Student profiles - British Studies Summer Programme 2018
Over the summer break, ACS International Schools welcomed twenty students from across America to participate in our long-running British Studies Summer Programme. Meet some of the students and read about their experiences of the residential study trip below.
Gray / 17 years old / Charlotte, North Carolina
I heard about the British Summer Studies Programme from the director of AIS. She is a huge fan of British culture and recommended that I apply. She also helped me with the application process. One major thing I've done in the community was taking part in a huge sale of glass reusable straws in order to cut down the impact of plastic straws on the environment. This is something I am very passionate about and I work hard to keep the environment clean. I also volunteer often at my church – helping to set up for events and helping lead camps for the youth of the Parish.
I think the part of the trip I have enjoyed the most is making friends with all of the students from around the country. We all hit it off very early and we got along like we have known each other forever. Also I have to say I LOVED the Globe Theatre, it was absolutely breathtaking and the show was amazing. The programme has definitely changed the way I look at history. I never knew how much Britain influenced America. For example, I live in the Queen City of Charlotte and our capital is Raleigh.
It is amazing how much of our culture has been affected by the major events in British history. In the future I plan on becoming an actor and I think the fact that I have now been to the Globe Theatre and have done extensive research on Shakespeare and Charlie Chaplin, will help me to excel in the future.
Edward / Age 17 / Houston, Texas
I found out about the programme through a former student at my High School who attended this programme five years ago. My British Studies Summer programme experience can be summed up in three words: 'AMAZING. Eye-opening. Scary.' I am more confident in speaking and exploring. I hope to go into business one day and this programme has opened my eyes to world markets.
Hailey / 16 years old / Charlotte, North Carolina
I heard about this programme through a student from my school who attended last year. I do frequent mission trips and projects with my church, like ASP and Youthworks. I am a part of a National Honors Society, which does community outreach programmes. My favourite part of the trip was going to Winchester College and Winchester Cathedral, because I enjoyed looking at the architecture and learning about British schooling. I also really enjoyed watching Hamlet at the Globe Theatre. The three words I would use to describe the British Studies Summer Programme would be – amazing, life-changing and memorable – I do think this trip has changed my outlook. Seeing the European lifestyle and how activities and observing how waste-free they are has made me want to make some changes. In the future I want to go into International Business and I am hoping this trip will help me get an internship with the BAB (BritishAmerican Business).
Diana / 16 years old / Houston, Texas
I heard about the British Studies Summer Programme from EMERGE. I am involved in the National Honor Society, where we do all sorts of community work such as making blankets for the homeless. The parts of the trip that I enjoyed most were the visits to Stonehenge and Portsmouth. The British Studies Summer Programme has been incredible and life-changing. It has changed my outlook and I now realise that any fears or limitation that I have imposed on myself can be conquered! My ambition is to attend an Ivy League University and hopefully pursue a Biomedical Engineering degree. This trip has helped me realize that there is a plethora of opportunities available that will help me achieve all of my future goals.
Hernan / Age 18 / Baltimore, Maryland
This programme has changed my outlook. I'm excited to travel the world.
Aylene / 17 years old / Houston, Texas
My favourite part of the British Studies Summer Programme was learning about the history of London and its evolution. I loved my visit to Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, and Winchester College. I enjoyed the entire trip and felt welcomed by the teachers at ACS International Schools. I enjoyed meeting people from different states, making new friends and broadening my network. This was a very fullfiling and unforgettable experience for which I am thankful for. This study abroad opportunity has pushed me to acknowledge new and different ideas. I discovered a new passion for learning about different cultures as well as studying abroad. I aspire to run for political office in America in the future. I want to give a voice to underrepresented communities like mine, and help minorities become more politically active. This programme will help me get there because it exposed me to a different environment with a different type of government system. If I want to run for senator I must be well equipped with a wide array of knowledge about all government systems, so I could make the most informed and helpful decisions when taking action.
Dieungoc / 17 years old / Houston, Texas
I found out about the British Studies Summer Programme through my college-preparatory programme, EMERGE. My counsellor recommended it to me, as I had expressed my love of travel. I was directly involved with organising a student protest on the tightening gun control in Houston – the March for Our Lives Movement – and starting an advocacy initiative student group at my high school. During this trip, I particularly enjoyed Stonehenge - I was in complete awe that I was actually there! Aside from of that, my favourite things about the programme were playing soccer games with my newfound friends and bonding through that. An eye-opening, inspiring, amazing experience overall. In the future, I plan on becoming a human rights activist and studying sociology in college. The British Studies Summer Programme has helped me to expand that dream, giving me a global perspective that I can be involved in activism outside of the U.S. in the future. I can now see myself confidently living on my own in the future and taking care of myself. More importantly, I am more confident in my navigation skills, and I love the world.