In the “New Kids on the Block” series, new students were interviewed on their life outside of SCDS.
Ted Zhou, a graduate of Haikou Middle School, is an incoming freshman international student from Haikou, China. Next is freshman Bill Tsui.
Q: What was your previous school in China like?
A: This school is very small compared to my old school. There were 1,000 students in my grade. My school also only taught the middle-school grades sixth to eighth.
Q: Why did you choose Country Day?
A: The Chinese exchange-student agency, UC Education, recommended three different schools. The recommended schools were in San Diego, New Jersey and here. I chose this one because it had better SAT scores compared to the other two schools and looked to have better educational opportunities for me.
Q: Do you play any sports?
A: I have played basketball since I was born and golf for around a year. I plan to play on the golf team in spring.
Q: Do you have any hobbies or extracurricular activities outside of school?
A: In my free time, I like to play basketball, listen to music and talk to some of my friends here in the U.S.
Q: Any siblings or pets?
A: I have a brother named James that is three years older than me. He is currently in New York for college.
Q: What is an interesting fact about you that would surprise people?
A: That I am a compassionate person.
Q: What did you do over the summer?
A: I read a lot of novels, specifically English ones to help improve my reading. Most of the books that I read were from the (freshman) summer reading list, though my favorite book was “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Q: What do you miss the most about China?
A: The main thing I miss about China is the food. I went to one Chinese restaurant called Good Friends (Sacramento), and while the food was okay, it wasn’t great.
Q: What are your favorite classes? Why?
A: My favorite class right now would be physics because it doesn’t involve too much math right now, and I also like to study science in general.
—By David Situ