妈妈和女儿分享春假美国东部名校游心得!

赋思美国名校领航员 2018-07-12 14:40:57

 


美国东部名校游记


这次名校游我学到了什么?


首先美国东部的春天不敢保证会有春天般的气候! 3月13号我们到达华盛顿的时候遇到了多年未见的暴雪。选择寒梅配图竟显当时我们在暴风雪中仍然顽强快乐的心境!

更重要的是,我享受着孩子们的伴同,一起讨论,一起快乐,从孩子们身上学到了很多,感觉自己又年轻了!再加上Michael老师的幽默和时不时的给学生提问问题,有历史的,有地理的,他好像是天上地上,古今中外没有不知道的,怪不得孩子们都喜欢他。

在乔治亚大学,由于暴雪原因,学校取消了行程。所以我们决定自己前往参观学校。幸运的,我们遇到了乔治亚大学的招生主任(Charles Deacon), 他临时决定亲自给我们讲解了学校的历史, 并让我们了解了学校所希望看到的是什么样的申请者。Deacon先生的信息非常鼓舞人心, 同时也非常直接:乔治亚大学所寻找的是那些能够证明和表现兴趣/激情的申请者, 而不是仅仅侃侃而谈的学生。看着孩子们表情,你可以看出他们意识到父母不会代替他们做任何事情。如果要认真对待自己的人生和将来,他们必须现在就认真努力。


在10天的行程当中,每天晚上我都能听到女儿急切的探讨着她的希望和梦想,她的困惑和焦虑。这是她从来没有过的。她谈论着当她在信息会上听到好多分享的同学在申请大学的时候不知道他们要学习什么,这些名校是怎么鼓励学生不用急于决定专业,直到他们确定自己想做什么的时候, 她是多么高兴(因为她一直为自己想学习什么专业而苦恼)。有些学生直到大学的第二年末才决定自己的专业, 有的甚至可以转专业。 她很深刻的谈论着对每个校园的印象,承认没有想到她会如此享受这次行程。我们几乎是硬拖着她跟我们一起参观学校,听着她激动的谈论着每个学校让我再次感觉参观学校对孩子们是多么大的促动和激励。




在哥伦比亚大学,由于春假学校没有安排校园游,Michael老师提前安排了一个哥伦比亚的学生( Nathan Lam)亲自带我们游览学校。同学们都认为这是目前我们收到的最有价值校园游。Nathan, 出生在美国的亚裔,来自加利福尼亚的帕斯蒂纳,给同学提了很多对申请大学非常有用的建议, 也真实的介绍了关于哥伦比亚的负面的东西, 比如说学校对学生的压力没有足够的支持等等。 如果没有私人导游,会很难了解到每一个学校的内部一些事情。



经济有需求的父母须知

我这里列举我们访问的学校中有, 招生审核过程中执行“need-blind"政策(意思就是招生官是在不知道申请者的经济状况的情况下阅读申请者的资料的) 这种政策其中包括国际生的学校有:

Penn (only for Canadian and Mexican residents)

MIT

Harvard University

Princeton University

Yale University

Georgetown

Julliard

但是不要被“need-blind"误导:招生官有足够的信息了解申请者的经济需求, 所以招生官是否能真正不受经济需求的影响就无所依据了。

注意:对那些需要大笔助学金的同学通常不建议采取“早决定”申请。因为早决定就意味着你没有机会比较不同的学校授予的奖学金, 就没有办法选择最好的。


题外话

我再次被提醒从学校招生官和学校安排校园导游你永远不会知道学校的招生部门实际上是怎么做决定的。 除非最近的一个案例想迫使这些名校(像普林斯顿和哈佛)开放他们的招生档案成功。很多公开信息隐含着亚洲学生被歧视,尤其是那些国际申请者, 或者更甚的来自富裕家庭。即使是配额的存在,我仍然发自内心的很高兴的在每个校园里看到很多亚洲学生。



这次的行程当中,不得不提的是茱莉亚大学和康奈尔大学,也是我首次参观。

茱莉亚大学以整栋楼作为校园,新生宿舍就在相连的楼上, 位于曼哈顿林肯中心对面(这是纽约表演艺术中心)。10年前完全重建和装修, 是一个神奇的地方。如果表演艺术是你的最爱,强烈建议到茱莉亚学校参观。

康奈尔大学, (是一所被名校游所忽略的一所名校,仅仅因为它处于离纽约和波斯顿4个小时车程的一个小镇。)是一所见过的最美丽的校园(非常大, 但又非常洁净,整齐)。它所处的小镇叫“Ithaca", 是一所排名很高的藤校, 但录取率确相对其他藤校要很多。校园气氛相比哈佛或者MIT 更有大学味道。Ithaca是一个优美的大学城, 周围有很多美食和户外活动。如果你视孩子的安全健康为第一位,这是一所学校我会强烈建议要参观。


 Fine Dining and fun activities too



女儿心得

This trip to the 11 universities has been one of the most fulfilling and inestimable trips I had, and it will be cherished for a lifetime. I cannot describe how much knowledge I perceived and I am so grateful for this opportunity. As cliche as it sounds, this trip has opened my eyes. To summarize this trip, there are three lessons that I want to specifically talk about of which had the most impact on me.


Firstly, New York University. I had never paused before to wander in the pool of universities and the differences they can have; and if I did identify that there were differences, I never would have interpreted the significant changes they make on a student’s journey of college life. The university that I have the deepest memory of is NYU. Three campuses in three completely different countries containing of divergent cultures. The experience students have in this university is global. This worldview is extremely valuable since global interaction is so important now in a world of commerce and multiculturalism. NYU is definitely a path that I will consider.


Secondly, the freedom to choose. There are two hidden meanings in this. One of which that universities are not chosen by students based on rankings, but instead on the atmosphere of the campus and how it helps the individual pursue their interests and passions. The other meaning is that you do not have put your whole life plan together going into university. There are many programs and opportunities in college to help students determine their majors, and to help them discover parts of themselves that may even be surprising to themselves. This freedom is very important in helping me make the right decision in terms of my college career.


Lastly, the tour that is cherished the most by me is the one at Columbia. Our tour guide Nathan truly inaugurated for me the idea of “thinking big”. His advice is very beneficial not only when putting together applications, but also to generate the best versions of myself. He told us to be thoughtful about how you can make a contribution to the community and the people around you,  on campus but also on a bigger scale. He also said that trophies are not the end goal when you go to debate tournaments, it is the experience and the knowledge you have access to. As a debater myself, words like this from someone successful like Nathan is very encouraging.


In conclusion, this school tour has built in me critical life lessons that has inspired me to vastly improve myself. I have more motivation and ambition in me than ever, and I crave to learn because I know there is an immense amount of knowledge out there for me to pick up.

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