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Kushaan Jain 924 Pleasant Avenue, Hong Kong
Seven Oaks Admissions Officer
Dear Mr. Atherton:
My name is Kushaan Jain and I am currently a student in Grade 10. I want to move from Hong Kong to the UK just to go to the Seven Oaks High school. I read about your school in a magazine named the “Top Schools in UK”, and looking at the statistics and aspects of the school made me immediately want to go there.
Becoming a student at Seven Oaks can be challenging, but succeeding at Seven Oaks will be an even greater challenge for me. I need to work on completing all my homework to keep up with my peers, and I need to study hard for tests and assignments. Academics are not enough, so I also need to be locally active in the community, by participating in clubs, events and sports. I believe that I am ready for this role given my past experiences. I have participated for clubs before and I have shown my school spirit by wearing themed costumes to school. My academics are also excellent as well, as I spent extra time and effort on working to complete homework and assignments at my old school.
I have many achievements to show for what I am saying. One of my greatest accomplishments was completing math competitions at my math school in Richmond Hill, Ontario. I spent extra time, on top of my school work, for working to achieve a high score in math competitions. My hard work on preparing for these competitions showed off in my paper. Another great experience I had was campaigning for my dad’s friend who was running for school trustee in Markham, Ontario. I learned about how difficult it was to stay ahead of your competition, and the amount of work it would take to actually win in office.
I hope this letter has made a positive impact on your decision whether I can become a student at your school. I am looking forward to hearing your response to my work, and that if you believe that I am ready to become a student at Seven Oaks, I will be ready to come in for an interview. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 9045 6689.
Kushaan Jain 924 Pleasant Avenue, Hong Kong
To become a sophisticated and more educated Grade 11 student at the Seven Oaks School
Studied for ten years at Thornhill Woods Public School in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada for Kindergarten (Junior and Senior) and Grades 1 to 8. I engaged in laboratory experiments and completed intensive athletic events and academic engagement.
Studied for one year at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic High School in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada for Grade 9. I completed extensive technological work, in the Digital Photography club and the difficult Business course that was offered. I completed Academic Math at this school and finished off with a 95.
Studied for one year at the Canadian International School of Hong Kong in Hong Kong for Grade 10. I started studying there in 2017. I participated in HL Ib Math, where I learned Grade 11 topics. I also spoke at a CDNIS Talks in front of the entire Upper School bringing awareness to recycling problems at our school and showcasing a creative, recycling solution known as the RecycleBot.
Learned and practiced the art of Piano at a intensive music school. Gained show experience by performing difficult music on stage in front of many people.
Gained experience in Politics by campaigning for a politician running for office. I spent an extensive and difficult time trying to deliver an effective marketing campaign and to receive people’s attention and gained a perspective on the difficulties Politicians face when they are trying to run for office.
Participated and organized for Tri-Fun, a child triathlon organisation by creating speeches and team-building activities to encourage children to pursue triathlons in the future.
Spent 2017 training to become a black belt. Gained plenty of athletic experience in this, and ended up becoming a first-degree black belt at the end of December 2017. I gained many skills in endurance and strength, as I had to complete 75 pushups and situps in 3 minutes.
Gained a lot of interest and skills in Mathematics by going to the Spirit of Math school in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada and participating in multiple math contests. I also found my passion in Math by experiencing this kind of difficult math, instead of the math I was exposed to at school.
How did you become more aware of your own strengths and areas for growth?
|In Grade 7, I went to a science summer camp and learned about my different strengths and skills in that field, and what my weaknesses in that subject group are. I also assisted kids with work. Doing this work allowed me to evaluate my skills in science and see if I was prepared to become a doctor or engineer according to my strengths and weaknesses in science.|
How did you undertake challenges that developed new skills?
|In Grade 8, I joined a summer camp where we did many different sports, arts and intelligent activities that helped me locate what my strengths are in that subject group. I also helped with kids. I took risks with this new type of activities and sports that I was not familiar with and built a foundation of these skills. I learned much more team-building skills and management skills that would help me in the future.|
How did you discuss, evaluate and plan student-initiated activities?
|In Grade 9, in the summer, I volunteered at a triathlon, helping kids with the different fields (biking, running and swimming). I encouraged them and planned many cheers and speeches to encourage them. I needed to figure out a way to get kids to engage in this triathlon and to persevere and to not give up. I planned with my volunteer group, discussed possible options and came up with a solution on how to cheer kids on.|
(picture of me volunteering by cheering kids on in the swimming portion of the triathlon)
How did you persevere in action?
In Grade 10, I completed a CDNIS Talks in front of the entire school. This CDNIS Talks was about displaying a recycling solution known as the RecycleBot that would advocate and encourage recycling, and increase its convenience. I displayed this recycling initiative to increase recycling in our school, and we listed the long-term consequences including an increase of climate change and global warming. I have worked on the project for a long period of time, and I intend to work on it for the coming months as well.
(picture of me giving the CDNIS Talks)
|In Grade 7, I campaigned for my father’s friend who was running for a school trustee. I worked along with his kids and my brother to go to different houses and campaign for him. I gained a lot of collaborative skills from this by working with the other kids to deliver a successful marketing campaign. I also had to work with them on splitting up the number of houses to go to, and the speech and marketing material we had to provide to people.|
How did you develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism, and intercultural understanding?
|In Grade 10, I joined the RESPECT club. In the RESPECT club, we teach and interact with refugee children. Through this club, I have learned more about the refugee situation in Hong Kong and gained more information about their different cultures in their original countries, like the Philippines.|
(picture of me volunteering at the RESPECT Club)
How did you consider the ethical implications of your actions?
In Grade 10, I went to Fujian, China where I helped with mud-bricking activities and house construction. We spent a couple of hours on working to complete this house and completed tiring and strenuous work. We had to pick up materials from the river and the ground and carry these heavy materials over long distances, where we then worked on fixing a house. I had to persevere, even though I was tired and in pain. Doing all this helped save an old man’s home which was going to be taken over by the Government. His house was in the family for generations, and we were able to preserve the house and allowing him to continue living where he loves.
(picture of me giving speech about Tulous in Fujian, China)
What was it like to be a national of this country?
Being a national of Lebanon felt very weak. I was rejected from most of the countries I applied to, or I got accepted to countries like Iran that is similar to the current state of my country. It felt very demeaning and it was like I was powerless.
How did the exercise make you feel as a passport holder and a border control officer?
As I said previously, being a Lebanese citizen felt very demeaning and powerless. On the contrary, being a border control officer felt very powerful. It is very horrible to just kick people out like that, but it felt very powerful and it was like I had control over everything.
What did you take away from this exercise?
A major thing I took away from this exercise was the difficulty and pain people had to face when they are deported, and how much it impacts their life. If they were born in a third-world country, it would be very difficult to move to a different first-world country, as they would need to get a visa. The fact that the border control agents only have to say one word to completely ruin someone’s life is quite horrific.
Has this changed your idea of what it means to be “free” at all?
Yes, this had definitely changed my idea of what it means to be free. I learned that no one is actually free to go wherever they want, and the idea of freedom may be very difficult to reach, if impossible. Granted, they could get a visa to go to the country, but it is very difficult to get a visa for that specific country. Even having a Canadian passport, I cannot go to some countries, and it may be difficult to get a visa to go to that country. I had to get a visa for China, and it was a very long and painful to actually get one.
Do you have gratitude for your passport?
Yes, I do. For most other countries, it is very difficult to go to many of the countries they want to go to. I can go to 158 other countries, while people in Afghanistan can only go to 26 countries. If they want a better life or go to vacation, they would have to go through a long and difficult process.
-Do you have any experience or stories of migration to share?
I migrated from Canada to Hong Kong. I am an expatriate, and plan to return to either the Canada or the USA for university and the rest of my life. I faced many troubles when moving to Hong Kong. However, I was not faced with criticism because there is a large Indian society in Hong Kong, and I was not judged or ridiculed for being an Indian living in Hong Kong. I faced little challenges, like adjusting to the weather, the way Hong Kong functions, smaller space and transportation. There is many other factors than these I had to face, but I had to adjust to them as they were much different in Canada. I had to learn these new concepts, familiarise myself with them to enter the culture.
-Why is migration such an important topic in today’s world?
Migration issues got so much more attention, mostly because of Donald Trump. Since he became the president, he has planned to limit migration between many different races, and is trying to push out many illegal immigrants and people he does not deem should live in the USA. He especially believes this for Mexicans, as he is trying to spend Government money just to build a wall to keep them out. From all this doing, he is receiving world attention on his oppression of these peoples, and how much the USA will be affected by this.
-What is your understanding about the reasons some people migrate? (Examples)
A lot of reasons why people migrate is to for economical benefits, experience and to escape the brutality or oppression that is going on in the country they’re emigrating from. For example, I migrated from Canada to Hong Kong for economical reasons, as we would receive more money, and we would also gain more experience, living in a city instead of a suburban town. A lot of refugees from Syria are coming to countries around the world, because they are faced with death everyday because of the terrorism and bombings from ISIS.
-What are some of the difficulties migrants, refugees and asylum seekers face?
A lot of difficulties they face are having to adjust to their new environment and attempt to immerse themselves into the culture. They are struggling to find ways to become the same as everyone else. Unless, you’re the same race as the country’s main population, it would take some adjusting for people to get used to, and for you to be treated with the same respect as everyone else. Especially in a school or work environment, they might be exposed to racism almost everyday, and it would take some time for these people to get used to it, or create a change within the school to alter the school’s perception on him or her.