VIDEO: The 1,000 li journey to college in America

CHENGDU, China — It was the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu who said that “a journey of a thousand li begins with a single step.”

Lyu describes his work for Eco-Fanpu, an initiative he began to help rural farmers grow crops without soil. Screenshot by GSS staff.

Student filmmakers and GSS correspondents Lintong Lyu of Shude High School in Chengdu and Hantang Qin of the Attached Middle School of Jiangxi Normal University in Jiangxi Sheng produced this video to show the path that some Chinese students in international schools are taking towards their dream of attending college in the U.S.

While students still have to take standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT — definitely familiar to American students — those attending schools with international programs can opt for classes and activities more in line with their interests, such as robotics, animal husbandry and sustainable agriculture.

That said, the road to college in the U.S. is not easy and there are no guarantees that straying from the traditional “gaokao” path will result in success.

According to Lyu and Qin, “although Chinese (students) may face lots of pressure on the road to study in America, they never give up.”

See the video below.

 

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misspelled the name of student Lintong Lyu. 

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