Meet Frank…

Meet Frank, a student from an honors science class

Name: Frank 刘和兴
Age: 17
Major: Science
Students in Class 5: 61
Students in Gao 2: about 700
Hometown: Xiuning, Anhui Province

What does your father do for a living?

He chauffeurs for a brewery company (休宁啤酒厂—迎客松) in Xiuning.

What does your mother do for a living?

She works in the marketing research division of the brewery that my father works for.

Frank rents a room in Wan’an Town, across the street from the school. Frank’s mother wants to take a hiatus from her job during Frank’s third year in school while he studies for the college entrance exam, the gaokao. However, he says: I think I’m old enough to take care of myself, and I don’t want my mother to trouble herself for a whole year. If she cooks for me and lives with me, I think my father will feel lonely.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to play basketball, usually 3-on-3. Sometimes I will call friends first or sometimes I will just go find people on the courts.

What is your dream job?

To be the leader of a company. However, I haven’t thought about this problem clearly. I think this is because after I graduate from Xiuzhong, I will go to a college. I will choose a major and then decide what to do in the future. I guess my “dream” is world peace! I hope I can do something to help make the world peaceful.

After a bout of laughter, I asked why he was laughing, and he responded: This is too big for us to talk about, to do. It is a joke.

What is your most memorably childhood story?

This is a real story about firecrackers. During Spring Festival when I was 8 years old, I was setting firecrackers with my neighbors in the farm fields of my village. While we were having fun, a friend of mine came and gave me a special firecracker. He said to me, “This kind of firecracker is very powerful.” So I lit the firecracker and threw it. It fell into a hole that is used to store manure. Just as my friend said, it was very powerful. The pot that was in the hole to store the manure broke, and I realized it was a serious problem because the owner of the manure would scold me and tell this to my parents. So I was very afraid at that moment. Then I had an idea. I wanted to fix the pot. So I went back home and opened my pencil case. I took out my tape and went back to the farm. My neighbors asked me what I wanted to do. I told them that I wanted to use the tape to glue the pot together again. I asked for their help, but they thought that it would be very dirty. So they did not come help me. So I had to do it myself without gloves. I used the tape to put the pot back together. I did not ask my parents for help because I was afraid that they would be angry. I didn’t think to buy a new pot. It was very hard work, but I succeeded. I felt very stinky and tired. Today, the pot that I fixed is still on my neighbor’s farm and every time I see it, it reminds me of this memory from my childhood. I think I was a little naïve.

About Annie

A native speaker of Mandarin Chinese, Annie Lin joins the Teaching Fellowship with experience as a tutor and as a music teacher. She was a reading tutor for the Yale Reading Corps at Wexler Grant Community School, and a member of the Yale Concert Band, Yale Precision Marching Band, and Ezra Stiles Wind Ensemble. Annie has also worked as an assistant marketing coordinator and event coordinator for the Performing Arts Center at California Polytechnic University and as a development assistant for the San Luis Obispo Symphony. Annie has taught piano lessons, directed music for plays, and played in pit orchestras for musical theater. After her two years in China, Annie hopes to pursue a career in arts administration or non-profits based on her passion for music.
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