UNDER THE FOOT OFMOUNTEDGECUMBE
In Aug. 2010, I was so lucky to have an opportunity to become an exchange student of my school. The school I went is inSitka,Alaska, theU.S., which is namedMt.EdgecumbeHigh School.Mt.Edgecumbeis a beautiful mountain, or rather, a volcano, in the little town. In winter, it looks like theFujiMountain, so I call it “The Little Fuji”. I went there with a girl who was from the Foreign Language Middle School of Yunnan University. It was such a wonderful part of my life that I will never forget it.
When I arrived atSitka, it was a sunny day. Mr. Gelule, the principal, Mr. knapp, Miss Zhang, the Chinese teacher, and Mr. Kimber, the teacher who was in charge of this exchange program came to the airport to pick us up. They told us that it hadn’t been sunny for a long time. So lucky! I had known thatSitkais a rain country before I went.
When we went to the school, two student leaders from the Student Union helped us to find the dorm and helped us organize our things. Then, they took us to visit the school. The school is just near the sea, which is so nice.
After three days, we began our school life there. The school system is very different from that ofChina. The high schools there have four years. In each year, students just have one lesson that they must learn. Then, they can choose three lessons that they like to learn. I chose Art, English 2, Spanish and Pac Rim. We just need to take four classes a day and the curriculum is the same for every day. But each class takes 80 minutes! Students seldom have homework there, but every month, the teachers will let them do a project about what you have learned in that month . Also, the teaching methods are different, too. The teachers like to let students communicate with each other as much as possible. Students don’t have textbooks, and they can tell the teachers what they want to learn in classes.
After school, there were so many activities and clubs. We often went to the Gym to do some sports. We also went out with a staff member named Shon. He took us out of school every day. We often went hiking, went to the beach, went swimming, went to see the sunset and so on. So cool!
Every weekend, there was a party held by a student club. I made lots of friends at the parties and had lots of fun. The teachers often join in the parties with us. They were so kind and friendly.
Mr. Andrewson is a coach of the school. He has a Taiwanese wife. They have two very lovely daughters. They often took us to their home. We went fishing and did many other fun activities. They gave us so much help and so much happiness. I was so glad to know them.
We were lucky that we were able to celebrate some festivals there —— Alaska Day, Halloween and Thanksgiving Day. These festivals were very interesting and fun. But sadly, the weather was not so nice at these three festivals. So, on Halloween we just went to “trick or treat” for about an hour. Even so, I was very happy. On Thanksgiving Day, Mr. Gelule invited us to his home to spend the day with his family. There were so many kinds of animals in his house. I was very astonished and a little afraid. But, we had a very wonderful day with him.
I also learned much about the culture and history ofAlaska. The students at MEHS are from different cities inAlaska. Like inChina, I lived in the dorm. My dormmates were very nice to me. One of my dormmates was a Yupik. She told me about the rituals, life styles and cultures of her nationality. She also told me that they eat frozen whales’ fat and drink raw seals’ blood in winter. Such an amazing eating style! I can’t imagine it.
It was such a great time there. How time flies! Now, I have come back toChina. I still remember the day when I just arrived atSitka. I still remember the day when the Spanish teacher prepared the Spanish fiesta with us. I still remember the day when we cooked Chinese food with the Ras. I still remember…
InSitka, it was my first time to see so many whales and seals swimming together in the sea. It was my first time to live near the beautiful ocean. It was my first time to speak English with everyone all the time. It was my first time to learn and experience a foreign culture personally. This experience, although very short, have made me learn a lot of things. In addition to the improvement of my oral English, I think the most rewarding thing is that I witnessed and experienced the local culture in person.Sitka, the small town, with no prosperous streets or tall buildings, is full of cultures. When different cultures exist peacefully together, you will find that the world is so wonderful. There, inSitka, on the other side of the world, people are just living like that.
This visit also gives me a lot of help in my growth of social experience. I have learned how to make friends with foreigners and I have also had a deeper understanding of how to live independently.
Finally, I want to thank the people who helped me before, during and after my visit to MEHS, the teachers of my school and the teachers inSitka. Best wishes to these people and my friends in theU.S.I will always remember this experience.
2010年8月，我幸运地成为了我校的交换生，到我校在美国的友好学校Mt. Edgecumbe 高中留学4个月。Mt.Edgecumbe高中位于美国阿拉斯加州的锡特卡市。学校的名字叫做Mt.Edgecumbe 高中。Mt.Edgecumbe是锡特卡一座漂亮的休眠火山，在冬天，它看起来就像富士山一样，所以我私下把它叫做“小富士”。和我一起去的还有一个云大外国语学校的女孩。这次经历是我一生中难忘的精彩片段。
我们到锡特卡时，天气很晴朗。学校校Gelule先生, Knapp先生, 教中文的张怡老师，还有负责这个项目的Mr. Kimber先生到机场迎接我们。他们说锡特卡已经很长时间没有放晴了。看来我们到得真是时候，在去之前我就听说过锡特卡是一个雨城。
Mr. Andrewson 是学校的一名教练。他有一个台湾籍的妻子和两个非常可爱的女儿。他们经常邀请我们去他家，而且还带我们出海钓鱼，参加镇上的活动。当我们刚去到那儿的时候，他们的家庭给了我们很多帮助，让我们更快地适应了那里的生活，我很荣幸能认识他们，同时也很感激他们。