It’s not the excellent me who chose NACIS. It’s NACIS that makes me excellent
This is the third year since I first came to NACIS. I have changed and learned a lot at school. In the past, as a student, I only thought of what I should do. I was never ware of what I could do.
I had been studying in a public school before I was admitted by NACIS and I was unfamiliar with classes in English. I can still remember when I first came to NACIS, I was afraid of learning all the subjects in English. I seldom communicated with teachers, especially in the subjects that required expression such as English and Business.
Business is my selected curriculum in IB and it has given me more than academic knowledge. At that time, the subject teacher was Mr. Fredrick. Despite his outstanding academic and work background, his accent made all of us confused. Although he could speak fluent English, we could only grasp a few words at one class. Frankly speaking, I used to be quite reluctant to learn this subject. One reason was that I had not learnt this subject in public school. The other reason was that I could neither understand my teacher nor express myself. For these reasons, I got an ‘F’ in the first assessment.
Although this result was related to my lack of efforts, I cried in the computer room since I had almost never failed in the past. That was the first time I felt the academic pressure at a bilingual school.
Then, Mr. Fredrick came to talk to me. I can still recall the moving words he talked to me, “I know you may not understand me, but you can feel free to ask me questions. Even if you ask for a hundred times, I will always answer your questions.” At NACIS, you may have communication barriers due to different reasons, but neither the teachers nor the students will stop talking to you because of your ‘difficulty’.
From then on, I shifted from ‘ask me’ to ‘I ask’. What’s more, I understood a truth: It’s better to express your doubts and incomprehension to teachers rather than let them check whether you have understood. After a semester of hard work, I got A+ at the end of the semester. In 2018, Mr. Fredrick left China and went back to Holland. I could not help bursting into tears again, because it was Mr. Fredrick who enables me to have a memorable period of growing up at NACIS. I was really grateful to him.
Another thing that impressed me was at the first year of the establishment of NACIS. Ms. Rebecca told us that there was a chance to send two students as ambassadors to the United Nations in New York. We were asked to prepare an application letter and a public English speech. Though I was eager to have a try, I thought I was not so competitive due to poor English. But my mother told me, “If you don’t try, you will have no chance at all”.