我们有许多丰富多彩的课余活动。给我印象最深的当然是“Ladies volleyball”。这所学校的排球战队在整个阿拉斯加州都数一数二的呢！友好学校Sitka High School来Mt.Edgecumbe高中打球时，所有人都扮成土著，将床单裹在身上，脸上画了我们的幸运色——红色和黄色，一起到体育场里面给排球队的勇士们加油。我们全程站在凳子上，虽然两个小时，但没有人坐过一下。每当我们赢球时，我们就会统一鼓掌然后说“See ya! Sit High!”胜一局，我们也会跳我们的校舞并且说着“What? What? What?”所有人都在给排球队员们呐喊助威。
Before I came to Sitka, somebody has told me it was a freezing, remote island; however, I still didn’t change my mind to come here. The weather in China is always hot in August, but over here I can feel the fresh air as a frosty nip. The American students come from all over Alaska. And Mt. Edgecumbe High School is one of the top high schools in Alaska.
The classes here are totally different from what we have in China. My first class is technical ability course. We played a game as a start. In Chinese, we can call this game “Ma Guo He”. First of all, you should put a piece of paper on the floor. Then, you’re supposed to put your shoes on that paper. During this process, you can’t get your shoes out of that paper. If you do, you’re out! One person goes, and then another one continues. You also cannot fall off the paper pads.
At first, we do this as the teacher said. Suddenly, we realized everyone has different steps and different speed .It seems like this is an impossible mission. Then the leader of the group came up with an idea. One person went to the farthest place and stood on the piece of paper. The other three students repeated the same thing. When it was all done, everybody else could go through the line fast. I was the first person who would go through this line. Because of the language barriers I still didn’t know the rules. When they saw I was doing the wrong thing at first. They asked me to stop. They explained the rules over and over. Eventually, we all went through the line.
This game, we call it “teamwork and be flexibility”. I like this kind of learing style when we are taking a class.
We have lots of activities in our spare time, also known as recreational activities since this happens after school. “Ladies Volleyball” is the activity which gives me the deepest impression. Mt.Edgecumbe High School’s volleyball is the strongest in Alaska. When Sitka High School came to our school for a race, all of us dressed in white sheets, painted two lucky lines —— red and yellow —— on our faces to support our team. We stood on the chairs during the two hours. We applauded and yelled, “See ya! Sit High!” every time we got one point. We danced and shouted, “What? What? What?” every time we won a round. Everybody was shouting loudly to encourage the ladies who were in the game.
Mt.Edgecumbe High School is a place where things can always surprise you. You can make your own clothes in the Culture Room while having some hot chocolate, or go to the Gym to exercise with friends, or read a book on the cozy sofa in the library. You can aslo walk along the seaside watching ships busy in the gulf, or go kayaking on the waters and enjoy the sea reflecting sunshine.
This is just my first impression of MEHS. And still I have eight months to go before returning to YUSS. I just want time to go by slowly so that I can enjoy my growth here. I know this is going to be a wonderful experience for me.