Standing on the platform, lecturing and drafting complicated formulas on an iPad Pro, I was one of the most popular coaches for the Chemistry Olympic Game in the City of Beijing. I was trained to memorize hard facts from laboratories and experiments, to calculate complex data, and to train the most intelligent athletes in the subject of Chemistry. On the other hand, I love travelling around the world, and I have visited more than 40 countries. Therefore, human geology and personal anthropology are my favorite topics during my travelling. I recorded narratives from a Vietnamese, who suffered from the Agent Orange, a poisonous defoliant used in the Vietnam War, is still seeking compensation. I can still remember why the topographical features and climatic attributes provide fertile soil for the prosperity of rice cultivation. I cannot put aside the restless curiosities from my travelling in my classroom and I wish to find more interesting spirits sharing the same interests with me. I choose to continue my graduate study in a university in the US.
As a high school teacher who discontinues his work and participates in the StepUp program in Lehigh University, I am very pleased to meet a lively community in the City of Bethlehem, PA. I was amazed to see the Gothic architecture around the campus: the Rotunda from Linderman Library and the tower from the Alumni Memorial Building. Besides these buildings, I love the curriculum here! Although having participated and witnessed many different ESL programs around the US, I was totally satisfied by this program! Student-orientated, this program not only prepare me academically but try to help me to be integrated into the community and even the American society. Besides, traditional writing intensive courses and speaking fostering courses, innovated courses, such as Communication on Campus, teach me valuable lessons on how to start, miantain and end a conversation. Most importantly, I love people here! I have six instructors with totally different styles. Teresa is gentle and helpful, Mary earnest and punctual, and Ashely serious and a little tough. When they build the ESL department, it becomes a beautiful scene.
I wish I would enjoy my life as a student in the StepUp program and learn more form my instructors.