Hometown: Shanghai, China
Dorm on campus: Motter
Dream job: Department of Education Minister, Artist, Journalist
How did you hear about Cheshire Academy?
Through an agency in Shanghai. I was looking at rolling admissions schools.
What are some of your extracurricular activities?
Dancing, Drama, Softball
What class or extracurricular activity means the most to you?
Art class means the most to me, because it’s so different to what I experienced in China. In my old school, people didn’t value art. We didn’t have the chance to explore what we wanted; we looked at what other people created, but didn’t get to create art for ourselves. Here, I have so many opportunities to be creative!
How would you describe Cheshire Academy?
I learn a lot from my classmates—they are all really talented, but each have their own unique skills.
What are the people like at Cheshire Academy? Students? Faculty?
The students are warm-hearted, diverse, active and outgoing.
I feel really lucky to be an IB Diploma student, because the faculty are so great--my teachers are also my friends.
How would you describe your classes? What is your favorite class? Does any specific project or lesson stand out in your mind?
I enjoy all of my classes! The IB courses are challenging and require a lot work, but their purpose is to prepare me for college, and I feel prepared.
How have you grown most as a person during your time here?
I have become much more independent—I even do my own laundry! I have also learned how to manage my time, and that studying is not everything—you need a balance in life.
How do you usually spend your weekends at Cheshire Academy?
I study! I actually really enjoy studying because I enjoy what I’m learning here, and the homework is creative.
What is one of your favorite memories from CA so far?
I love playing Softball even though I’m really poor at it! I enjoy being a part of a team, and to experience authentic American activities. The spirit of the team is so wonderful—I had never experienced someone calling my name and cheering for me before. It felt so good!
What has surprised you most about being a student at CA?
American culture is too open! There are many couples on campus--in China we were not allowed to date! Perhaps that is why I am still single. Even though I study in America, I still have a Chinese heart!