competence is very important and they should score at least 90 in the TOEFL test.
Besides, when they are competitive enough in academic performance, what should they do to catch the eyes of admission officers?
What’s important is any activity we are engaged in must be real and long-term. We do what we really like to do not for profit but for pleasure. Moreover, we must persevere in the activity we are engaged in.
Personal soft strength include self-confidence, stress tolerance, time-management ability, and so on. Ms. Chuman inspired students to think about their own abilities and characters and find ways that can help improve those characters.
Principal Chris gave his opinion on how to choose an ideal university and how to balance ourselves between taking standardized tests off campus and doing well at school. He suggested that students choose universities and colleges suitable for them by taking their own individuality, specialty and academic performance into consideration.
Do you prefer large-sized classes or small-sized ones;Do you prefer study at a fast pace or slow pace?... These are the factors we must consider when we choose to apply for a university or college.We must be aware of our own strengths and weaknesses before we can figure out our ideal university or college.
In addition, due to the covid-19 epidemic, standardized tests across the world have been either canceled or delayed, which,however, according to Chris,will serve as a good opportunity for us to review and reinforce what we have learned. We should make effective use of this extra time and try our best to do even better in those standardized tests.
In the meantime, doing well at school and preparing for standardized tests are equally important, especially for 11 graders.
At the end of the CAS session, Principal Chris and Miss Chuman responded actively to the questions students had raised for the time being.They also encouraged students to keep up their efforts to do well in their studies even during the outbreak of the epidemic.
Through career exploration, we are learning to view ourselves and plan for ourselves. Next week’s P&B sessions will be focused on finding the gap between “where you are now”and “where your goal is” and on how to bridge the gap by means of personality test.
What an instructive CAS session it was!For it helped us understand the changing world in a global vision and predict its possible trend in the future!