Student life of a boy in small city China

Tossing paper balls, doodling on your book, slacking off in class isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Especially in China.  With the immense population here, there is so much pressure and competition on the line; to get into the best schools, universities, jobs and don’t forget the pressure from parents.

I interviewed Harry – one of my top students  about his daily life as a student and in general.

Harry is 13 years old and is one of those gifted bright kids that always seem to get brilliant marks (he freaking well knows it too!).  He loves cycling and playing computer games and says he’s a happy kid (unless he fails a test).

Harry (left)

Harry (left)

What is your biggest dream?
To own a Rolls-Royce

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be a boss of a car company because the humans need cars, and cars will be more wonderful in the future so I think that will be a wonderful job.

What are your favourite subjects?
P.E and English. And the history is good too.

What is your timetable like everyday?
I usually wake up at 6.15am, then I go to school at 7am, have a lunch break for two hours, and then finish school at 6pm in the evening.

How many classes do you have per day?
Eight casses (each class is 45 minutes long)

What do you usually do when you get home?
Have dinner or do my homework.

How much homework do you get everyday?
The homework is change everyday. Sometimes that’s okay. But sometimes it make me crazy! Homework always cost me too much time, so I think that’s a little much.

What do you usually do in the weekends?
First I finish my homework, then I go cycling or playing with my friends, watching TV or playing computer games.

Wow is it just me, but is 7am to 6pm a hell of a long day for a student, or any working adult?!  Then there’s homework on top of that. Despite how much I want to pull my hair out at times in the classroom, I just stop, breathe and think of the insane work load they’re bogged down with.  The students are always working towards their future, but they also need to live in the now and just be.. well kids.