Student Letters: Meet Bruce!

It’s time for this student letters feature – meet Bruce! He’s an all around outgoing, funny kid who told our interview team he was “nervous,” but once we got him chatting about basketball, he had such a bright personality! He’s a kid who loves his parents, grandparents, and can’t wait to come to the United States. Interested in finding out more about him or any of the students participating next school year? Visit our photolisting or contact us at!

Student Letters: Meet Bruce

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Dear Sir and Madam,

Here I am eagerly looking forward to attain a golden opportunity to stay with you! First and foremost, please allow me to make a brief and sincere self-introduction to you. My name is Bruce, a 16-year-old high school student from China.

I am brought up in a traditional Chinese family, living with my parents and my grandparents. When I was little, like most kids who lived with their grandparents in China, I was coddled. Because I’m the first grandson that they have, they almost did everything for me. I can still remember when I was a kid everyday when I woke up the clothes I would wear that day had been put on the bedside table. But I didn’t like this kind of lifestyle, neither did my mother. My mother is an able woman who have plenty of expectations on me. So she wanted to develop my independent ability when I was about 4 or 5. Pampered life had gone forever! I started to do housework and learnt to cook with a rice cooker. She is always strict with me, although we had numerous arguments because of her strict requirements, I appreciate her now.

Because of this, my mother sent me to learn drawing when I was 5. She thought I was too active. Actually the power to make decision is in my hand, I love drawing! I learnt to draw for 7 years, from 5 to 12. Sketch is my favorite. When I was 9 I was awarded a municipal second prize for a painting. But drawing learning stopped because my middle school is a boarding school.

After I got into middle school, I found I fell in love with sports. Actually I am always enthusiastic about watching sporting events. The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games was wonderful. I watched table tennis, badminton, swimming and basketball. I started to play badminton in the first year of middle school, however, I found basketball is my love in the second year. I started to play basketball since 14. Unlike my classmates they love LeBron James or Kevin Durant, my favorite basketball players is Kobe Bryant. His wonderful performances in 2008 Olympic and 2009, 2010 NBA finals were really very impressive.

Although I love sports and playing basketball, I also love reading and listening to music in spare time. There is a huge bookcase which is full of books in my bedroom. I think reading can lead me to find peace from the hustle and bustle of life.

Now I’m in high school, like all Chinese high school students under pressure of entering a good university. The first term we had to learn 9 subjects, Chinese, Math, English, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Politics, History and Geography. After the first semester, the division of Arts and Sciences came. I chose Sciences, which meant I would continue studying Chinese, Math, English, physics, Chemistry and Biology. This was the time that I discovered this education system didn’t suit me. I’m good at math, physics, and geography because I like these subjects. What if I force myself to study those subjects I don’t like, I don’t think the effect will be good. This is one of the reasons I want to study in the USA.

Though high school students are under pressure, so most students don’t have a lot of time to participate in club activities. I’m not the same. I joined the national flag group of our high school in senior 1. Now senior 2 as the president of our school’s basketball club, I organized the basketball league matches. My team lost in the finals, but there were many wonderful memories.

This semester I also took part in the school sports meeting. I won the seventh place in the 1500-meter run and the sixth place in the shot-put competition. I am proud of myself because I tried my best.

The most important reason I want to go to the USA is that I can think about what I will learn and who I will be in the future carefully in a suitable environment. I mean, in China, we study day in and day out. Most of us have never thought about what to do in the future. For example, every year there are a large number of high school students that make a quick decision to fill in and sign up the application of the college entrance examination. Such an important thing they make a decision only one night. I think the thing I’m going to learn in university will be thought over and over again. I will make a cautious decision.

I’m looking forward to having a wonderful year with you and your family.

Best wishes

Yours sincerely,





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