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世界教室

纽约德怀特交换之旅

高一下半学期,七宝德怀特的学生有机会申请前往德怀特全球校区进行一个学期的交换学习。有五位同学选择了位于美国纽约曼哈顿区的纽约德怀特学校。她们遇到了哪些挑战,又收获了哪些成长呢?


Academics 学业挑战

Compared with QDHS, Dwight in New York has relatively low study pressure, leading to more spare time for self-planning. It has a small classroom size with quite a lot of interaction among teachers and students. Students focus on oral expression as well as thinking and asking questions.


To be more specific, there are four major characteristics of study here. First, the ways of study include more practical work, including practicing presentation skills. The core idea of study is self-exploration. Second, students here are always so energetic and creative that they are always willing to take an active part in everything. They prefer thinking rather than solving the problems directly, and they do really good jobs in sports. Third is the relationship between teachers and students. With experienced teachers, our courses always have an active atmosphere. In addition, teachers there are patient and feel free to chat with their students after class. A summary to the study atmosphere here is the importance of planning and self-learning. The global classroom also brings students throughout the world with different cultural backgrounds together to share their thoughts.


The final grade is made up of exams (including both writing and oral speaking), homework assignments and class participation. Writing takes a large part among them. Almost every subject needs to write an essay or research paper. Moreover, teachers look not only at your organization and language, but also the analyzing ability.


In conclusion, the academic there isn’t that hard, but it doesn’t mean there is a lack of challenges. Instead of only receiving concepts from your teachers,  students think more independently. There isn't anyone to supervise your study, so independence and good planning abilities are a must. While the timeline and syllabus are different here in New York, it is important to remember to interract with teachers and classmates here. Finally, adapt to the new study method; use the time after class properly; and self-reflect periodically.


Social Life 社交活动

Dwight New York is an international high school. Students here are from different nations with various types of cultures. They adopt and affect each other and form a combined family. Although once I couldn’t understand their jokes, we always tried to understand each other and exchange information to know each other better. 


Apart from the wonderful school life, homestay is the most memorable thing for me. We got to know local manners and habits gradually in our daily life. Although sometimes we felt a bit embarrassed because of different traditions, we finally could get along with them well and left unforgettable memories. At night, my host left the door of backyard open. It took me a little while to get used to this but I eventually got used to this. 

Besides, local scenery in New York also left a profound impression. New York is a very urban city. However, its landscapes are rich and attractive. While the city is famous for UN Headquarters, a place where politiicians gather from all over the world, we can also walk around Central Park to enjoy green heaven. You can not only see all buildings in New York on the top of the Empire State Building, but also enjoy natural, clean and silent scenery as far away as the suburbs.



Self-Discipline 自我管理

Remember, if you don’t want to start early, Please make sure you can hit the deadlineMay the ninth, 11:59pm, is the chemistry report deadline! Unfortunately, I turned it in just 5 minutes after the deadline. When everyone around me told me how important time management is, every time I just feel lucky that I submitted it several minutes before the deadline. However, when I missed a really important project, I finally realized time management indeed is a big deal. This is why I said an experience is a great lesson. Actually, that task was assigned 1 or 2 weeks before, but more than half of us just started it on the last day. 


Talking about the social media, almost everyone has instagram or snapchat. There are two kinds of people around me: the first one is someone who text ed back immediately; the type of person may reply to me another day with the excuse that they never check their phone. I have a friend, she chose 5HL and was a straight A student, and she is the one I can hardly get in touch with. In New York, students can also get in trouble due to social media. Once someone sent a picture of the Chemistry Test, and the whole grade 10 eneded up not taking the test.

纽约德怀特学长学姐的建议

You will cry at least once!

Find a good place/teacher that you trust to go when you start crying.

Don't be afraid to ask for help.

Reach out to teachers when you need help. Seriously.

Make time for yourself in your schedule, or else anxiety will take over your life.

Do extra curricculer activities. Colleges want to see more than just straight As.

GET STARTED ON YOUR EE AS SOON AS IT IS ASSIGNED.

11th Grade is like a year long personal project where you have to be really independant.


Attitude 心路历程

What’s the most important thing you need to know especially when you’re in an unfamiliar environment? Check your attitude! No matter your attitude towards your social life, study journey or your emotions, it matters a lot.


How to deal with negative attitudeTry to be open-minded towards family, friends and environment. Don’t worry, be happy and you will really enjoy your time!


Reflection 总体感受

The time we spent in Dwight New York was unforgettable. It not only helped us to improve English skills like reading, listening, speaking and writing, but  enabled us to see the difference between America and China. Thanks to all the teachers and students in Dwight New York, all of them left us precious memories of the school life in a foreign country. After this exchange project, we would like to bring something to Qibao Dwight, to build on the relationship between both schools. Later we will devote ourselves on this project so that students can have a deep understanding of the exchange project and tips about living in New York.