three years of boarding school in the U.S. has
made Ronnie Tang, an extrovert and lively
adolescent, even more energetic.
During his time abroad, he learned about
self-discipline and independence. With his outstanding performance, he got admitted into
the University of Chicago.
had been a student in La Salle College since
Initially, he did not plan to study abroad
until he decided to follow his elder brother's
education path in the U.S. Boldly, he went to the U.S. as a Grade 9 student after
finishing Form 3 at La Salle College.
Cannot Wake Up and Study
School, the boarding school that Ronnie enrolled,
is located in New Jersey.
Most international students, like Ronnie,
live in the dormitory where strict regulations
For example, one must register to visit the
dormitory of the opposite sex and must not close
the door if one is in the room; one must notify
the supervisor before riding in a friend's car;
one must study from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. etc.
Among all the regulations, Ronnie was most not
used to the one that required students to sleep by
11 p.m. "Sometimes when I wanted to revise after 11 p.m.,
I would have to wake up very early
in the morning." He confessed that the
biggest difference in his daily life was that he
needed to do his laundry on his own. "To be
honest, it is not hard at all to do the laundry
but that sometimes I did it once every two weeks
when I felt like being lazy."
roommate in the first year was a local American
the dorm life was in general happy, Ronnie decided
to room with a friend from Hong Kong in his second
was just too much discrepancy between my lifestyle
and my first year roommate's in many small
"Rooming with a Hong Kong roommate, I could
always discuss Hong Kong films and pop songs with
him." Besides, his many Korean friends had
also introduced him to numerous Korean dramas!
He met many friends from all over the world.
campus life was very disciplined.
Every afternoon, he took part in his
extra-curricular activities; after dinner, he did
his homework and revision.
He said that the pressure from the
academics was not as minimal as he had expected.
"Teachers cared a lot about our everyday
homework, class participation and test
performance. We would not simply cram for the final examinations but
always tried to catch up with the class."
Sprinter and the Jazz Musician
in La Salle College, Ronnie was an active soccer
In the U.S., he picked up track for the
first time in his life. In such a short three years' time, he became an
outstanding sprinter and even the Captain of the
Track Varsity Team.
Interesting to know, apart from engaging in
sports like most teenage boys do, Ronnie also
enjoyed performing in the school jazz band!
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