录取学校：University of Pennsylvania M.S.Ed. Teaching Learning and Leadership
I come from a family with a long tradition of being teachers. Both of my parents have been doing related job for more than 20 years. The family influence has imperceptibly active on me since my childhood. But I did not realize the real importance of education until one day I went to my mother’s office. My mother was working as a member of the admission committee of a key middle school, which would recruit students through rigorous exams every year. One day when I went to my mother’s office, I saw a man begging my mother to offer seats for his children to study in her school since they failed to pass the exams. In his words, we learnt that those children were from poor mountainous areas. Although they were the best students in their areas and studied really hard, they could not pass the exams as the urban children due to the limited educational level. What surprised us most was that the man was not their family member, but a businessman sponsored their study. Moved by the kindness of the businessman and the strong desire to learn of the children, my mother finally persuaded the school to admitted them and provide them a tuition waiver.
It shocked me for that I first experienced the important role education plays in one’s life, especially for the children who are eager for changing their fate. By participating in many volunteer services, I am always seeking better ways to help others. Until that day, I stared to realize that the best way to help others is to provide better education. Therefore, I want to make my contribution to bring a little change to the education of China, especially the higher education, by improving teachers' sense of responsibility, increasing education investment and offering fairer and broader higher education to more students in poor areas. That is also the major motivation for me to apply for the XXX program of XXXX University.
In my graduate period, by learning and experiencing the most advanced teaching methods of the world, I want to obtain a solid foundation on how to apply theories of student development and learning to administrative, programming advising, policy-making, and faculty roles on behalf of students from diverse groups at varied institutions of higher education. I also want to acquire the knowledge on higher education administration, institutional strategic planning and human resource management.
After graduation, I would like to start my job in an educational institution of United States to apply my knowledge to practice and to get to know how it works from inner perspectives. When I gain a well-defined development and acquisition of the administrative skills, I hope to come back to China and worked for an international school assuming leadership position. I will try my best to provide more opportunities for Chinese student to get access to advanced and global teaching methods, and create more opportunities to corporate with entrepreneurs, who can offer more fellowship and financial aid for excellent students from poor areas. In the long run, I hope to be an Educational Policy Maker in government and continue seeking to change the lives of students, improve the field of education, and make the world a better place.
I study Spanish at Sichuan International Studies University. Mastering a language means knowing a culture which is of astronomical favorableness if I want to pursue my goal in education. Under the influence of the University’s overall academic atmosphere, I have been developed morally, intellectually and physically with firm conviction, a global outlook, talent in communications and creative spirit. I had a GPA of 3.95 and ranked the top 10 among the students in my department. Due to my outstanding academic and research performance, I was granted academic Scholarship and PRIMEROS Scholarship issued by my university.
In order to better master the Spanish language and experience a different culture, I applied the exchange program between Sichuan International Studies University and Universidad de La Habana in Cuba for my freshman year. During the one year study in Cuba, most of our courses were taught with the aim of improving our listening, speaking, reading and writing skills of Spanish, thus my Spanish proficiency was greatly increased. In the six courses I took, I got three 5 remarks and three 4 when 5 equals outstanding and is the maximum rating. At the same time, I enjoyed experiencing and immersing in a totally different culture.
I came back to China in my sophomore year. By taking the courses like Basic Spanish, Oral Spanish, Spanish Listening, Spanish Reading and Spanish Writing every semester, I have been cultivated with high-quality Spanish proficiency and got the interpreter skills. In my junior year, I also choose Portuguese as an elective course.
In the Introduction to Spanish Culture and General Situation of Spanish-Speaking Countries of Latin America courses, I have got a comprehensive understanding about the culture and education of Spain and Latin American countries. In Introduction to Spanish Culture course, I conducted a research on Spanish education situation, in which I gave a detail analysis on the education system of Spain. During this research, I worked as the team leader in charge of dividing work and giving a presentation of our research in the class.
For me, the most important significance of learning one language is not learning a communication tool, but learning a way to being immersed in another culture. Ibelieve it would be strength for me in my future study of education for I have the advance to communicate with people with different backgrounds.
I first engaged in the education field in 2009 summer vacation, when I worked as a teaching assistant in Crazy English Summer Camp, a very popular camp among teenagers in China for its interesting and high efficiency.
My main work was to teach students English pronunciation, grammar and reading. Quite different with the traditional teaching method, Crazy English, which pays much attention on learning through lively activities, required teachers full of passion and designed each class carefully. The work was busy and hard for a first time teacher. I gathered students together in the middle of the classroom and gave lectures in the middle rather than on the platform, so that I can be close to the students and well observe their reactions. I designed games and speech topics, in which students could easily master the content of courses without feeling boring. I got only four to five hours to have rest every day and got a sore throat because we were required to lead the students read out every word aloud in the class. One day, when I was having lunch, one of my students gave me a packet of medicine soothes sore throat. At that moment, I suddenly felt the happiness of being a teacher. Gradually, I realized that the happiest time for me has changed from taking breaks to the time when I saw the inquiring twinkle from students’ eyes. Finally my student won the first prize in the English speech contest hold by the camp and I was awarded the title of Excellent TA. I also applied the teaching experience in another camp when I interned in the Beijing Mind Education Co. Ltd.
With the desire to learn more about how an education institution operations, I applied the internship in the NEWOPEN Education Group as an English teacher in the Summer & Winter English Learning Camp.
Before I stepped onto the platform, I went through a one-month harsh training during which I competed with 30 outstanding trainees. With my efforts, abilities and persistence, I finally proved myself adequate and made my way to the platform as the top 1 in comprehensive performance evaluation among all the trainees. In the winter and summer vacation, I taught 3 classes. Facing tight schedules and fast work pace, I did not surrender, but prepared for every class earnestly and corrected every assignment conscientiously. Besides English, I also infected students with my passion, teaching them how to care about and cooperate with others. When the term came to an end, I was happy to see they had changed surprisingly.
In the summer vacation of 2012, I got an opportunity to work as a teaching assistant for foreign teachers in Bachuan International School affiliated to SISU. My passion drove me to commit my heart and soul to work and infected my colleagues and students as well. In order to well coordinate between students and foreign teachers, I made friends with the students and tried my best to help them solve problems in both study and daily life. When I finished my internship, in order to extend their gratitude to me, they left me messages, made thanks-expressing videos, and sent me T-shirt with their own painting on. Their sincerity was so touching that to be a teacher.