<CAIS DP Graduates of 2017 Interview IV>Kevin Shi

2017-05-10 CAIS长春美国国际学校 CAIS长春美国国际学校

Shi Kairen has been a student at CAIS for 6 years and has received many offers from different universities, including Emerson College (their college of Film & Television ranks in the top 10 in the world); Pratt Institute, which provides an annual scholarship of $18,000; and Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), which provides a scholarship of $9,000 for him every year. Kevin is quiet, modest, and courteous. When it comes to his passion in photography, we can see something brilliant shining in his eyes.

The following parts are the interview series of Kevin.

Kevin, currently you have received many university offers and all of those universities have great strengths in art professions. So which one do you prefer?

I want to major in photography, film & T.V. Emerson is definitely my first choice.

We can often find your work being exhibited, in them we can see your artistry. When did you become interested in photography?

To be honest, I really appreciate CAIS. When I was in MYP2 and MYP3, each student needed to choose a club to participate in. I did not like sports at that time and I was not interested in such clubs like soccer, basketball, or even dancing. Actually, there was no choice for me so I had to choose photography club. At that time, Mr. Adrian set up a smart phone shoot club and I found the photos I shot were not bad. As a result, I became increasingly interested in it.

Kevin's Work

What type of photos do you like to shoot? And what do you think of photography?

I like wandering around the city, and I capturing urban scenes and figures, stuff like that. Photography is just like a time machine; the emotion and the meaning of that point in time are locked and contained in a photo. Therefore, the great significance of photography is recording, which helps me to focus on real life and emphasize those details in life that are in life that are often overlooked.I like to shoot some photos like documentary. For example, in Guilin Road many people sell cockroach killer , and the advertisement goes like this ‘If the cockroach cannotbe killed, I will be responsible for it’. It reflects the problem of social distrust, and that sort of thing.

Kevin's Work

In your DP life, do you want to give your thanks to anyone special? And what do you want to say to him or her?

Mr.Adrian, he is one of those people to whom I really would like to show my gratitude. I want to tell him, ‘’my dear teacher, thank you for helping me to find something that I will pursue for my whole life. I have realized my value under your guidance, how lucky I am! Thank you! ’’


CAIS is an IB school and IB teaches students to think critically and to enlarge their acquired knowledge. Additionally, IB teaches students to put forward inquiry and negation, then students will make their own conclusion after argumentation. Under this special education mode, have you changed your understanding and attitudes towards the world?

When you define something to be right or wrong by IB critical thinking, you will have your own standard and find the essence. Consider what people believed long ago, there were many stories in science and history, and the heliocentric theory was one of them. People felt contemptuous of it when it was first put forward, but it exactly owed to the critical thinking of these giants who finally developed a great new epoch.

Group photos with Ms. Debbie

DP2 Halloween Day

Therefore, the way I deal with problems has changed. IB tells me that I can be imperfect while I can also be relatively perfect. IB emphasizes balance, which makes us know both our advantages and disadvantages. Compared with the public schools, IB makes great efforts to provide broad regions for all of us and helps us make good choices with great feelings and emotions. Thus the knowledge is not the only thing we have acquired at CAIS and I am very lucky that I have gained my whole-life goal of learning to pursue.

DP2 Group Photo

Kevin has been in CAIS for 6 years. Six years ago, he was a student who could not understand the teacher during class, and always stayed up late to compelete homework. Now he is be able to calmly deal with the challenges by himself. He is gentle and modest, but you can also feel a strong sense of confidence when you see his photo works. IB has changed his mind on understanding of different lives and the whole world, which also inspires him to choose what his future career is. During the interview, he said:” I record real life and show my understanding of the world with my camera. The beauty or ugliness of the world can be revealed by my camera. I will pursue it my whole life and I extremely enjoy it.”

If there is a kind of education that can transfer power, CAIS believes that would be IB education! After finishing the stories from these 6 interviewees, the editor strongly feels that IB changed their lives. They are confident, outgoing, open-minded and modest. The most important is that they keep chasing the IB learner profile to make learning to be a part of themselves, even as an instinct. Just like what CAIS mission statement mentioned, we hope one day, they can be valuable citizens of the world and life-long learners.

CAIS is so proud of you, graduates of 2017! Go!!! 

长 春美国国际学校于2007年6月经国家教育部批准成立,是迄今为止吉林省第一所,也是唯一一所招收3-19岁适龄学生的国际学校。现已成为国内21所同时 通过国际文凭组织大学预科项目(高中部)、中学项目(初中部)和小学项目(小学部)的国际学校之一。国际文凭组织(IBO)高中学历(DP)在全球范围内 被广泛认可,世界3,000多所大学均接受(优先录取)国际文凭(IB)学生,包括哈佛、 剑桥、耶鲁、牛津、北京大学、美国常青藤大学等知名学府。

Changchun American International School is the first and only international school for 3-19 year olds established in the Jilin Province. We are currently one of the 21 IB schools with DP, MYP and PYP accreditation in China. Final approval for the opening of CAIS was granted by the Ministry of Education in June 2007. IB Diploma is widely recognized all over the world and IB students routinely gain admission to more than 3,000 universities, including Harvard, Cambridge, Yale, Oxford, Peking University,and the American Ivy League, etc.



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