It’s time this week for SAE’s student letters feature – Meet Tom! Tom is an AMAZING kid who supports his parents and says Oprah gave him his life motto: find your internal GPS! Every week, we feature one or two student letters of kids applying to our program for the upcoming school year. It’s a great way to learn more about a student and find out if he or she is a good fit for your family! You can meet all of our students on our photolisting and submit a FREE application to learn more about each kiddo in the program.
Student Letters: Meet Tom
Dear Hosting Family,
I am Tom. I just celebrated my 16th birthday this February. I am not the Tom cat, however I think we share some common characters: we both are fun, have a sense of humor and most importantly never stop chasing our dreams! I was born and grew up in the third largest metropolitan city in China. My parents are my closest friends. In my city I have a big family besides my parents: my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and two cousins. We are a loving family that always supports each other no matter what happens in life. During festivals or holidays, we always gather together to have big meals or travel together on tours and share joy. I love my family!
I consider myself really lucky, because my parents support my pursuit to go to study in America as an exchange student. As all teenagers, I am intrigued by American pop-cultures -Hollywood movies, and TV dramas such as the famous “Oprah Winfrey Show”. The more I get to know Oprah, the more I am impressed by her personal journey and how far she has come in life. I am inspired by her words “find your own internal GPS” in the commencement speech that she gave at Harvard University a few years ago. It resonated with me profoundly and I made a decision to study in America. I promise to myself that I must study as hard as I can while in the USA. I am a diligent and optimistic student at school. Besides working really hard on my course works, I am also a teaching assistant for our English class, help organize students in our class ever since the elementary school, and lead many extracurricular clubs including our high school debate team.
I am independent and meanwhile helpful. When my father was ill last winter, I learnt to cook for him. Last month, my mom had a high fever; I accompanied her to see a doctor. I am proud of my cooking. So if you would like to taste my Chinese cuisine, I am happy to make dumpling for you when I am in America. The hardest time that I had experienced was from the winter of 2015 to the summer of 2016, when my grandma was suffering an incurable cancer. It was a difficult time for my dad and our entire family. I was facing my middle school graduation. I lost my focus for a period of time. By comparing with my parents who were still optimistic and never gave up, I quickly realized it was time for me to grow up as a man in the family just like my dad. The way I can help is to stay focused on my school work. I worked really hard on my school works, and in the end I achieved high scores and was admitted in to the No. 1 High School in my city. I learnt a lot from this lesson and had a deeper understanding of the saying ‘God saves the man who saves himself’. I think I grow up, and more importantly I found my own “internal GPS”!
I hope that the exchange program will enrich not only my education but also my experience in life. I hope that during my stay with you, my hosting family, we will get to know each other and become good friends for my time in the US and for our lifetime. We might have different cultural background and perspectives, but this is exactly how it can help both you and me get broad exposure of the world. I strongly believe that this exchange program experience will help build my character as I grow up. And thus I greatly appreciate that you open your home to me!