Shanghai Nanmo Private High School BC Offshore Program
In recent years, The English Culture Festival had gradually become one of the traditions in Nanyang Model Private High School. Among many activities that happen in this festival, “The Voice of Nan MO” --singing competition always received the most attention from students. Without doubt, the sponsor of the festival -- the Department of Public Relationship (2018) is trying their best to make some improvements to this competition.
According to the Minister of the public relationship department—Carolyn Cheng said they are now focusing on how to make the competition even more popular. “Last year, when I was still a helper in students’ council, I realized a lot of students missed the opportunities to show their talents because they missed the deadline to sign up,” said Carolyn, “and this year we decided to extend the deadline, with two more weeks!” For those students who are busy with tests, quizzes and projects, this is absolutely good news.
During the interview, Carolyn also indicated that she will add new rules into the competition. Last year, some competitive singers were eliminated before the final. The reason is not because they were not good enough, but due to the differences between judges. Judges may have their own preference of different music styles. As a result, some distinctive singers lost their opportunity to step into last year’s final. In order to prevent the same thing from happening again; Carolyn said she designed “Repechage” this year. Basically, for those competitors who get weeded out, the department of public relationship will organize another round to let them “show off.” I believe our latest policy can help us discover more voices of Nan MO this year!” said Carolyn.
So far, “The voice of Nan Mo” had already started for 2 weeks. The competitors have shown abundant strength, and a variety of ways to perform including: solo, solo with a musical instrument, chorus and group singing.
May the force be with all the singers!
When I was a child, I would stare at my reflection in the mirror, imagining what it would be like to be 18 years old. Surely, I will be an adult. An adult always knows exactly what she is going to do; an adult bears responsibility and is independent. Last week I celebrated my 18th birthday and when I looked into the mirror, I could not stop wondering “How come I do not feel like an adult yet?”
“You won’t just wake up one day and find yourself all grown up. Actually, I had no idea what I was going to do in my first year of university.” Ms. Hale, who has taught me pre-calculus, physics and biology for the last three years said, “I just wanted to try everything. I enjoyed biology 12 in high school and I later found out that is where my passion lies. I also took psychology to learn more about my brother, who has mental illness. Besides, I was also interested in studying languages. I always want to travel around the world and explore different cultures”
During the first year of University, also the first year Ms. Hale left her family, she said “you start to understand more about yourself, about who you are, what you like and you start to re-evaluate your core beliefs.” Ms. Hale confessed that the best part of being independent at first was that she no longer needed to get up early. She liked to be in control of her life, “I thought I could just do whatever I wanted” but she realized that she would need to learn to schedule her time eventually. The only regret Ms. Hale has is that she did not spend enough time with her parents in university, “they made me who I am, and they are really awesome. I realized things I used to take for granted. ”
To my surprise, when asking Ms. Hale for advice to us students who have or will soon become young adults, she replied, “There is no need to take up all the responsibility the moment you are 18 because growing up is a long process.” Ms. Hale strongly recommended that we should try everything at least one time, those things that terrify you may turn out widening your horizon. “What could be the worst outcome of trying new things? You could simply never do that again in the future.”
When Ms. Hale was in her fourth year of university, she made up her mind that she would like her career to involve helping people but could not decide between whether to be a teacher or a therapist.
“So I flipped a coin. Yes, I just flipped a coin. I love my life now. ”
Life is not a marathon, it is a journey. It is not about being at the top; it is about the experience of finding our own way. Looking around the classroom, I wonder where life is going to lead the Graduating Class of 2018. I wish each one of us will be an explorer of life and one day I hope we will each find our passion.