英語課可以算是最讓我緊張的課了，我們不僅要在很短的時間內讀完厚厚的一整本書、記錄讀書筆記、準備讀書成果測試，還要自己搜集資料、圍繞課題完成論文。我們的第一個論文大課題是埃博拉病毒，在完成研究論文之前我們必須要完成閱讀《高危地帶》（the Hot Zone），這是一本關于埃博拉病毒的起源和研究的科學著作，在這本書里面作者Preston Richard 細述了埃博拉病毒的傳播、危害和研究歷程，這也是我所讀的第一本純學術性的書。為了帶動我們更好地學習，老師甚至還打扮成醫生的模樣給我們上課、一起做實驗、討論。可是有時閱讀量還是讓我感到有點吃力，很怕自己完成不了閱讀任務而耽誤了整個小組的討論進度。但在老師Mrs. Anderson的幫助下我漸漸掌握了閱讀技巧、抓住了核心內容也全面了解了作者的寫作風格，最終完成了課題。當時我以為我的留美生活就會被埋沒在一大堆讀不完的書中，現在回過頭來我才發現這個課題的完成是我在英語學習路上的一個重大突破。我特別感激當時Mrs. Anderson對我的鼓勵，她說：“我知道這堂課的任務對你來說是很有難度的，但是我相信你很聰明，可以讓我像要求美國學生一樣要求你。”在她的鼓勵和嚴格要求下，我先后讀完了The Winter Walk、《追風箏的人》、Code Talker、Victim Proof和The Night Trilogy，并對我們正在進行的關于二戰期間猶太人的大屠殺的課題有了信心。對于我來說，這是一次特別寶貴的經歷和機會，因為之前在中國都沒有那么多時間來讀書，在體會名著的同時我也鍛煉了我的英語閱讀和寫作能力，可謂是一舉兩得。
課后我加入了Channel Light Newspaper Club 和DDF（Drama, Debate and Forensics）。在Channel Light Newspaper Club 里，我第一次當小記者采訪來校日本交換生和校隊的摔跤選手，從采訪、交流、記錄到寫稿，全部都由自己完成。剛開始我還特別緊張和不安，但在嘗試多次與同學和老師交流后，我漸漸掌握與人交談的技巧。在老師的耐心指導下，我也積累了不少寫英文報導的經驗。提起我在MEHS 里最開心的時光，這非DDF莫屬了。在DDF里，我第一次嘗試和好友Breezi排練雙人表演、與Jaymes Kelly準備啞劇，還準備了關于中國筷文化的演講。到現在為止，我已去了Haines、Wrangell、Ketchikan 等地參加比賽，并即將代表學校參加阿拉斯加州的決賽。我的關于中國筷文化的演講受到一致好評，評委和同學們似乎都對筷子很感興趣，在Ketchikan比賽時我的演講還作為模范展示給所有人看呢。這讓我既興奮又緊張，看著臺下的老師和同學們饒有興趣地學習著中國文化，我也為我是一名中國交換生而感到自豪。我很珍惜每次活動的機會，同時我也很感謝老師們給予我的肯定和支持。
總之，我很喜歡Mt. Edgecumbe高中帶給我的感覺——既忙碌又不乏快樂的新鮮感。這將會成為我一生中最寶貴的經歷之一。期待我之后七個多月的學習生活會更加精彩! 真的很感謝云大附中和MEHS給我這次機會。Go braves!
Time is slipping away without even being noticed! I can’t believe I’ve already been here at Mt. Edgecumbe High School for a semester.
My first impression of MEHS — friendliness and enthusiasm surrounds me the first day I came here, which totally drove away all my concerns and worries.
I really appreciate that I can select courses freely here. With the help of teachers, I finally chose Music1, content reading, chemistry and English1 in the first semester.
In chemistry classes, Mr. Mahoney usually gave each student a study guide and let us do experiments, record results, discuss and summarize as a group, which was very impressive and different from my chemistry classes in China. While cooperating with my group members, not only did we witness every slight change in the reactants, but, most essentially, we also built close friendships during the cooperation. I still remembered that time when I debated with my partner because of the different densities of hydrochloric acid and when we had chocolates and cookies as desserts while studying the Avogadro’s law.
However, my life here hasn’t always been easy. For me, my English class with Mrs. Anderson was the most intense class here, for in this class, in order to get a promising grade we need to finish reading a book, taking notes and writing an essay about a project in a month. I read a scientific book named The Hot Zone written byPreston Richard for my first research project which was about the discovery, researches and destructibility of Ebola virus. One absorbing thing was that Mrs. Anderson even dressed up as a doctor to teach us. Albeit my English class was a great fun, sometimes I found the onerous reading tasks still made me stressed out. I was always worried I couldn’t finish the chapters on time and I might pull myself behind in my group. It was with the help of Mrs. Anderson that I gradually mastered the skills of reading English literature, knew how to find the main idea and was familiar with the writing style of the author. At that time I thought it was the hardest time when I struggled most with English, but looking back it was one of the most amazing times I had in this first semester and that led to a great leap in my English study. I’m so thankful for the encouragement from my teacher. She said that she knew this was hard for me, as a foreign exchange student, but she still trusted me that I could do it, because she knew I was smart and I could handle the same things Americans felt hard to handle. Powered by her words and strict requirements, I’ve already finished reading The Winter Walk, Victim Proof, Code Talker, The Kite Runner and The Night Trilogy in one semester and writing an essay about the Ebola virus and an essay about the Holocaust during World War 2. ?As for me, my experience here at MEHS was very precious, thus I surely need to cherish every opportunity to learn, read and have fun. While enjoying those undeniable masterpieces, I largely improved my English skills and broadened my perspective at the same time.
I used to think Music class should be the easiest class I had in this semester, it turned out it’s not. Mr. Coutright taught us how to read music notes and chords but left lots of time for us to learn by ourselves to perform in class in order to get credits. Everyone around me seemed pretty comfortable with this teaching method, so I can’t give up. Eventually I learned the guitar, the drum set and the flute, and I had great fun in class.
Besides classes, I joined Channel Light Newspaper Club and DDF (Drama, Debate and Forensics).? In Channel Light Newspaper Club, I interviewed the Japanese students and wrestlers, took photos and wrote reports about them. I was so confused at first, but owing to my teacher’s instruction and my effort, I gradually handled communication skills and learned how to write a report. My experience in DDF is considered a most amazing time I had in MEHS. I had a duet with my best friend Breezi, made a speech about the culture of Chinese chopsticks and a performed a pantomime with Jaymes Kelly. Up till now, I’ve been to the cities of Haines, Wrangell and Ketchikan for my DDF travel, and I’m going to the state contest representing our school. Worth mentioning also, I got a ‘commence’ (perform one more time to every judge and student) of my speech in Ketchikan; it turned out everyone enjoyed Chinese culture a lot, which really made me excited and nervous at the same time. I’m so proud of myself of being an exchange student in MEHS, and I cherished every opportunity here, meanwhile I was truly thankful of the instructions, encouragements and comments from my teachers.
Although I wasn’t able to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with my family this time, I gave a presentation in the Chinese class to introduce the Chinese festival, teach them how to speak Chinese and share with them the moon cakes I brought from China. That day, nearly every student I met smiled and said’ Happy Mid-Autumn Day’ to me, which really warmed my heart.
In general, I enjoyed my life here a lot, and I really appreciated that my school and MEHS gave me this precious opportunity to be here. I’m also looking forward to my next seven months. Should be more splendid! Go braves!