A Time For Celebration
SEC had the privilege of hosting a holiday party on December 8th with lots of food, music, guest speakers and festive cheer. This month I have the honor of handing over the monthly blog to two students: Nicholas Zhao and Victor Ng, both of whom are starting to apply for university admissions this year. Nicholas and Victor spoke at this year’s celebration. Nicholas spoke about how SEC has helped him and Victor acknowledge all the people who help make SEC such a great place, and I have decided to include their speeches here. Enjoy, and see you in the new year!
-- Mark Lackey
How SEC Helped Me Achieve My Goals
Greetings! My name is Nicholas Zhao, you may call me Nicholas or Nick. My Chinese name is Zhao Yuhao, I was born in The Henan province, Zhengzhou City, China. Two months ago, I just turned 18--what a exciting moment in my life! I’d like to talk about how Solomon Education Center has helped me.
By offering a flexible schedule of courses, SEC helped me improve my English Skills in both reading and writing by offering small class sizes (4-5 people in a class, which means more individual attention) I also boosted my GPA because I do not need to worry about other people’s speed or process, so students can really just focus on themselves and work at their own pace, which is great, because it gives you more room to increase your GPA faster than normal schools. In preparing for the SAT, one on one classes at SEC helped improve my score by 200 points within a month. And for college admissions, there was a large amount of attention given towards working with me on my essay and filling out college forms.
“It is an honor to serve as the president of student council, because in other schools, it is almost impossible for international students to take on that position. This activity helped me better understand myself and take responsibility of others.”
Before coming to the Solomon Educational Center, I was attending a high school in Everett. At that time, I did not have my green card ready yet, so I had to live with host families in Mill Creek, a small city north of Bellevue. It was crucial to do well in all my classes because the courses were not retakable, yet there were few opportunities to talk with teachers due to its large class sizes, often times 20-30 students. Besides this, there was no time to talk with friends at my old school since we might only have one or two classes together for a week and the only time we can meet together is during a short lunch time, about 25 minutes, so our friendships were never that strong. However, I have obtained a lot of friends here at SEC, and I get to see them often because we join clubs together and have classes together.
It is an honor to serve as the president of student council because in other schools it is almost impossible for international students to take on that position. This activity helped me better understand myself and take responsibility of others. In addition, joining clubs, like Diversity Club and Nature Club helped me create more of a connection with people and nature by increasing my knowledge and appreciation of different cultures and plants. Thank you SEC!
-- Nicholas Zhao
A Special Thank-You To Everyone at SEC!
Hello, My name is Victor Ng, I am currently a senior at SEC and serving as Vice President of Student Council. Today’s celebration, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely celebrating the holiday season – but we are creating unique individuals right here at Solomon Education Center. On behalf of SEC Student Council, I would like to take a few minutes to say thank you to all the people involved at SEC from the parents to the staff.
First, to the SEC teachers: I would like all SEC staff: Ms. Heidi, Ms. Erika, Ms. Shanti, Mr. Nathan, and Mr. Lackey to please stand so we can acknowledge you and say thank you for all your hard work and effort.Second, thanks to all of the parents who brought in this delicious food, and who also make sure students arrive on time and are well take care of.
“Today’s celebration, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely celebrating the holiday season – but we are creating unique individuals right here at Solomon Education Center.”
Special thanks to Mr. McPherson, and Mr. Abe Lee, for coming down from Solomon International School to help us here tonight. Finally a special thanks to Principal Richard Lee and Ms. Anna Li for making this event and the center possible in the first place. Lastly I’d like to thank all our performers tonight, Amy on flute, Dora and Sunny playing violin, and Steven on piano.
Thank you all for coming out tonight and celebrating with us this Holiday Season!