原创升学分享College Application||对足球的热爱助力我逆袭进入杜兰大学! My Way to Tulane
编者按：我校林同学在早申阶段如愿获得了杜兰大学、普渡大学等高等学府的青睐。杜兰大学(Tulane University) 成立于1834年，是美国一所私立研究型大学，位于美国路易斯安那州新奥尔良市，是美国大学协会(AAU)成员，2023年U.S.News美国最佳大学排名第44。
Editor's note: Jared Lin, a 12th grader of SHBS, was admitted to Tulane University, his dream college, at the ED/EA stage. Founded in 1834, Tulane is an American private research university located in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Teachers are very pleased with how Jared has grown up and improved himself in the past few years. As a confident and determined boy, he now knows where to go and he dares to imagine his bright future. What is the secret to the fact that he has grown confident and stronger? The answer: in addtion to his perseverance and hardwork, the power of being seen. The school has seen the uniqueness of each kid and has customized a class schedule for each kid so that they can better build on their strengths and avoid their weaknesses in their studies, and thus have more time to participate in activities and explore what they like. The school understands each kid thoroughly and supports them in their efforts to achieve in the areas they are interested in, so that they can gradually discover themselves and build their confidence and thinking power. We believe that students and parents will draw inspiration from Jared’s story.
An account by Jared
When I was a 9th grader at a public school, I was overwhelmed by the pressure resulting from studying for the high school entrance exams, and I came to realize that the traditional way of learning, like taking the high school and college entrance exams, was not suitable for me. Later, recommended my uncle, I chose to leave Xiamen, my hometown, for SHBS in pursuit of freedom. Looking back now, I am really glad that I made the decision. The biggest difference between these two ways lies in their curricula system and choices. I was able to choose my courses based on my self-understanding, my preference for certain types of subjects, and my time-management. This helped me maximize my academic strengths, allowing me to study and improve subjects that I was interested in or good at, and also giving me more freedom and flexibility for time-management. Of course, our college counselors at school helped me a lot by giving me advice based on my own circumstances.
Of course, the difference between the two kinds of education experience lies not only in the choice of courses, but also in the fact that SHBS is willing to dedicate more time and energy to encouraging me to do what I like to do. I think this is very important because the school not only helped me improve my ability to explore on myself so that I came to know what I really like and what I want to do in the future through step-by-step exploration, but also changed my personality. These two things have helped me to get to where I am now. I like soccer, or to be precise, I am even obsessed with it. Although there is no professional soccer field, there are many big lawns on campus. At first, I would play soccer on the big lawn every day with two or three of my friends. We first made a goal with 4 water bottles, then we found that the water bottles collapsed easily on the potholed grassland, so we replaced them with four pieces of clothing. In this way, we had a lot of fun playing on our DIY soccer field. This unique "field" soon attracted many spectators, and more and more boys joined us, and from that moment on, the idea of forming a soccer team representing SHBS occurred to me. In my 10th grade, I told my idea to the school, which approved my application right away in support of our participation in sporting events. In addition, the school paid for two goals, had workers trim the weeds on the lawn and fill in the small pits. After that, the number of our team members grew from 5 to 22, which really boosted my self-confidence. Then, we trained on our own every afternoon without the help of any coaches and contacted other international schools to play friendly matches in our spare time. Not only did we train on our own, but we also played representing SHBS and got very good results. Knowing this, the school was very happy to present us an S-club award and scholarship in the 11th grade. During that time, I not only improved my leadership skills and added brilliance to the qualifications of my college application, but I also explored my interests and became aware of what I really loved. The “victory” in soccer boosted my confidence and made me feel like I could be a leader one day and that I could do great things. That confidence benefited me academically. My GPA improved from 2.9 at the beginning to 3.5, 3.8, and even to straight A at the end of last semester, and this upward trend reflected the positive impact the school made on the students by actively encouraging them to participate in the activities they are interested in.
When the application season started in the second half of my 11th grade, facing the stress resulting from college application, I was confused and anxious almost every day. I was overwhelmed by choosing from colleges, taking off-campus standardized tests, and writing piles of paperwork ....... Fortunately, my HR teacher, the school's college counselor, and Chris, the foreign principal, kept in close touch with me and gave me advice on what and when to do next for my application. When they had time, they would talk with me one-on-one to discuss my college application and help ease my tension. I gradually became less and less nervous and even felt relaxed while applying for my college.
最后，我希望正在申请的友友们在接下来的几个月中都能收到自己梦校的offer，同时也祝贺那些ED就已经下车的朋友们！送大家一句话：Take it easy, to the infinity and beyond !相信大家最后都有理想的未来。
Finally, I hope those who are applying now will receive offers from your dream colleges. Meanwhile, my congratulations to those who have already finished their application in the ED round. I would like to say to you: Take it easy, to the infinity and beyond! I believe everyone will have a bright future.
文 | Jared Lin
审核 | Xu Wu
翻译 | Dawn Xu
排版 | Jang