Abraham Lincoln High School
San Francisco, CA
My passion is culture.
I discovered my passion for cultural studies when I was in middle school where we spent time focussing on Chinese history and traditions. In the eighth grade, I was able to travel to China with my class and live with a host family. I got to learn about their lifestyle and culture first hand, and this was better than any book or lesson I had before. It was there that I realized I loved learning about new cultures and lifestyles and was fascinated by how different each was from my own. Even though I am a Chinese American, my lifestyle and cultural beliefs are different that what I experienced abroad. It made me more open to new ideas, and I wanted to continue learning in this way. When I came back from the trip, I knew right away that I want to travel to other places and learn more about the different cultures and lifestyles for those who call that country home.
I feel that attending the Experimental in International Living program will help me pursue my passion because it is everything I am looking for in a program. I will be able to travel to somewhere new that I haven't been before, and at the same time I will be able to learn about the culture and lifestyle of the people who live there. I will be able to live with a host family, learning first hand from locals and building a relationship based on how we are similar, versus focussing on how we are difference. No matter where you live, you can share the same interests.
Bianca takes advantage of the opportunities that are available at school. First of all, she is a great student and because of this she is constantly learning and growing. Her work in my class was always thoughtful and thorough. Second, she participates in the extracurriculars offered at school. She is a member of both USB and the track team. These are activities that both take a large amount of time outside of class and provide a huge amount of enrichment. In USB she is learning about how huge systems, like a school, work, how to set goals, how to raise money to meet these goals and how you have to be able to work with other people in order to get things accomplished. In track she's learning how individual determination pays off, how to keep herself in good physical condition, and how to listen to her coaches. She all of these things with a calm, confident enthusiasm. We would be lucky to more students who follow this type of path. All of the above-mentioned things require extra effort.
From the short two weeks I was at Washington University, I made many new friends from all over the country, and memories that will be with me forever. In the classroom, I learned many things I wouldn't have in a traditional high school class setting including game theory topics and how to make my own policy. I got the chance to experience living with a roommate, floor meetings, and curfews while living at WashU. I explored Saint Louis by metro like a local, and visited the City Museum that was not like any other museum I have visited before. This is an experience I will never forget and I am very thankful for the opportunity. I am so happy that I decided to come on this trip and thank you so much for helping me experience this once in a life time chance!
Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to attend the Global Leadership Institute at Washington University this summer. I am very excited to be able to travel across the country and learn about leadership and independence. I really appreciate your generous donations, with it, I will be able to experience a pre-college environment and gain leadership skills at the same time. I believe this program will give me a head start in my future academic studies and open my eyes to a new world. Thank you so much! I would not be able to do this without your kind donations!
Scholarship ProviderWashington University in St. Louis
Sending Bianca to Washington University in St. Louis Global Leadership Institute will cost $4,385.
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