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My Chinese Student, A Leader At Yale University

Popularity 1Viewed 8927 times 2018-8-13 01:00 |Personal category:Education|System category:News


Lucy Mao, one of my long-time students' mother, here in China, contacted me today to let me know something. Her son, my student, is Gary Mao. His father is one of the top level, city leaders here in Zhengzhou, a city of 12 million people.

About two months ago, just before I left to go back and visit my family and friends in Texas, Lucy, Gary's mom, invited me to dinner with her and Gary. We went to one of the nicest restaurants in this city. In fact, it was a 'members only' restaurant (a first for me in China).

The reason for the dinner is to let me know that Gary, a recent high school graduate, had just been accepted into a program at Yale University. We had a great time celebrating his achievement.

Well, now, August 11, he is at Yale in an orientation program with other international students. Students from all over the world including Dubai, France, England, Switzerland, Finland, Indonesia, China, Japan and many others. There were about 300 students his age there.

Out of the 300 or so students, they had to choose a leader for a project they are to complete. The criteria was to find a person fluent and eloquent enough to be their spokesperson. Well, you know who they chose, don't you?

Of course. They chose Gary Mao, my student.

Gary is helping round out the list of Chinese students that we've been able to help place in the top schools in America. He is our first student to get accepted to Yale. We've already had one who was accepted (and has now completed) into Harvard Medical School, another one who is starting her third year at Princeton, another who gained acceptance to Johns Hopkins, and a few hundred more who are all in the top 3% of universities in the USA.

We are proud of Gary for not just 'getting in' to such a school, but, to be chosen as a leader based upon his English speaking skills.

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Michael is the author of the transformational book, Powerful Attitudes. He is a professional educator, an educational consultant, an author. He lives in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. He enjoys playing guitar and writing poetry. He loves China.


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  • Is America or China Great? 2019-5-18 16:01

    I notice you stay in Central China's Zhengzhou City, and why do you need to travel to HK for visa renewal when you may have done it in Chengdu or Xi'an, which is closer to you?

  • Is America or China Great? 2019-5-18 15:45

    I agree with you totally. At this critical moment when both sides call bluff to each other, we need more rational people like you. I think whether a person or a country or whatever a unit it is great or not great, the judgment can only be made 100 years or more after his or its death or longer by a third party without direct connections with him or it.  And to compare two countries to decide which is greater is ridiculous and makes no sense. As the Chinese spokesmen of various deparments said earlier, there will not be a winner in any trade wars. Let us wish Donald Trump to have good senses and do not make himself Donald Duck, who is hilarious but annoying.

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