Inspiration Gained from Service Project

Posted on Jun 15, 2017
Inspiration Gained from Service Project

Chenhui, or Billy, from China arrived to St. Louis Park, MN last fall to begin his PSE experience. As a requirement of his Religion class curriculum, he and his classmates had to complete a service project. Billy decided to volunteer at a local nursing home, and spent three hours every Sunday from February through April […]

Chess and Christmas are among Greatest Discoveries

Posted on Jun 9, 2017
Chess and Christmas are among Greatest Discoveries

When Sihan, or Hans, arrived to Tyler, Texas last year, he decided to try something different. So, he joined the Chess Club. Several months later, he was awarded second place in a chess competition. Hans was not aware of his passion for chess until joining the Chess Club at school. The Chess Club teacher is a […]

Four Years Leaves Lasting Impact

Posted on Jun 2, 2017
Four Years Leaves Lasting Impact

When Jiangnan, or Michael as he is known by his U.S. peers, arrived on the PSE program four years ago, he had no idea that acting would become an integral part of his experience. Michael had some prior experience with musicals and plays, and claims to have always had an interest in art, music, theater, […]

Program Advances Young Musician’s Dreams

Posted on Jun 1, 2017
Program Advances Young Musician’s Dreams

Hayun arrived on the PSE program two years ago with the dream of becoming a film music composer. This year, Hayun will graduate from her high school in Rochester, NY, and will go on to college to continue her studies to pursue this goal. In her native country of Korea, Hayun developed a passion for […]

Becoming a Team Player through Dance

Posted on Apr 21, 2017
Becoming a Team Player through Dance

Tianyu’s passion for ballet started four years ago in China, and for years, she danced classical ballet solo routines. In America, Tianyu was introduced to Dance Team at her high school in Oregon, and it has changed her life. “My team is like family to me. They are always there to support me,” says Tianyu. Tianyu […]

Volunteering Opens Doors for PSE Student

Posted on Apr 12, 2017
Volunteering Opens Doors for PSE Student

Jae had never stepped foot on an ice-skating rink prior to arriving to Rochester, NY this past fall. Jae’s host mother, Darline, first introduced him to the sport. Jae, who is from Korea, explains that everyone in his host family is involved in ice skating. Now, he not only ice skates well, but he shares his […]

King for a Day

Posted on Apr 11, 2017
King for a Day

What does it feel like to be a king? According to Wanlingyi, or Jonathan (his English name), it feels “SO cool!” Jonathan was the first-ever Chinese international student at his high school in Florida to be elected Homecoming King. He says that it is hands down the best memory he has formed during his PSE experience, […]

Soccer, Dances, Host Family, New Friends are Highlights for Student

Posted on Jan 24, 2017
Soccer, Dances, Host Family, New Friends are Highlights for Student

Some times, taking risks really pays off. This is true for Antonio, a 15 year old boy from Spain who came to the U.S. on the Trimester program with PSE last fall. Antonio was inspired to come to the USA as an exchange student by his mother, who urged him to participate in something that would […]

New Talents Discovered on PSE Program

Posted on Jan 6, 2017
New Talents Discovered on PSE Program

Jaehun, or Jess, a PSE student from Korea, has discovered many things about himself since arriving on the program three years ago. For example, Jess had no idea he was a talented distance runner before coming to the U.S. He has been a member of his high school Cross Country team in South Carolina since […]

Friendship Gained from Trimester Experience

Posted on Nov 30, 2016
Friendship Gained from Trimester Experience

On the phone, Luis is a quiet, ostensibly shy 15 year-old boy from Spain who arrived in Michigan to begin a PSE Trimester program twelve weeks ago. When asked what motivated him to participate on the program, his answer is that his parents urged him to, as they wanted him to experience the educational system […]

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