Q&A with Singapore Exchange Students

Chan Kong Yeong

Q: What are some of your interests/favorite activities in Singapore?

A: “Ride a motorcycle to work, in Singapore you are in the tropics and don't get winter so we ride all year long. I used to ride a Harley which is quite common”

Q: Where else, if anywhere, have you traveled in America? Is it what you expected?

A: “First time in the states, so Connecticut is not what I expected because most people understand America through popular media and pop culture. The focus is on the bigger cities like New York and Los Angeles. Most people don't know Westport but know Yale or Harvard. This part of Connecticut is relatively unknown to people of Asia, but it is quiet, clean and people are polite, the drivers are patient”

Q: Do you know any other international languages, if so, what are they and how did you learn them?

A: “I teach Chinese language in school so we basically speak English and Mandarin in school. Most Singaporeans know at least 2 languages, English being their working language and their native language. Chinese people, Indian people and Malay people. Descendants of people who migrated to Singapore in the 1900s. So for most of these boys, grandparents or great grandparents migrated to China.”

Q: What do you think are the major cultural differences between Singapore and America, if any? Were they what you had expected?

A: “I don’t think so. I mean just look at them [the boys] They are just so comfortable right now. So if there were to be a huge cultural difference you would be able to see them. Since they are so comfortable right now this is a testament to how little the difference would be.”

Q: What inspired you to become a teacher? Explain

A: “My teachers back then when I was a student, in the same school…My teachers back then set very good examples for us and I think those were the people who inspired me and my peers to pick up this job.”

Cedric Hong-e

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: “I don't usually have a lot of free time, but I do a lot of video editing. I'm actually in my school’s student council so I am part of the publications committee. So if you go to my schools page, a lot of the videos and posts are under me.”

Q: How are classes different here than at your school? How so?

A: “Lessons here are quite different in the sense where maybe the teachers are more attention-grabbing. In my school it's more of once the teacher comes to class they just start teaching for one straight hour of learning, it gets pretty boring at times. [Classes at Staples are] quite entertaining.”

Q: How has this trip differed from your expectations?

A: “One thing that's very different is probably what I think about people. I guess, when I see the news, it's all about the gun shootings. It's a bit more violent than people may be. Here everyone is so friendly, so nice and so welcoming. It’s very heartwarming.”

Q: What made you want to become an exchange student?

A: “I have had an option to actually go to either Taiwan or the U.S. [First], I had already been to Taiwan twice so I thought why not come to the U.S. and the US is so far away [so] I didn't know if I would have the opportunity to come any more times.”

Q: Before you go home, what is one thing you want to experience?

A: “I kinda want to experience what a football game is like. I missed the previous two [games] because it was raining and one was at night when it was freezing. I wish I could [because] football is not really a thing in Singapore.”

Zhan Sheng

Q: Why did you decide to become an exchange student?

A: “There’s this program in our school called the bicultural studies program, and this is one of the trips that they promised us if we join the program. Me, personally, I am very interested in both America and China, so I joined this program to learn more. And this trip, actually, is a really good eye opening experience because it’s my first time in the U.S.”

Q: What languages do you speak/learn in Singapore?

A: “In school, for all subjects, we teach it in English, other than Mandarin Chinese. So, in Singapore, actually, we start speaking English from [a young age], so it’s a lot of our first languages together with Mandarin Chinese, it’s just that we tend to have an accent and we tend to mix in dialect and Chinese in our speaking [...] we call it Singlish.”

Q: What were your expectations of America and how have those expectations been shattered or met by actually being here?

A: “[Americans], I imagined were going to be very outgoing and it has definitely met my expectations. Everyone is really warm and friendly and welcoming, so I really like that. There were some negative stereotypes like obesity, or things like that, but honestly I don’t see that here. I understand that this isn’t a full image of the entire U.S., but I really like it here.”

Q: What are some things you like to do in your free time?

A: “I like to play basketball, and also I’m in the school band, so I play the saxophone. During my free time, I probably would go play basketball, but y’know there’s not alot of free time back there, because the pace of living is really fast.”

Q: Are you staying mostly in this area for the other trip or are you going to other areas?

A: “Yeah, it’s mostly in this area. For the whole trip [I’m staying] in my buddies house [...]. [But] we do go to nearby areas, such as Boston, New York, yeah things like that. I [went] to Boston, I think, two days ago, [...] we went to Harvard, shopped around. The seafood is really good. I tried a shrimp roll and lobster, I really loved it. New York, I think, [we go to] afterwards”

Wei Wen

Q: In 3 words, what has your experience in the US been like?

A: “Firstly I would say interesting, because it is a very different environment from where I live. The weather, the architecture, it's all different. Secondly, I would say tiring because it was a very long flight from Singapore. The time difference is 13 hours. It felt like we left one day, and arrived the next because the flight was almost the whole day. Thirdly, I gotta say it has been informative. I feel like we learned quite a bit about culture, like the way people here interact with one another, which is quite different from Singapore.”

Q: How is the US different from Singapore?

A: “People talk to each other more and are more friendly than in Singapore where we are kinda more rushed.”

Q: Before you go home, what is one thing you want to experience while you are here?

A: “This may be very conventional, but the food. We have tried steak, burgers, seafood and a bit of everything. My favorite has probably been the seafood. The mode of preparation is different than in Singapore, so it is quite nice.”

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: “In my free time, normally I would choose to do some sport, like football with my friends and also tennis. But I would say that most of the time, when I have free time, it is late at night so I’m a bit tired and I just listen to music. Some American pop, but mostly Korean and Chinese.”

Q: What is one Korean artist that you would recommend?

A: I would recommend NewJeans. They kind of incorporate some elements of music from around the world. Other groups kind of follow the way that groups before them have done it. Their style is more diversified and has a different convention for each song.

Victoria Tian

Q: What do you do as a teacher? And what type of teacher are you?

A: “I’m an English teacher. My day-to-day job consists of teaching, but also preparing for teaching, and also sometimes managing the emotions of my students.”

Q: What are your first impressions of Westport? And Staples culture as a whole?

“Oh, I think it's really a really friendly town. And, you know, you guys are really lucky to be here. Yeah, you guys have great nature. Great skills, great transport. I would say you guys have a lot more choice and freedom in your lessons both in your lessons and choice of lessons as well. That's one key difference between here and Singapore.”

Q: What part of Singapore culture do you take honor in?

“I appreciate that we are a very safe country. One other thing I think is technology. We have this app that every citizen in Singapore has, and you can at a glance and get all your details, which might be considered dangerous, but it's well managed. So your details are protected, but it's very convenient to pay our taxes and do everything from them.”

Q: Have you lived anywhere other than Singapore?

“Yeah, I actually taught in Japan for two years. It’s so different, but It's good. I can speak conversationally in Japanese, but probably beyond that I'm speaking Chinese conversationally as well. I think interestingly in Singapore we use English most of the time, so it's a struggle to maintain proficiency in other tongues; sometimes it’s a bit rusty.”

Q: Would you ever consider moving to America?

“Sure. It depends on where and if they'll have me. I am not so young anymore, so maybe I might not have as much energy to consider the process. But I definitely want to come back for vacations; I really want to visit California and the West Coast.”

Q: How is the food in Singapore?

“It’s great. I think if you like stronger flavors that’s the place to go. It’s a very globalized city so you can find foods from all over the world.”

Kayden Seah

Q: What does a day in your life look like? What do you do in your free time? Why do you like that?

A: For me, I like to go out and shop with my family. We go to the neighborhood library because my sister likes to read. We go to the diner sometimes. Family is really important.

Q: Why did you decide to do this program? Why did you want to study in the US?

A: We are all enrolled in a program called a bi-cultural studies program. It is a two-year program in our school offered to grades nine and ten. So, in this program we get to go on trips, so before this we actually went to Taiwan for two weeks. Now we are here for another two weeks. What this program aims to achieve is to let us have a more exposed view to the world. This is really important because as the world gets more globalized, we have to meet people with different cultures, backgrounds, and heritage. Having all of these trips will let us be equipped with all of the skills and knowledge necessary.

Q: How is Staples different from your school in Singapore?

A: Things like TV production, Radio, all these things are like after school clubs for us and we have to sign up for it. And it might get quite tiring after all the lessons in the day so its pretty nice to see all these incorporated into the main curriculum.

Q: What is your favorite subject in school and why?

A: English literature, I don't take Chinese or Mandarin literature. The main reason I choose English literature is because I get to read different texts from different countries, different cultures and sometimes we get to learn things that are beyond the classroom.

Q: What is your favorite class that you’ve seen at Staples? Why?

A: For me it would be this class, Advanced Journalism because fun fact I was the Chairman of Mandarin Journalism Council at my school and it was really interesting to see how journalism can take place in different countries and how they have different forms and practices. For example the idea of consent before interviewing is very important but over in Singapore, I wouldn't say its not important but maybe they wouldn't take such a serious take on it.

Kim Jun Yang

Q: What does a day in your life look like? What do you do in your free time? Why do you like that?

A: Academy-wise, if we are in school, then our day will be a lot of lessons. It will be math, English, China studies and Chinese… we take ten subjects. We have one recess and one lunch. We have [clubs] afterwards. In a normal day, like the weekends, we will spend the day studying or maybe go out and have fun. I like to watch anime and listen to k-pop when I have free time.

Q: Why did you decide to do this program? Why did you want to study in the US?

A: He [Kayden] kinda said everything.

Q: How is Staples different from your school in Singapore?

A: There’s a lot of defining differences, one of them being in our school we have a homeroom. You guys move around a lot, so I think that is quite cool.

Q: What is your favorite subject in school and why?

A: Mandarin and Chinese because I speak a lot of Mandarin in my household and I also have developed a very strong interest in Mandarin and Chinese culture so when I engage with the Chinese teachers at home I feel like I am in a space where I am comfortable. I also like to be exposed to this type of literature, all the chinese stuff.

Q: What is your favorite class that you’ve seen at Staples? Why?

A: Psychology because it is usually something we only see in University or College. We don't really have that as a lesson. I like that class a lot.

Zachary Wong

Q: What’s your favorite thing about America? Why?

A: “Definitely the people. Everyone is very warm and enthusiastic. There is nothing you can’t say to them. Like, for example, a few days ago I accidentally spilled soup on someone’s shoe and she just said ‘it’s ok.’ Everything just passes over their heads.”

Q: How is your school different from Staples?

A: “What’s mainly different is where we take lessons and how they’re, like, carried out. We stay in the same class and teachers come to that class. Here, you go to different classes and meet the teachers.”

Q: Before you go home, what is one thing you want to experience?

A: “Before I came I really wanted to see the Manhattan skyline. Mainly New York interested me but I love skylines and nightlife so the Manhattan skyline was one that I really wanted to see.”

Q: How has this trip met/differed from your expectations?

A: “I didn’t realize how serene the town was. I thought it would be more metropolitan, like Boston. It is very quaint and I wasn’t really expecting that.”

Q: What do you like to do in your free time and why?

A: “My main hobby is playing ping pong because it’s a very popular sport in Singapore. Otherwise, I love dramas, whether that’s detective dramas, romanticism dramas or thriller dramas. I like to watch them in different languages as well.”

Cedric Chua

Q: Tell me a bit about yourself.

A: My name is Cedric Chua. I am 16. The schooling system works differently in Singapore than in the U.S, so this year is my graduation year from [secondary] school - next year I’ll be moving on to junior college when I’ll be turning 17.

Q: From getting a glimpse of a school setting in the United States, how similar or different do you think it is from school in Singapore and why?

A: The most prominent difference is in the U.S, you have to go about to different classrooms for different classes. For us we have somewhat like a homeroom where a group of students, my class is 32 students, will take the same classes and the teacher will come to our class instead of us traveling around. One thing I quite like is the cafeteria food [at Staples], although it might be a little bit pricey. In Singapore, I think canteen food is regulated to be much healthier for example, no fried food or whatsoever, so it can get quite boring at times, although we have a larger variety of Asian food.

Q: How does Singaporean culture vary from American culture? Why?

A: I think people here in the U.S. are very outspoken and also quite friendly, so like, even if you are just strangers on a shuttle bus or whatever, you could just start a conversation. It doesn’t happen in Singapore. So this part, I quite admire. I think in Singapore, people are quite reserved and they like to do their own things themselves. In the U.S everyone is very friendly and it has been very comfortable because when we come over here, people are very welcoming to us. This is actually my first time [in the U.S.] I haven’t actually traveled out of Asia [before]. I’ve been to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, China and a few other places. Actually, we had a 2 week exchange program in Taiwan before coming to the U.S.

Q: What are your favorite subjects in school? What do you like about them?

A: We have English, Chinese, Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Social Studies, I take China Studies in Chinese and I also have English Literature. My favorite subject is Maths because I am a bit better at it. It is a bit more enjoyable when you understand and know how to solve the questions. [My class] is called Integrated Maths, where we do additional maths and essential math as part of the Cambridge academic structure. It involves trigonometry, calculus and algebra all in one subject.

Q: What are some of your hobbies/what do you like doing in your free time?

A: Truthfully, as a student in Singapore, we don’t have a lot of free time to ourselves because our lessons can start at 8:00, and we have after school curricular activities that end at 6:00 or 7:00 or even later - that way when we get back home we still have homework. We have a wide range of afterschool activities - mine personally is a uniform group. You don’t see it over here at Staples, but mine is called St. John's Brigade. We mainly do first aid, drills, etc. It’s a paramilitary kind of feel. [When not doing homework or school], I like to play mobile games or usually just use the time to catch up on my sleep.

Haoran Liu

Q: How is school life in Singapore different from school life in America?

A: “So, the biggest difference is that in Singapore, you get a homeroom, and teachers have to roam around to find you. But here, it's different. You have to look around everywhere to find your class. And it’s more academic central in Singapore. Like, we don't get to hang out with our friends. But my host told me she hangs out with her friends almost every day after school.”

Q: Do you miss your family when you go on foreign exchange trips?

A: "To be honest, I’ve lived with them for my entire life. So when I’m on these trips, I'm always like, “I'm free!”

Q: Do you have any pets?

A: “No, my mom's scared of cats and dogs. But my dad and I are huge dog people. I was born in China, and I moved to Singapore, so we have dogs back in China. But we have no pets in Singapore.”

Q: "What’s your favorite class that you’ve been to and why?"

A: “Photography is very fun, because in Singapore, we have this thing called Media Tech. So it covers photography, video making, editing and stuff like that. But it's a club, and I can’t join it because I’m already in another club. But here, it’s a class, and I find that stuff very useful. I think they were editing with Photoshop or something. And I learned how to brighten [my photos] up using Lightroom. So I find it really fun, and the vibe is nice ocean.”

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: “In my free time after the school day, I just like to sit back, listen to music and consume media. Like Youtube, watching sports. I watch the NBA usually, but my host family got me into watching the NFL.”

Boran Liu

Q: What is something that you like about America so far? Why?

A: “The people are really nice and there is a big variety of food. Also the houses are very big and in Singapore it is a city so the buildings are very congested.”

Q: Is there anything that you miss having in the time you’ve been here?

A: “I miss some Asian food. We all grew up eating Asian food. My favorite is Chinese fried rice with chicken.”

Q: Would you want to come back to America for fun or to study at college in the future? Why or why not?

A: “Yes of course, I think both. I haven’t really considered if I want to go for college here since it is very far away from home, but I would love to visit.”

Q: Why did you choose or want to come to the US?

A: “We are part of a cultural exchange program in our school so we get to go on immersion trips. We were in Taiwan before coming to the US.”

Q: What do you like to do in your free time and why?

A: “I play the piano. I prefer listening to classical music so it is cool to learn.”

Elgin Low

Q: How would you describe your experience with the Staples community?

A: "American people, and people at Staples are very outgoing, cheerful, rowdy. They’re very extroverted, ready to reach out. Back in Singapore, people are a lot more conservative, you know because it's very traditional, they’re a lot more reserved around strangers."

Q: In your opinion, what is the biggest “culture shock” about American schools?

A: "The biggest culture shock has been the food. American school food is good, better than back home. But also, [that] most of the school is indoors. When it’s hot, there’s air conditioning in the classrooms and out in the halls, too, and when it gets too cold, there is heating. Back at our school, because it's tropical there, all year round, most of it is open to the outdoors."

Q: What’s something you’re an expert in?

A: "Running. I’ve been doing it for like, 10, years now and I kind of know the ins-and-outs. I know all about how to stretch and the exercises, and since I’m running so much, it has allowed me to become in-tune with my body, more than the average person."

Q: What do you enjoy about running?

A: "For me, running is just putting one foot in front of the other. When I’m running, I’m not thinking about anything, I’m just living in the moment, and I think that’s why I’ve continued to do it for so long, because it's always been very freeing."

Q: Before you go back home to Singapore, what is one thing you want to make sure you experience here in the US? Why?

A: I’ve always wanted to see Times Square, but we’re not doing that, which is fine. To be frank, I’m really looking forward to playing basketball here. I haven’t gotten to do that yet. But America is the birthplace of basketball, it was invented here, so I really hope I get the chance to play.

Hongrui Niu

Q: What has your experience been in America?

A: “So I think we’ve mainly been in Staples with our American counterparts, buddies, that were actually staying with in there houses, and we’ve also been in this past week, New Heaven, went to Yale, Boston, we went to Harvard, And we also went to Greenwich and Stamford which are the neighboring towns around here. And it’s been a really cool experience, here’s a lot of welcoming and pleasant people in Westport”

Q: Why did you want to go on this trip to America?

A: “This trip is always interesting for me because I've never been to the states. And American cultural power is strong, the sense on social media like YouTube, Instagram, you'll see videos, photos of, you know, displays that you've never been through that you're so curious about any seafood like lobster roll, Texas barbecue that you want to try or even influence our products like missing these festivals, these chocolate and I don't know prime. We don't have that in Singapore. So this is like a brand new experience. And it's super cool to actually see all the stuff that you see in movies.”

Q: How does Staples differ from your school in Singapore?

A: “I think there's a lot of different for example, the most noticeable one would be the timetables (schedules), you get to choose more specified courses, advanced journals, science, research, honors, yeah, free count. But we just have like a generic math, science, English letters. So our math is taught systematically, we don't get to choose what we are wanting to do. So that's cool.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time

A: “For me, I actually like to do a lot more, quote quote, introverted stuff like, I like to play Minecraft can share even Stardew Valley. And I like to do art it in the sense that it's paintings, sketching, sketching, and I like to play chess actually, that's my club, so called clubs and societies here in my school. But recently, I've been trying to pick up more sports action, basketball and running and everyone here is so sporty.”

Q: What is one thing you want to do before you go home?

A: "I want to go to New York City. They are actually taking us there on the last day of our trip, but we don't get to go to Time Square. I think that's a shame. But it's such a busy area. So I understand why they won’t take us there."

YI Zhe Ang

Q: Do you have any hobbies? What do you do in your free time?

A: “I like playing video games and watching movies. In terms of sports, I'm on the table tennis team. I've been playing it since I was young. I also love to play basketball at school. I would say that my favorite movie is Interstellar.”

Q: What made you want to come to visit America?

A: “A lot of the content which I consume is on American Tik Tok and Youtube, I really just wanted to experience the culture and eat the food. There are things here that I can't eat in Singapore that you can eat here like Takis, Dr. Pepper, and Prime drinks.”

Q: What about Connecticut shocked you/something that you didn't expect?

A: “I underestimated how cold it would be here. In Singapore, it's very hot, with an average of 90 or higher. Everyday in America has been really cold, and it even snowed one day.”

Q: What has been your favorite class while at Staples?

A:I have a few! First, Discrete math: we worked on decoding stuff, and we don’t have that in Singapore so it’s very interesting. I would also say Audio Production, because we made beats, and Journalism.

Q: Do you prefer life in Singapore or in the United States?

A: I enjoy Singapore, but it’s very stressful and has a fast pace of life. Especially as we get closer to 11th and 12th grade. Here, it is much slower and relaxed. Yesterday I went to a Jets game, which was fun.

Pngran Yang

Q: What has been your favorite part of the trip so far?

A: “My favorite part of the trip has been the Harvard trip. We went to Boston and in the morning when we got to Boston we went to Harvard University and I like the building style, it’s nice, like red bricks. In the afternoon in Boston, we went to an aquarium and I saw a very cute penguin and a sea turtle which I don’t usually see in any other aquarium.”

Q: What do you normally do in your free time?

A: “I usually just stay at home and [play] game[s]. I’m a mobile gamer. My favorite game is ‘Brawl Stars’ and ‘Clash of Clans’. I’ve put in many hours and that’s why I like it.”

Q: Do you have a sibling? Is there anything you like to do with your sibling?

A: “I have a sibling, an older brother. He’s in the same school as me. He just finished the university entrance exam. [...] We don’t really talk much, you know, because we are older. [...] I think when I get back I will play games with him to bond. When I get back I will watch movies with my family, like movie nights.”

Q: Do you have a favorite food?

A: “I don’t really have a favorite food, but I think most of the Singaporean food I am okay with. For example, chicken rice, char kway teow, prawn noodles, I can take those and I like them.”

Q: Is there anything you want to do in particular before you leave the United States?

A: “I just want to walk the dog. I don’t have a dog in Singapore and when I come my host family has a dog named Reggie. He’s really cute and it’s my first time touching a dog. It feels so nice and cuddly. So I really want to walk him but it was raining yesterday so I didn’t have the chance yet, so I hope I will get a chance.”

Zhao Chenguang

Q: What happens after high school

A: So we have four years of high school, we start high school at 13, and we end at 16. Then after high school, we have two years of junior college. Then after that, at 18 we have two years of military service. I want to be in the marines. Then after that we go to the university.

Q: Is your military boys and girls?

A: Only boys are mandated to go into the military, girls can too if they want to.

Q: What is your favorite thing about America? Why?

A: Maybe the environment here. The weather is okay. It’s a very serene environment, you are very close to nature. There are a lot of trees, and stuff like that. We don’t have that in Singapore.

Q: What are some differences between Singapore and Connecticut?

A: Most people here live in houses. Most of us in Singapore live in apartment buildings. 80%m of us live in apartment buildings, that are made by the government

Q: What sport do you play? What is it like?

A: I play basketball. It is pretty popular in Singapore. I am a guard, like on the sides. I am one of the shorter ones.

Q: What are some hobbies? What genres do you like? What book are you reading now?

A: I love to read, I read a lot. I read fiction, Chinese fiction, English fiction, and nonfiction. Right now I am reading How to Kill a Mockingbird.

Ruiqi Shi

Q: How has your experience at Staples High School been?

A: I think my experience has been really fun so far when it comes to classes and following a student around. I think the food here in the cafeteria is a lot better than what we have and the number of choices when it comes to classes. There’s a lot more fun classes.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time and why?

A: I do sports, I do judo which is a type of martial arts and I like to do digital art in my free time, so I have an ipad and I kind of just draw on it. Recently I’m trying to learn like humans, especially proportions like so bone structure or anything to do with that and especially with colors.

Q: If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

A: I would go to the Netherlands probably because I feel like the atmosphere would be really fun and accepting. I would want to learn about how the structure of the country is there and just explore.

How does Staples and America differ from Singapore?

A: Because I am partnered with someone who is 17, I’ve seen that everyone here can drive and everyone here has a car. So, in Singapore, that is not really the case. First of all, cars are a lot more expensive, so a baseline Toyota would sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars. I think the driving age is lower here as well. So, basically no one drives in Singapore.

Q: What was your favorite class here at Staples and back in Singapore?

A: So far, I think psychology is probably the most fun class. The teacher was really chill and what they were learning was just something that I’ve never done before, so it was a lot more engaging than some of the other classes I've been to.

Zancong Koh

Q: What was your reaction when you found out about the opportunity to come to Staples?

A: I was really excited because my parents don’t really like to come to America, so they wouldn’t bring me to America, so if I came with the school, it would be a really fun opportunity.”

Q: What did you do to prepare to come to Staples?

A: We had one day of talks, and we had to prepare a slide of something about America so my group did [a presentation] about New York.

Q: What types of trips have you gone on while in the U.S.? What was your favorite and why?

A: We have been to New Haven, we went to Yale, and afterward, we went to Jordan’s Furniture and went on the giant ropes course. Then two days ago, we went to Boston, and we went to Harvard and Quincey Market. And, yesterday we were out with our host families and I went to Target and Costco because Singapore doesn’t have those things.

Q: What are your favorite hobbies in your free time?

A: Usually, I don’t read books, I game or watch YouTube or scroll on Instagram. I play Call of Duty and FIFA Mobile.

Q: What are your favorite places you have traveled to?

A: I traveled to Japan, Taiwan, New Zealand, and Malaysia. New Zealand was my favorite place because it is really relaxing and peaceful. I went hiking in one of the large mountains, and it was really interesting because it was quite rainy.

Wang Dankun

Q: Where in Singapore are you from?

A: “I was born in China immigrated to singapore in 1997”

Q: Are American schools like what you thought it would be? Why or why not?

A: “Not as stressful, actually very busy and everyone is working so hard and you are under a lot of stress.”

Q: What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?

A: “Usually reading articles about contemporary issues I enjoy listening to music and doing exercise.”

Q: Do you have any pets?

A: “When I was young I had dogs, cats, cats and goats. I used to live on a farm but when I went to university I went to cities.”

Q: What did you want to learn when coming to Staples High School?

A: “I wanted to know about the difference in the education system. As a teacher I want to learn about student life, how do you handle stress.”