“Empower Me” Student Ambassador Interviews

Xspace’s “Empower Me” Interview Series create an opportunity for Xspace students to share their own learning experience and educational journey, while providing people with insight about blended learning at Xspace.  Xspace student ambassadors are well-rounded, approachable, and are eager to empower other students with their stories.

In this first interview, student ambassador Addis Hou shares some highlights of his learning experience in Canada.

Name: Addis Hou

Hometown: Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China 

Current Grade: 12 

Years of Studying in Canada: 3 

Award(s): Xspace Academic Excellence Award in English Studies 12

Hobbies: American football, workout, singing and eating out 

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Interview Transcript

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO PURSUE YOUR SECONDARY EDUCATION IN CANADA? 

The reason why I decided to pursue my secondary education in Canada is because I did not enjoy the learning environment of high pressure and stress for students in the education and examination system in China. My parents also wanted me to study in a more flexible education system.  In addition, Canada is the most culturally accepting country and has many good schools as compared to all other options like the U.S. 

USE THREE WORDS TO WRAP UP YOUR 2020 

Boring, unique and surprising 

HAVE YOU ACHIEVED YOUR GOALS IN THE YEAR OF 2020? 

 I set three main goals at the beginning of 2020. The first goal was to get good grades and get into my ideal university. I have achieved this goal so far. On the other hand, I also aimed to win a football championship and drive across Canada in summer. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has made it difficult to accomplish. 

WAHT IS THE MAIN CHALLENGE FACING YOU IN 2020? 

The pandemic is undoubtedly the biggest challenge in 2020. It affected my school life greatly. My home school had to move all classes to online and it was hard for me to adapt to this new learning format. Many teachers did not know how to plan and deliver online classes at the time so I had a difficult time catching up on coursework. 

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO STUDY AT XSPACE UNICADEMY? 

As I mentioned above, school life was quite challenging last year due to the pandemic. Our home school moved all in-person classes to online, which completely changed my timetable. School teachers were inexperienced with online teaching. My guardian witnessed many occasions where I was struggling so she recommended Xspace Unicademy to me for its sophisticated design and delivery of blended learning. 

WHAT WAS THE BEST SURPRISE ABOUT STUDYING AT XSPACE UNICADEMY? 

I believe it would be the online facilitators and study advisor. They are very helpful, resourceful and patient in explaining course concepts to me and helping me achieve learning objectives in each course. I was also amazed by how thorough regular study advisory session was. My study advisor was able to answer all questions relating to academics. 

WHAT ASPECTS OF XSPACE’S BLENDED LEARNIG MODEL DO YOU ENJOY THE MOST? 

I like how all the staff members will do their best to help students if we have any questions or struggles.  

WHAT ARE THE MAJOR TAKEAWAYS FROM YOUR XSPACE LEARNING EXPERIENCE? 

One of the major takeaways is that I have become a fast learner. While blended learning gives me a lot of freedom, I can adapt easily to a new learning system in a short period of time due to Xspace’s well-structured blended learning model. Another takeaway is that I have improved my study habits and digital literacy greatly. I was exposed to a variety of online learning tools and resources. 

DO YOU THINK ONLINE EDUCATION WILL GRADUALLY BECOME A POPULAR K12 SCHOOL CHOICE AMONG K-12 GIVEN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC? 

Given the fact that most universities and schools switch to online classes. I would say yes, at least for the rest of 2021From my personal experience, I enjoyed blended learning a lot because it is more systematic and encourages students to build ownership for their learning.  However, mainstream society might still need more time to fully embrace this idea in the long run. 

WAHT DO YOU SEE AS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE(S) AT UNIVERSITY? HOW DO YOU FEEL XSPACE’S BLENDED LEARNING EXPERIENCE IS PREPARING YOU FOR THOSE CHALLENGES? 

 I think the biggest challenge at university would be increasing workload. Xspace Unicademy compacted the courses into a highly organized schedule, along with heavy coursework. Therefore, I suppose this could help me prepare for this challenge in a way 

WHAT ASPECTS OF UNIVERSITY LIFE ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO? 

I am looking forward to exploring various student clubs and activities. 

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR XSPACE’S PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS? 

Be prepared for a fast-paced learning environment where strong organization and self-discipline skills are essential for success! Most importantly, make sure to reach out to the student learning team when you need help!