Part of what we do at Ojisu is verify that a student is ready to come to the U.S. via online interviews. Our employees check their language skills and ensure that they are ready to attend U.S. schools. During these interviews, we often like to ask students why they're excited about coming to America. Here are a few of our favorite responses:
"People can do anything in America....and they are free."
This student was is 11-year-old boy whose goal is to come to school in the U.S. for high school to experience the spirit of entrepreneurship and freedom that we boast.
"I want to make American friends."
This is the number one reason we hear repeated again and again. Many students are most excited at the prospect of meeting Americans for the first time and gaining a more international perspective.
"The educational system attends more to the individual needs of the student more than the Chinese educational system does."
For students coming from China, the American education system is much looser than what they are used to. Memorization and repetition are emphasized in many Asian countries' schools. By contrast, the American system focuses more on creative abilities and working independently--skills that are becoming more desirable in a service-based economy.
"How enthusiastic students are [in America]"
This student had been to America before, and was thrilled to discover so many students were passionate about what they were studying. Since the American system allows students to choose what they study specifically, she was thrilled to find students were so passionate about their studies.
"Introduce Chinese culture and teach my classmates to speak Chinese"
Many students express this sentiment--a desire to increase understanding about China and their culture abroad. At Ojisu, we commend their efforts to bring countries closer together through understanding and friendship. They fully embody our founder's motto: "Bringing two countries together, one student at a time."