this interview, the hero is our student Mark. In September 2011, Mark
entered CAIS after finishing his local primary education and since he
has been a part of CAIS for the past 6 years. He is confident,
optimistic and never admitted defeat. During the interview, you can’t
help but be aware of his faith, spirit and positive energy.
Mark, currently you have already received offers from Syracuse
University and University of Miami, how about your feelings?
I was a little bit upset when I received the offers at first, because
the two universities did not rank as the top universities for which I
applied. However, it is a reality for me, since the two universities
conform to my real capability. The two universities reach excellent
standards in academic aspects and I am so satisfied with the offer now. I
feel a sense of accomplishment because I completed everything all by
myself such as selecting universities and submitting my application,
even attending exams.
Which major do you choose? And what kind of job do you prefer in the future?
major has not been decided yet, for the first two years I plan to seek
the right direction for study and I will confirm my major in the third
year. To be honest, I prefer the direction of business management.
Basketball Team Mark（Left 3rd）
How about your course-selection in DP?
Chinese A SL(Standard Level), English B HL(High Level), Korean B SL, Math SL, Biology HL, Business and Management HL
Travel with classmates Mark（Right 2nd）
have selected Korean in your lesson list, and Ms. Julia said that you
learned Korean hard and got progress fast! Do you have any knack about
never imagined that I could reach B level in learning Korean when I
started to learn it at first. At the beginning, I was just rote
memorizing at home. Later when I entered DP, Ms. Julia helped me a lot.
Meanwhile, I am interested in watching Korean TV programs in the daily
life and then I try to communicate with Korean mates and I get much
improvement through it. In addition, I also want to give my great thanks
to a Korean friend for helping me.
Mark（Right）and Korean Teacher Ms. Julia
You often give some performances at CAIS, did you like performing when you were a little boy?
did not have many hobbies when I was a primary school student, but when
I came to CAIS, I found that I could also perform when I accompanied
with my classmates to practice dancing. I joined them to be a member of
the performance team after that. Gradually, I began to organize students
to give performances and I realized that I was really fond of giving
shows on the stage. Therefore, I developed many interests that I never
had before since I came to CAIS. For example, dancing, singing, skating,
basketball, body building and swimming, etc.
came to CAIS after you finished your whole primary school time and
there must be someone or something making you move during the 6 years at
CAIS, could you please share with us?
think my friends moved me most because we spent 6 years together.
Although we often played tricks on each other, when I needed warmth and
care, they always gave their hands to me and helped me. I still remember
when I was in MYP3, I got encephalitis and I needed to be hospitalized
for 3 weeks then I stayed at home for one week to rest. At that time, my
classmates made a video and they expressed themselves with many words
to encourage me. I was extremely moved when I watched this video.
Moreover, they also used a heart-shaped board writing many wishes and I
still treasure this board until now.
Mark in 2011(Right)
CAS needs 150 learning hours, what kind of significant and meaningful things have you done?
like CAS course very much and I did many activities, HMUN, football
league in Shenyang, social service at gerocomium and Christmas Bazaar
sale and so on. But I think the most meaningful activity is ‘Habitat’, I
had attended 3 times. Although this activity needed physical labor, I
was still interested in it and it was very meaningful. I was so happy
when I worked with others and this activity was very helpful to apply
for university. By taking part in this activity, I found my potential
and also understood that I could do more things to help more people.
When I enter university, I will keep fulfilling this kind of activity.
aims at life-long learning and regarding yourself as the main subject
to acquire knowledge. From this point, what qualities do you think
should be possessed as a life-long learner? What benefits could it
the key words: do not be lazy. It seems easy, but actually quite
difficult to fulfill. It is very important to manage time wisely and we
should concentrate on doing things. For example, I know that many
students stay up for learning until 1-2:00 at midnight, but I think it
does not need to be so late if you can have a good sense of time
management. Striking a proper balance will show the maximum efficiency.
Actually IB is very similar to the university, there are many students
holding a book for the whole day in the library in university, it is the
same with IB and it requires you to gain more knowledge actively. I
think I will be a life-long learner.
2016 Graduation Party Group Photo Mark (Left 3rd)
If you can use just one word to describe your life at CAIS, which word will you choose? Why?
think it should be ‘upstream’. I got lower grades when I was in primary
school especially in English. The first year at CAIS was enjoyable
because I could not understand most lessons due to my poor English and I
also could not communicate with foreign classmates. At that time, my
grade was 2 or 3 and I could not bear such unsatisfactory grades. Later,
I accumulated more knowledge through talking more with classmates in
class as well as in the spare time and gradually understood the teaching
pattern of IB, my English was improved gradually. Fortunately, I came
to CAIS in time, so it did not bring any bad effect. During the 6 years
of receiving IB education, I encountered many troubles and difficulties
but I never thought about giving up. What I needed was just enough time
to improve my English skills and I believed that I could change the
current situation, so I did it from previous 2 or 3 to an ideal grade. I
think I have achieved success.
matter what kind of difficulty he encounters, he will always be
passionate to seek solutions. Such optimistic attitude makes people
admire him! During the 6 years, his experiences of success, failure,
confusion and touching sharpen and shape his perseverance, his
confidence launches an extensive road with fearlessness and we believe
all his experiences will bring him great success!
How precious to be upstream and face challenges to win a life with fearlessness and no-regrets!
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