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Chinese Student Accepted at Prestigious Colleges

by Denise Fountainbleau, Student Editor, Class of 2012

Gina (Xinghui Zhu)

Gina (Xinghui Zhu)

Gina (Xinghui Zhu), one of Linda Christas Academy's best and brightest seniors, and resident of the People's Republic of China, has been accepted into three prestigious East Coast American colleges.

After an exciting 12th grade curriculum of calculus, English literature and business, as well as a holiday tour of Switzerland, Gina was ready to attack her college applications with a vengeance which she did with the help of her Linda Christas counselor.

The result? Gina has been accepted by colleges known among those who understand and appreciate quality education as the most student friendly and productive undergraduate institutions anywhere.

Ursinus College, founded in 1869, is one of the 8% of colleges in the U.S. good enough to have a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. The school's students are recruited for summer internships both in America and abroad. For example, you will find Ursinus undergraduate students serving as interns in the House of Commons in England, and as research assistants in a wide variety of original science efforts. (Ursinus awarded Gina a $13,000 tuition reduction.)

halbritter center for the performing arts at juniata college

Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts at Juniata College

Juniata College, founded in 1876, is a veritable hotbed of teaching, science and business. It is the home of Dr. William Phillips, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997. Five of its alumni are members of the National Academy of Sciences. Alumni include the inventor of Teflon and Dacron, and MTV cinematography award winners. However, with all that, one of the most interesting things about Juniata as a liberal arts college is that fifteen years after graduation, 97% of its graduates are employed and earning 20% above the national average for college graduates. This is as opposed to many famous university graduates whose track records reflects a very different educational result. 15% of graduates from universities listed by magazines in the top five are either unemployed or mired in poverty fifteen years after receiving their degrees. Fame and magazine rankings do not always signify quality, since the magazines allow these large universities to vote for themselves according to the number of teachers they employ.

The Pratt Institute for Design in New York, one of the most outstanding design colleges in the world, has asked Gina to join them.

However, with all her options, where Gina will attend is still a well guarded secret.

This is to congratulate Gina for her senior year successes at Linda Christas Academy. No matter where she finally decides to continue to hone her enthusiasm for learning, Linda Christas is confident she will be one of those individuals who will lead the way for others in the coming decades.

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