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Creative Writing Skills Sharpened at Oxford
Posted 09/07/2016 03:54PM

Grade 11 student Lisa Peng is considering Oxford University in England once she graduates from Shekou International School. What better way to learn more about a university before applying than spending two weeks taking a summer school course. That is exactly what Lisa Peng did and in the process she sharpened her writing skills. Lisa took a creative writing course from a published author and over the two week course submitted a short story and a poem that her professor critiqued.

"The English classes at SIS prepared me so I did not feel nervous in handing in my work to a college professor," explained Lisa. "The course was academic but we also went on field trips and had time to explore Oxford." While Lisa can see a future career in writing she is looking toward journalism or possibly editing.

Lisa's experience at Oxford helped her understand the benefits of an international school education. " I met other students from the UK, US, India, Denmark and Norway. For them it was a new and sometimes overwhelming experience but because I attend an international school I was able to enjoy the diversity and in an international school you get used to making new friends frequently. I was able to really enjoy the experience."

Now that Lisa is back at SiS and beginning the IB program she is ready to use her new writing techniques to organize and publicize a fundraiser for possibly expanding the fitness facilities at Bayside. Lisa and her classmate Anna Duan are considering a fitness related fundraiser.

So, after having spent two weeks at Oxford, is it still on her list of potential universities? "I am still considering Oxford but after having been in China so long, I really like an urban environment. I am used to really large cities. I am glad I had an opportunity to spend time at the university before applying. It will be really helpful for me when I narrow down my list of universities."


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