Hu Qidi (LJ, grade 11), a student at ALAIS since 2017, has experienced an immense amount of growth as a student and as a young man, By grade 10, LJ had already scored a 110 on TOEFL and built his confidence to become a strong student leader. As a grade 11 student, he looks back here on his three years at ALAIS.
Why did you decide to attend ALAIS ?
I came to Lee Academy because I believed this school could provide me more opportunities. I did not fit into public schools, so I was looking for a different learning environment that could help me achieve my goals. At ALAIS, I found the learning environment and teaching methods more suitable for me. Small class sizes and individualized education inspired both my learning and my confidence.
Describe how you have grown as a student and young man at ALAIS? What do you think led to this growth ?
When I began, I struggled with my English skills. At ALAIS, my teachers worked with me patiently. Hence, I used every moment to improve my academic performance and confidence. I have grown from an academically average student to a top student in my class and have greatly developed my confidence and leadership abilities. My English is so much better that I am now one of the official student translators for Principal Holt.
What were your goals for the future when you arrived at ALAIS? What are your goals for the future now?
When I arrived at ALAIS, I had very little direction and limited goals. However, the learning environment and American-style teaching have motivated me to be academically successful and inspired me to become a student leader. Now, my goal is to study liberal arts in a top US university.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced at ALAIS ?
The biggest problem for me in the beginning was I did not know how to get along well with my classmates. I was shy and introverted. However, at ALAIS, the caring teachers and the family environment helped me learn how to interact positively with teachers and students.
What is the most significant highlight of your time as a student at ALAIS ?
The biggest highlight was when I gave a speech to 800 people at Fudan University for the 21st Century Shanghai Speech Contest. When I came to ALAIS, I was scared to speak in public. Now I have the confidence in my English and myself to speak even in front of large audiences without any fear. I won first prize in that contest.
What advice would you give to new students at ALAIS ?
As a new student, do not be afraid to take risks and make mistakes. Each mistake is an opportunity to learn and improve. Be courageous.
As LJ’s mother describe his growth, “ALAIS helped my son see how learning can be fun. Learning is not just about high test scores; it is igniting an interest in life-long learning.” At ALAIS, “he has had the courage to pursue what he wanted, to dare to dream, and to dare to act.”