US Journal VI

           Just a note: Although this blog is called “The Culture Crash Blog”, it is not always about the culture. It is basically my journal book, or my diary, to share with my friends.

           There are always lots of projects to do at school. Some of these might be very easy ones, but some of them may last long and require a great amount of time. I don’t want to talk too much about this, as I really don’t want my future self to recall these bad memories… These projects are fun, but definitely not easy.

           Extracurricular activities. We have a very popular sport, which I don’t really know what that is, called “softball”. Wikipedia says it’s mainly about a kind of baseball played with a larger ball on a smaller field (though I still have no idea about what it is). We have a school softball team whom always have matches with other school teams. Sport is just one kind of after school activity. For some kids like me who apparently do no good on sports, we have all kinds of clubs like math club, coding club, and the one which I am in currently, the newspaper club. These clubs are great for those who are not willing to take part in any sports clubs, or not able to play sports. But there’s one thing I don’t like about the club: the club are organized by the school, and we cannot start a club ourselves. That causes a major problem as some students do not see their hobbies in there, so they might not join any of the clubs. My suggestion is to let the student take over the arrangement. We have an SGA don’t we? I believe they manage these stuff really well.

           Public services. One nice thing about living in the United States is all those public services provided by the government. For example, the public libraries. Apart from the printing services, all other services are totally free if you use them correctly. There are tons of books, audiobooks, and DVDs inside! In summer, it would always be a good idea to go inside the library, and enjoy a fast internet access with an even more fantastic air conditioning!

           After talking about the services that the government has already provided, I want to write about what we can do for those public services. We have a project called the Student Service Learning (SSL), which is an essential part of our school life. To take part in the SSL, you need to submit your information along with the company you want to serve with. A student must get a minimum of… I think 64 or something hours, to graduate from high school. These hours can be earned from libraries, school media center, or even school clubs if they provide so. Anyway, I haven’t started yet, so I might have to hurry up. I don’t know how it works, but I was thinking about if a student transfers to the school in 10th grade, then he would have only 2 years to finish that much hours? I believe they had a solution for this…

           P.S.: No grammar mistakes? Impossible!

Mingjie Jiang

Maryland, United States


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