David, our student at BE, has nearly reinvented himself after a 1-year study in Wellesley House.
One year ago, the Headmaster of Wellesley House School asked David, “Do you have any questions?”
The innocent boy winked and stuttered with his lame English, “What do you have for breakfast and lunch? Is there some milk？”
Wellesley House School
One year after in Oundle School, the admission officer asked the same question, “Do you have any questions?”
This time, David, with standard British accent, talked with assurance, “Could you describe the tuck shop in your school? How do you manage phones and computers?”
You may not believe it's the same person that you saw only a year ago. After living and studying in Wellesley House School for a year, David has remolded himself completely.
An interview not so typical
The interview of Wellesley House School was full of fun. When Sandy, our tutor at BE, accompanied David in his personal visit to the school, she asked the Headmaster, “Are we going to set up an interview?”
“But we just finished the interview already”, the Headmaster said craftily.
During the visit, the Headmaster kept up casual conversation with David. For example, when they saw boxing in the sports field, he would ask David if he had any interest in it. Walking past the library, he asked what books he loves reading. A kid cannot hide his true feelings. If he's really into something, you could see a sparkle in his eye.
David also showed his talent in flute. In England, he met a girl who likes playing clarinet. They exchanged their musical instrument with each other and tried out on it. This experience seemed to have generated some sense of belonging and achievement in him.
Through the pressure free conversation, the Headmaster of Wellesley House School got to know about David, found his strengths and potentials, and thus gave the offer letter.
A setback that made him stronger
Academic pressure in UK schools are not as intense as in China whilst some international students still need a time to adapt to the new environment. David was one of them.
An overseas study experience with no family being around is a great opportunity for a young child to learn independence. Before going to Wellesley House School, David used to go to public schools in China. So he's a bit slow in English language. He cares about how others might think of him, just like all adolescents. So for a long time, David was depressed.
In fact, he had achieved great progress in English. He grew a British accent and gained greater fluency, outperforming many of his Chinese peers. The difficulty was that no matter how hard he tried, he couldn't eliminate the gap between him and local students.
However, a person in adversity may unleash a strong power that even himself could hardly imagine. Each day, David went beyond himself and thus made rapid progress.
One year later, his efforts finally won him an offer letter from a UK junior high school
The new David
When David applied to junior high schools in the UK, it was still Sandy that accompanied him to do the school visit. This time, David was completely different.
The questions get deeper when it comes to high school. In the interview of Oundle School, the admission officer asked “What have you been reading recently?”
The boy in British accent, talked about a book describing how a child helped people see a colorful world again after the war, full of confidence and composure.
He expressed his thoughts in a clearly and organized way, and his oral English was more than fluent, which lit up the admission officer's eyes. As expected, David got the offer letter from Oundle School successfully.
Within merely a year, David has developed a radically different way of thinking, achieved great fluency in English which even impressed the admission officer. More importantly, he mastered the ability of independent thinking and independent living.
This is the magic of a UK prep school