One of the hardest transitions for some of our foreign exchange students is choosing a name. For students from cultures with languages very different from English in the United States, many students choose an “English” name to identify by at first, later teaching their host families and new friends their name in their own language. Some students even love the opportunity to pick out a name for themselves, naming themselves after favorite sports stars or important figures in history. This year, we’re excited to welcome three Jacks (Jack, Jacky, and Jackie!) to the program. Each one of these kids offers something special to whichever host family he ends up staying with. Read below to “Meet the Jacks,” and submit a FREE host family application to receive a video of Jack introducing himself in person!
Meet the Jacks
MY dear host family：
Here I am always eagerly looking forward to attain an opportunity to stay with you! Primarily, please allow me to make a brief self-introduction to you before we meet in America.
My English name is Jack. I’m from China. I am a 15-year-old boy who is always outgoing, optimistic, talkative and kind-hearted but also a little bit nervous and unconfident while encounter with a lot of people. Besides, I am always ready to help others in need, so I have a multitude of lifelong friends!
As for my hobbies, I love playing basketball and listening to music, drawing, riding bike and I wonder if you have a pet like dogs that will be wonderful, because I dogs are my favorite animal. So if you have a dog too, I will be agog to meet her/him.
Furthermore, I study in Chengdu No.7 middle school, and because of my poor math, my grades are always in the middle. On the other hand, I think that my P.E is not bad, and I love exercise. Plus my Chinese is actually really good, so if you are interested in Chinese, I am happy to tell you something about it.
First of all, the reason why I want to study in America is that my dream is becoming a basketball player and I think America is the origin of basketball. NBA is the best association in the world, I love its culture, and I want to feel this culture. And plus, I think that American education is more suitable for me ,it can give me plenty of time to do what I want to do , I love freedom that is second reason that I love America. And the most important reason is that the United States is a country that has the most advanced technology. And the education system there encourages origination and creativity. The freedom people enjoy in the U.S. cultivates a culture that is generating millions of new ideas. Being educated in the U.S. will definitely change my life. I will work hard and take every bit of benefit from the opportunity of studying in the United States. I understand there will be difficulties that I have to face. English language is hard for me. There will be culture shock, homesick. However, I feel I am fully charged and ready to face the challenge.
Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to having a wonderful year with you and your family.
Sincerely yours, Jack
My dear host family:
Thank you for considering me as a part of your family.
My English name is Jacky. I am a 16 years old boy desiring knowledge and really excited about this special opportunity of spending a year studying in the U.S. My family and I got to know J-1 cultural exchange program through a friend of my mother. I have never lived in a foreign country before, so I think this would be a very good chance for me to learn US culture and introduce my own culture at the same time. My parents will be very proud of me because I will be the first one in my family and extended family to study abroad. To me, this chance will provide me a wider scene of the world and show me American life style and culture.
I am living in China. Currently I am attending grade 10. My city is a very beautiful tourist city in the province. Thanks to this, I can travel around my city easily and gain such memories of so many nice places. The attractive environment and natural landscapes bolster my city’s reputation as a garden city and a model city of best living environment. It is the third city in the province earning the largest foreign exchange from international tourism, the local government is constantly improving the existing tourist spots and exploring new tourist resources. I was impressed by the long long sea of my area. Over the Ocean Avenue has a large screen and there the children couldn’t stop playing with marine related straight 4D animation. Street lined with tall pillars, each roof is decorated very beautiful, there are numerous color starfish, coral, really let people feel as to the bottom of the sea world. Step over the Ocean Avenue, really into the ocean Kingdom, here are many animal exhibition hall, can watch the dolphins, clever beluga, lovely elephant, manatee, beautiful coral, exquisite small starfish, shells and precious sturgeon. A variety of marine life make people too busy to attend to all a superb collection of beautiful things.
I have various interests. I love science and sports, especially making model planes. In 2014, I participated in the my city’s Teenager Science and Technology Innovation Contest. I ranked the seventh and won the second prize . I was the only one who makes model planes among participants. I was selected a team number to participate in the third province Teenagers’ Science Experience Activity , and won the second prize in physics group in the final . I also have learned Latin dance continuously for 5 years in my childhood and have won prizes in the competitions of provincial and city level for many times . And I also have learned to play the piano and some Chinese traditional musical instruments for a short time. For sports, I like playing ping- pang, badminton, basketball and swimming. In 2012-2013 , I participated in the Audition of the TV show Rong Hong after showing my talent and was selected by the TV crew to play the role of someone in the movie, one of the children sent to study in the U.S. It took 18 days to complete the filming. This is my first contact with the film.
Since my childhood, my mother has paid great attention in my ability to make a speech. I was selected as the outstanding representative to give a speech under the national flag in the school and participated the school speech contest for many times. In Grade 8, I won the first prize in the Dream of See, Journey of Youth Middle School Students Speech Contest with the highest score in my school, and represented my school to participate in the speech contest of city level , and won the excellent award . In addition I have won prizes in writing for several times. I also have an article won the second prize in Moving You and Me, Endless Care Writing Contest held by my city’s Federation of the disabled.
I have a warm family. My mother and father are teachers. She takes pride in her career and always tries to make an effort to complete her mission best as she can. She sometimes works until midnight to correct students’ homework. However, no matter how much she has spent on her job, she is a neat and lenient mother to me. Every evening I get home from school, she waits me in the dining room with dinner that she just made. She also teaches me living skills like cooking and washing clothes. We often share what we see and hear every time we spend time together. My father often tells me interesting knowledge in Physics, and that’s how my interest in science and technology developed.
My responsibility in my family is to wash dishes or clothes sometimes after school. Also, I enjoy cooking with my parents in the evening, greatly relaxed after a long day of studying. I’d like to be a help in your house too.We not usually dine out because they like to cook by themselves. When it’s dinner time, my father tells me the global economical and political situations, and I tell him about my school life. Both of us share true feeling to each other. We have been really good friends, even though we argue a few times. Re-logic (in Chinese) is my dog’s name, he has been so close to me that I call him ‘son’. He has become our family member 2 years ago, I still remember how afraid he was when he first came to my family. Now he grows really fast and builds solid relationship between us. Usually I go out for a walk with him on weekends, he rushes to the door and waits for me every time I call ‘come on and play”. The happiness he brought me is the best memories during years of hard-working.
I greatly appreciate for your consideration for hosting me as an exchange student. I wish you could come to China someday, and I will be very happy to take you to my city if you like. I hope to spend a year with you and your family together, and learn American culture. It would be a very unique experience to add to my life. I look forward to meeting you soon.
Dear host family：
My name is Jackie, a male student from China. I’m looking forward to my near future’s study in the US. And this letter is to assure you that I will be an appropriate host student.
I’m 16 now, and I’m in my first year in high school. I’m the only child in my family, so I have a very close tie with my parents, who have been teaching me to be an independent, kind-hearted and hardworking person. Although it is true that my parents have a big influence on my life, I have always wanted to make decisions for my own life, which is why I plan to participate in this student exchange program.
Here in my city, I engage in a variety of social and campus activities. In the school, I am a member of the viola ensemble in the orchestra. We have a weekly rehearsal, and there are about four or five municipal competitions each semester with other schools. Last year, we even had a contest with a school from the US. I’m excited about music instruments, and I can play both the violin and the viola. Sometimes I play the violin to relax myself. In terms of sports, I like playing basketball, tennis and ping-pong. I play basketball every day after school and I am in the school basketball club. I play tennis every week. There’s a tennis field near my house, so it’s pretty convenient.
I am convinced that I can blend well into American family culture. Although I admit that there’s a big room for improvement for my English, communication won’t be a problem. I like making friends, and I’m always considered an easy-going person. I haven’t had any arguments with my friends or parents. So I believe my politeness and calmness are my favorable point as a host student. And when I’m alone, I will not feel bored because I love reading and listening to music. I’m also a very understanding person. To be specific, I always help people in need, and I don’t make a lot of noise in public occasions. So I think I would be a perfect fit into a host family.
Another reason that I want to make change in my life is that I’m disappointed at the way my current life is arranged in China. Basically, study takes up too much of my time and I am overwhelmed by my homework. I am trying to figure out a balance between my school and my off-campus life, but it always drives me crazy. I negotiated with my parents and we agreed that the student exchange program is a good idea. Since I made the decision, I feel more motivated, and I spend more time improving my English skills. I’m now preparing for the TOEFL, and I find it challenging but interesting.
I hope I can make the best of this trip to America. On one hand, I’m looking forward to enhancing my academic capabilities, particularly my English level. On another aspect, I hope from this experience, I will learn to adapt to the American culture, which will be critical for my future study and even work in the US. I expect to be admitted to a top university in the US and hopefully I can figure out what my academic interest is.
At last, thank you very much for your time to read this letter. I hope you can consider me as a member for your family.
Interested in learning more about hosting Jack, Jacky, Jackie, or any of the other students in SAE’s program? Visit our Host Family Page to find out what makes a good host family or contact one of our Local Coordinators using the form below!