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A Breeze of Four Years - SAS Puxi Valedictorian Speech

June, 2013
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I feel so fortunate.
If people ask me about high school, I find myself saying that it is a breeze of four years. I tend to gloss over the painful parts, even though it really hasn’t been that easy.
I wonder why though. I had a middle school counselor who was convinced that bad memories are [...]

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Roots, Shoots and Dreams

May, 2013
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We are young and perhaps ‘crazy’ at times.
When I was in kindergarten, I was an introverted little girl who had secret dreams. I vividly recall that in the bright classroom with a view of the outside world, the little pony toys and Barbie dolls were at my service. I cuddled them closely, and imagined us [...]

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Interview with the Chimpanzee Mother

November, 2012
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On 5 November 2012, LittleStar’s student correspondent April Xiaoyi Xu conducted an exclusive interview with distinguished British scientist and UN Messenger of Peace, Dr. Jane Goodall, in the Library of Beijing City International School.
April: You greet people across the world using a universal language - the chimpanzee call. When was your first time doing it [...]

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The Other School; the Other Village

November, 2012
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Usually, it’s quite disconcerting to see a small boy wiping tears from his grime-coated cheeks. However, in the case of Beijing BISS International School Grade 11 class, the image left them with bittersweet déjà vu as they left the small village school in Hebei Province.
The Grade 11 students had encountered the startling scene once [...]

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Why Do We Love Universities in America?

September, 2012
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Starting Point
This summer, I had the opportunity of visiting several research universities and liberal arts colleges in the New England region.
First of all, it was such a pleasure to enter into those communities that are on their own, yet blended within the municipal settings. I understand from student tour guides and my friends who are [...]

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Well-Roundedness: The Line Between “Involved” and “Over-Committed”

September, 2012
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Welcome back to school, everybody! It’s crazy right? After a long, well-deserved summer break we are right back into the swing of things.  And sometimes, the swing of things means busy, busy, busy!

I’m back at university for my sophomore year, and I’ll be honest: it’s a little surreal to start up again. I mean, it’s [...]

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Mexican Memory

September, 2012
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I’ve traveled a lot, to a variety of different unique destinations. Nevertheless, I feel I can honestly say that I can call Playa Del Carmen, a city located just 40 minutes away from Cancun, Mexico, my favorite travel experience yet. My goal of the summer was to go on a two-week Spanish learning camp in [...]

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Effective Learning, Workable Habits

September, 2012
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Everyone has an opinion on how to be a better student. You are bombarded with tips and advice, but more often than not you hear it and think ‘nobody actually does that’, and maybe you’re right. I’ve been there. Remember this as you read: I was in your position, and I got into these habits [...]

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Learning to Learn

September, 2012
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People are often surprised to find that I’m not a great a role model when it comes to study habits and time management. Despite having excelled in academics most of my life, I am generally a slave to procrastination, addicted to Facebook, and completely and utterly incapable of keeping my desk clean for more than [...]

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The Summer before Senior Year

August, 2012
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January, February, March, April, May, June. The months leading up to summer holidays are often filled with high school students looking forward to the long- awaited, wonderful, “much too short” summer holidays. The image of yourself; sitting in the sun without a care in the world and without the thought of daunting assignments due the [...]

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Each Friend is a World in Us

June, 2012
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Ere summer, the warm breeze had rushed to greet us. In this cafe did I sit, musing on the memorable moments while sipping a bittersweet cup of hot chocolate with cream on top.
A kingdom without oppression, grief or regret. A realm full of respect and inspiration. A place where we truly comprehend each other [...]

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Graduation Speech by JJ Wong, International School of Beijing

June, 2012
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Ah, look at all of you. The ISB graduating class of 2012, all Harry-Potter-like in your long, black gowns, those lovely sapphire-sashes that rest easy on you, and those pointy square caps an almost dreamlike weight on your head, messing with your hair and all. It feels strange, doesn’t it? A little bit nervous? Up [...]

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I Remember…

June, 2012
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I remember. I remember arriving here in Year One, a tiny wide-eyed child that sort of bumbled around our old campus in Hong-Mei, darting and dashing around the rooftop playground. Ms. Turnbull was my first teacher here. I remember when the first computer arrived in our classroom, and everyone crowded around to watch grainy, coloured [...]

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Graduation Speech by Steffie Brader, Class of 2012, WAB

June, 2012
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When we were in elementary school, they asked us for the first time what we wanted to be when we grew up. We answered: pirate, astronaut, princess, or in my case, the best artist in the world. Everyone that’s met me knows my artistic skills are near zero, yet at that age, no one cared [...]

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Graduation Speech by Francesca, Class of 2012, ISB

June, 2012
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Class of 2012, faculty, parents, family, and friends: allow me to preface this speech with a few disclaimers. Today, I won’t tell you to “bloom where you’re planted.” I won’t urge you to “reach up for the stars.” I won’t emphasize the importance of “seize the day.” Why? Because you’ve heard those things countless times. [...]

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