Just two days ago (1/20/2019), I was very lucky to be invited to participate in the offline activities organized by “free gentleman — random talk about America” in Shanghai. The theme of this activity is “love, company, and growth”. I and two other students of the same age carried out a series of video live broadcasts on the east and west sides of the United States through ZOOM, and some of our experiences struck a chord with everyone. Today, I would like to use the platform of the public account to share these live broadcast contents with the readers who follow me. Next, I would like to talk about the “wrong place” I stepped on during my study in the United States in the past three years.
I do not copy others but to the student’s copy homework, no big deal?
In the United States, cheating and helping others to cheat is also a big fear, help others to cheat will even be a teacher more serious warning: “help others to cheat is worse than their own cheating. I made this mistake shortly after I arrived in the United States. In eighth grade, I didn’t come to America for long and I didn’t make many friends. One day a white classmate I used to deal with sat next to me and complained, “oh, yesterday’s homework was so hard! I always feel like I haven’t learned anything. “When I heard this, a thought came to my mind:” I have learned these math problems for a long time, can I help him make this friend by the way? So I and he made a look, then I finished the homework secretly handed in the past. Unexpectedly, the sharp-eyed teacher saw this action immediately and pulled us out and warned us severely.
America is a country of free speech. What is my freedom
I remember when I was in China, my classmates joked about some radical language, such as “look, I won’t shoot you… “Wait, domestic parents and teachers just talk like children, will not have what. In the United States, such offensive language is strictly prohibited in school rules, and the attacker may call the police to protect himself. Just as there was a German student after class of a friend of mine had similar racial discrimination insult, my classmate later long a mind’s eye, quietly took a voice recorder, a few days later the German students went to the office was called, the last few weeks have failed to see him must be dealt with being suspended.
At home, modesty is spoken of as a virtue. People think that if you are not modest, it shows that you are conceited. But after the United States, you must not feel that you will be humble Americans as a virtue. If you are good at something, you should never say you are not good enough. Because what they advocate in the United States is individualism, they are very optimistic about students who have bright points and pay great attention to the cultivation of their specialties. Unlike at home, where we care about all-round development, we want all-round development. So make the most of any opportunity to shine.
About whether to need to ask the teacher frequently question?
Teachers in the United States expect students to ask a lot of questions. If you don’t understand something in class or you want the professor to repeat something, be sure to ask the teacher in class or after class. This is especially important. Asking questions frequently can not only help you communicate with the teacher in time but also make the teacher more familiar with you and let the teacher know that you are a student who CARES about this course.
Don’t easily make notes in the textbook
In China, teachers and parents are very willing and even very happy to see students mark their books. Because it can prove that the child is serious about learning, hard work; But not in the United States. You know, in the United States all textbooks or books are very expensive, basically maintained in the three figures, and is the dollar yo! You can borrow a textbook from the school at the beginning of each semester, but when you return it to the school library at the end of the semester and it is found that there is a significant damage to the textbook, such as missing a page, multiple notes or scratches, you will have to bear the three-figure cost.
These are the main contents I want to share this time. I hope these contents can give some help to the students and their parents who are going to study in the United States.