I am currently a junior at Houston Academy for International Studies in Houston, Texas. In addition to my studies, I am also a member of my school's cheerleading team. I am an active member of my school's events and try to help out as much as possible. I love to discuss current events and participate in as many events of my school as I can. My goal is to graduate high school in the top 25 percentile of my class and go to a college out of state to study psychology and/or performing/visual arts. Right now my GPA is an estimated 4.1 and my favorite class is my Mandarin Chinese class because I enjoy learning about Chinese culture and language very much. I get to see how people from around the world behave and learn about their customs and traditions. I love to learn new things about other people, places, and events that happen around the world because I feel that it is very important to know what is going on in the world and help to try to make it a better place.
One way of achieving my personal and academic goals is to take advantage of a Fantastic Learning Opportunity called the CIEE High School Abroad program. CIEE is a nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for people that want to become more globally competent and helps bring people together. Their study abroad programs help people gain skills and promote the exchange of ideas that help us become better global citizens. I will be exploring different cultures and learn and improve my fluency in that language. I believe that this program will help me become more fluent in the language and learn more about their culture by actually experiencing things first hand in the country and would help strengthen my skills in becoming more independent and becoming a leader.
I would be very grateful if helped sponsor my participating in the CIEE High School Summer Abroad program. While I have applied for and received a scholarship for my trip, I need to contribute $2,000 towards the traveling expense. Your assistance of $5, $10, or $25 would help make this opportunity available to me and would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.