UENO Masahiro, Mark (5I19)
First of all, I would like to thank the school for granting me the rare and extraordinary opportunity of participating in this study tour.
My time spent in Beijing was short yet very rewarding and meaningful. I met many intelligent students representing their schools and forged friendships with them. The study tour had various activities ranging from visits to local secondary schools to visits to car factories. My group researched the advancement of flight technology of airplanes or jets. We conducted many interviews with professors and local students in Putonghua. Putonghua is not my strongest language and I often make minor pronunciation mistakes. However, everyone was very friendly and tried their best to cooperate with us. The tour also brought us to tourist locations like the Olympic sports stadium, “Birds Nest”. Among all the places we visited, I found the tour inside the car factory to be the most bewildering and interesting. We were allowed to see the whole production line where they make the cars from scratch.
However, my most memorable time in the tour was the time spent with my friends. I was fortunate to have teammates of unique qualities and character. Everyone had an great sense of humor and it didn’t take us long to become good friends. Every night my teammates would come to my room to have group discussions. On Christmas Eve, we celebrated in my small hotel room. I received wonderful gifts and cards from other students.
The tour helped me reflect on the important qualities and skills of being a role model and a leader from other teachers and student leaders. Also, I have become more determined and enriched my knowledge but most important of all I have gained good friends who I will treasure.