Written by: Timothy Gartz, MSW LCSW / University Guidance Counselor
On February 25, we held our 3rd annual YCIS Pudong Summer Programmes Fair at the Century Park campus. With over 30 organizations represented, the school community was given a great opportunity to learn from a wide-variety of Summer learning options right here in Shanghai and around the world. From Music, Film and the Arts to Language and Education, Sports, University Prep, Global Culture and Service Opportunities parents and students across Year 7-12 were able to actively engage with a wealth of knowledge shared by each of our Year 13 students and professional representatives.
For Mr. Gartz the organizer and host of the event It was a joy to see our students’ excitement, the energy that filled our hall and the transfer of ideas that were shared. While the offerings were extensive a few of the organizations stood out to our students. One Harmony Plus, offers IDEAL (Immersion Discovery Envision Action Leadership) that is a cutting edge, immersive course in the world of startups, technology, business, and innovation offered in collaboration between Stanford and UC Berkeley. While Immerse Education shared their prestigious programmes at the University of Cambridge and Hult International University’s Pre-UniX Summer Challenge sees young people come together, roll up their sleeves, and get hands-on experience in solving a global company’s challenge as creatively as possible in either Boston, London, or San Francisco.
Yet, you don’t need to travel overseas to participate. Summer Programmes and internships are offered right here at home in Shanghai including: Community Center Shanghai’s internships in Family Health and Psychology, short career focused courses at NYU Shanghai’s High School Academy, and Team Education’s College Application Camp CAC! and SAT intense revision and booster programs. Others also offer opportunities to gain confidence and personal skills in education and college prep including: Elite Education, KE Foundation, New Horizons and Princeton Review while Language classes and Sports camps are also available with Mandarin House, That’s Mandarin, Multisport and Children’s Boutique (Tennis).
We were appreciative of all who came and the outstanding presentations of our Year 13 students who brought a wider scope and breadth to the fair. Bobby Cheung Y13, shared his experience at Berklee College of Music, Shiqi Wang shared her experiences at Duke Summer Session, and Haochen Xu and Oliver Robinson shared their experiences with Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and Summer Discovery (UCLA) respectively. Other students shared ways to step outside the classroom and learn new skills and confidence with wonderful diversity from Rustic Pathways global trekking to Embry Riddle’s Aeronautical Flight School.
To drive home the impact of the fair a few of our students share their thoughts:
For Rhena Gan in Year 9: “The fair was exciting and very interesting from Chinese, the Sciences, and Sports; there was such diversity in what we can do and participate in”.
In Year 11 Haley Chu: “I was happy to learn from Team Education Consultants about two summer programmes and the opportunity at Summer@Brown which I applied for. The representative was very knowledgeable and I learned that this programme is more independent than others offering an actual pre-college experience”.
For Nathan Wiltshire Y12: “The summer programme fair is really interesting because there were more options than I would have thought and the professionals there were very friendly. I was surprised to see the Football Rangers Club and MultiSport since I enjoy athletics so much”.
These are just a small collection of the various responses of our students and the impact the fair had on them. Mr. Gartz encourages students to discuss these options with their parents to take further advantage of what was offered. Such programmes can make a difference in academic success and university preparation, self-confidence, and global exposure.