英语课可以算是最让我紧张的课了，我们不仅要在很短的时间内读完厚厚的一整本书、记录读书笔记、准备读书成果测试，还要自己搜集资料、围绕课题完成论文。我们的第一个论文大课题是埃博拉病毒，在完成研究论文之前我们必须要完成阅读《高危地带》（the Hot Zone），这是一本关于埃博拉病毒的起源和研究的科学著作，在这本书里面作者Preston Richard 细述了埃博拉病毒的传播、危害和研究历程，这也是我所读的第一本纯学术性的书。为了带动我们更好地学习，老师甚至还打扮成医生的模样给我们上课、一起做实验、讨论。可是有时阅读量还是让我感到有点吃力，很怕自己完成不了阅读任务而耽误了整个小组的讨论进度。但在老师Mrs. Anderson的帮助下我渐渐掌握了阅读技巧、抓住了核心内容也全面了解了作者的写作风格，最终完成了课题。当时我以为我的留美生活就会被埋没在一大堆读不完的书中，现在回过头来我才发现这个课题的完成是我在英语学习路上的一个重大突破。我特别感激当时Mrs. Anderson对我的鼓励，她说：“我知道这堂课的任务对你来说是很有难度的，但是我相信你很聪明，可以让我像要求美国学生一样要求你。”在她的鼓励和严格要求下，我先后读完了The Winter Walk、《追风筝的人》、Code Talker、Victim Proof和The Night Trilogy，并对我们正在进行的关于二战期间犹太人的大屠杀的课题有了信心。对于我来说，这是一次特别宝贵的经历和机会，因为之前在中国都没有那么多时间来读书，在体会名著的同时我也锻炼了我的英语阅读和写作能力，可谓是一举两得。
课后我加入了Channel Light Newspaper Club 和DDF（Drama, Debate and Forensics）。在Channel Light Newspaper Club 里，我第一次当小记者采访来校日本交换生和校队的摔跤选手，从采访、交流、记录到写稿，全部都由自己完成。刚开始我还特别紧张和不安，但在尝试多次与同学和老师交流后，我渐渐掌握与人交谈的技巧。在老师的耐心指导下，我也积累了不少写英文报导的经验。提起我在MEHS 里最开心的时光，这非DDF莫属了。在DDF里，我第一次尝试和好友Breezi排练双人表演、与Jaymes Kelly准备哑剧，还准备了关于中国筷文化的演讲。到现在为止，我已去了Haines、Wrangell、Ketchikan 等地参加比赛，并即将代表学校参加阿拉斯加州的决赛。我的关于中国筷文化的演讲受到一致好评，评委和同学们似乎都对筷子很感兴趣，在Ketchikan比赛时我的演讲还作为模范展示给所有人看呢。这让我既兴奋又紧张，看着台下的老师和同学们饶有兴趣地学习着中国文化，我也为我是一名中国交换生而感到自豪。我很珍惜每次活动的机会，同时我也很感谢老师们给予我的肯定和支持。
总之，我很喜欢Mt. Edgecumbe高中带给我的感觉——既忙碌又不乏快乐的新鲜感。这将会成为我一生中最宝贵的经历之一。期待我之后七个多月的学习生活会更加精彩! 真的很感谢云大附中和MEHS给我这次机会。Go braves!
Time is slipping away without even being noticed! I can’t believe I’ve already been here at Mt. Edgecumbe High School for a semester.
My first impression of MEHS — friendliness and enthusiasm surrounds me the first day I came here, which totally drove away all my concerns and worries.
I really appreciate that I can select courses freely here. With the help of teachers, I finally chose Music1, content reading, chemistry and English1 in the first semester.
In chemistry classes, Mr. Mahoney usually gave each student a study guide and let us do experiments, record results, discuss and summarize as a group, which was very impressive and different from my chemistry classes in China. While cooperating with my group members, not only did we witness every slight change in the reactants, but, most essentially, we also built close friendships during the cooperation. I still remembered that time when I debated with my partner because of the different densities of hydrochloric acid and when we had chocolates and cookies as desserts while studying the Avogadro’s law.
However, my life here hasn’t always been easy. For me, my English class with Mrs. Anderson was the most intense class here, for in this class, in order to get a promising grade we need to finish reading a book, taking notes and writing an essay about a project in a month. I read a scientific book named The Hot Zone written byPreston Richard for my first research project which was about the discovery, researches and destructibility of Ebola virus. One absorbing thing was that Mrs. Anderson even dressed up as a doctor to teach us. Albeit my English class was a great fun, sometimes I found the onerous reading tasks still made me stressed out. I was always worried I couldn’t finish the chapters on time and I might pull myself behind in my group. It was with the help of Mrs. Anderson that I gradually mastered the skills of reading English literature, knew how to find the main idea and was familiar with the writing style of the author. At that time I thought it was the hardest time when I struggled most with English, but looking back it was one of the most amazing times I had in this first semester and that led to a great leap in my English study. I’m so thankful for the encouragement from my teacher. She said that she knew this was hard for me, as a foreign exchange student, but she still trusted me that I could do it, because she knew I was smart and I could handle the same things Americans felt hard to handle. Powered by her words and strict requirements, I’ve already finished reading The Winter Walk, Victim Proof, Code Talker, The Kite Runner and The Night Trilogy in one semester and writing an essay about the Ebola virus and an essay about the Holocaust during World War 2. As for me, my experience here at MEHS was very precious, thus I surely need to cherish every opportunity to learn, read and have fun. While enjoying those undeniable masterpieces, I largely improved my English skills and broadened my perspective at the same time.
I used to think Music class should be the easiest class I had in this semester, it turned out it’s not. Mr. Coutright taught us how to read music notes and chords but left lots of time for us to learn by ourselves to perform in class in order to get credits. Everyone around me seemed pretty comfortable with this teaching method, so I can’t give up. Eventually I learned the guitar, the drum set and the flute, and I had great fun in class.
Besides classes, I joined Channel Light Newspaper Club and DDF (Drama, Debate and Forensics). In Channel Light Newspaper Club, I interviewed the Japanese students and wrestlers, took photos and wrote reports about them. I was so confused at first, but owing to my teacher’s instruction and my effort, I gradually handled communication skills and learned how to write a report. My experience in DDF is considered a most amazing time I had in MEHS. I had a duet with my best friend Breezi, made a speech about the culture of Chinese chopsticks and a performed a pantomime with Jaymes Kelly. Up till now, I’ve been to the cities of Haines, Wrangell and Ketchikan for my DDF travel, and I’m going to the state contest representing our school. Worth mentioning also, I got a ‘commence’ (perform one more time to every judge and student) of my speech in Ketchikan; it turned out everyone enjoyed Chinese culture a lot, which really made me excited and nervous at the same time. I’m so proud of myself of being an exchange student in MEHS, and I cherished every opportunity here, meanwhile I was truly thankful of the instructions, encouragements and comments from my teachers.
Although I wasn’t able to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with my family this time, I gave a presentation in the Chinese class to introduce the Chinese festival, teach them how to speak Chinese and share with them the moon cakes I brought from China. That day, nearly every student I met smiled and said’ Happy Mid-Autumn Day’ to me, which really warmed my heart.
In general, I enjoyed my life here a lot, and I really appreciated that my school and MEHS gave me this precious opportunity to be here. I’m also looking forward to my next seven months. Should be more splendid! Go braves!