Using a speech that she wrote for her grade 10 forensics class, Avivi Wang added a video and applied to Stanford's summer school program which only has an 8% acceptance rate. This was the second time that Avivi attended Stanford's summer school program and was excited to take Applied Visual Arts and Design, a new course that Stanford added this past summer. A Shekou International School Gecko since grade 4, Avivi has always been interested in art and design and was excited to take this course after having taken art history at Stanford the year before. Though the application procedure and course were rigorous, Avivi felt well prepared. "We had so much writing in my humanities and forensics courses and of course we were taught to revise and then revise again that I felt prepared for summer school."
Avivi explained that her summer school experiences have helped her to realize that it is important to try different things and you really don't have to plan your major right away. "At Stanford we heard a lot of different speakers and had access to many different resources. I really enjoyed the speakers and realized that before picking a major, I should try different things."
"It was interesting because the design course was all female students and it centered on how feminism can affect the future of design. We had the opportunity to visit IDEO an international design firm founded in Palo Alto that worked on the Apple mouse and did projects with other major companies such as TESLA. This helped us to see different phases of the design process." As her final project, Avivi designed an ice cube that goes into a water bottle and then takes the temperature of the water. She also designed an app to accompany the ice cube.
Though Avivi has plans to apply to Stanford's undergraduate program when she graduates from SIS, she has her sights set on applying for Cornell's visual arts summer school program. "I've always really liked art and want to pursue it as my career. I am taking HL (high level) art in the IB program." In fact Avivi is using her love of art in many of her CAS projects including mural painting at SIS and even around Shekou. Avivi and some of her fellow IB students are even using CAS to spread Gecko spirit by taking portraits of the SIS sports teams. Avivi explained that the grade 11 cohort is very close and though through her eight years at SIS she has had many friends the fact that SIS is not a huge school with 2000 students helps her class to feel like a family.