2016年11月19日至26日，我校教师焦阳及四位高二年级中美班和普通班的学生胡頔（1816班）、李馨颐（1815班）、凌子涵（1809班）及王淇（1813班）赴印度新德里现代学校参加了第十一届Community Development & Leadership Summit 2016青年领袖峰会。CDLS峰会由印度新德里现代学校于2006年创办，该校2016年印度全国综合排名第一，是一个供全世界青少年交流、学习和思想碰撞的舞台。本届CDLS峰会的主题是“时代在变，我们应适之而变”，共有来自15个国家的100余名高中生参加。
Traveling to India, with soul
Time and tides wait for no man— the meaning of this sentence will only be shown when we are outside our country and in the exotic India. To tell the truth, this trip really impresses me not only because of the full preparation of physical care by host family and students, but also due to the sparks of the cultural mixture and combination behind this international program. For me, the most significant thing I need to perceive through such a communication activity is to discover the discrepancy between people in different countries and absorb the quintessence of other excellent cultures. And, indeed, I make it.
Based on my own personality, I judge the truth that it is hard for me to really cultivate a deep emotion and relationship with someone else within just a few days. However, this kind of belief is also broken by communicating with other students. To be honest, sometimes the way that foreign students communicate with each other seems a little bit weird because keeping asking “hey, how are you? What did you do today?” really bores me and makes me feel exhausted to repeat the same answer again and again. However, that was just the initial understanding of them and it was totally superficial because at that time, I was just standing in the surface of the phenomenon to make a rough judgment about the behavior of others, but it was okay since at least I perceived somewhat discrepancy between Chinese politeness and shyness and foreign countries’ enthusiasm and outgoing. Then, as the communication with them became more frequent, I gradually understood that their greetings were sincere and they were really curious and kind about what you did through the whole day and they would be definitely happy to hear that you enjoyed your whole day when you spent time with them. What ’s more, through the observation of what foreign students did, I understood one point, which is all the time people say that Chinese people are shy, lack creativity and positivity, but that is not who they are but the difference and shyness are caused by the way how Chinese students are thinking— they are always getting used to thinking a lot before they have the courage to say something out, or even they can speak out some wonderful ideas, they still lack the consciousness to put it into real life— in other words, do it by oneself. We are always thinking, thinking and thinking. However, for the students in other countries, whether they have prepared enough or not, they would like to share their ideas and create even the most childish thoughts with others— they are never afraid of saying something wrong or behavior immaturely, rather, they like to share everything. However, here I am not saying that any culture is bad because bad can never be used when judging the essence of a culture since all cultures have something valuable and all others would like to absorb. What I really mean is that just standing in such an international level, I can see clearly the difference in the behavior of others and the CDLS will facilitate me to discover the need-improving characters in Chinese students’ minds and what exactly they can do to continuously improve themselves and finally stand in the top of the world. Hence, if given another chance, I will still spare no efforts and put all my heart into it— because it is worth trying.