Drawn to the wealth of opportunities Keystone offers for cultural exploration, experiential learning, literature, art, and language within the Chinese context motivated Evelyn’s decision to enroll here. “Keystone offered a program in line with my educational interests and aspirations,” she confirmed.
In her first year, Evelyn benefitted from her teachers’ encouragement and her peers’ support with easing into the Keystone way of life at her home away from home.“Integrating and adjusting to this new school, curriculum, faculty, student peers and way of learning took me some time,” she shared, “I had to familiarize myself with voicing my ideas and opinions in front of the classroom, which took effort.”
With a soaring requirement for presentations and increasing opportunities for public speaking, Evelyn grew more comfortable as the year progressed. “It was painful at times, but in retrospect, even those times of adjustment now feel very rewarding. Sometimes, you need that extra push to carry on and stretch beyond your limits. Without those experiences, I could not have reached further.”
In due course, Evelyn also gained fluency in considering a blend of world perspectives and cultural angles and in regarding matters as objectively as possible. She learned how to write thesis statements in Chinese and English and studied literary works in both languages and from various eras. In addition, Evelyn assumed the role of dorm proctor, a leadership position in boarding life created to help plan and facilitate a pleasant and safe experience for all boarding students.