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Summit Christian Academy International Student Showcase Presents: Life in America: A Two Part Series


International FestivalCindyLiaoOn Stage

(Lee’s Summit, MO) – “Each day, I open my eyes at 6 a.m. Today, as usual, I opened my eyes and the first thing I saw was the calendar on my desk: today is the 174th day of living in America. During morning routines, going to school, coming home, working on homework, practicing violin and going to bed seem to be the rhythm of my life in America Now. My life in Lee’s Summit. It seems the same every single day, but if you take a closer look, you will find so much more than that,” SCA International Student, Cindy Liao shares with her fellow classmates.

Cindy is one of 23 students that are living in America now as part of the Summit Christian Academy International program. Establishing a global presence and creating cultural awareness are important components to the atmosphere at Summit Christian Academy. Cindy and her peers from across the globe allow not only students from across the globe to see what life in America is like, but also allows students that are from the Lee’s Summit and Jackson county area that attend SCA to learn about other cultures. Preceding the Summit Christian Academy Annual International Festival in February, the SCA international students composed essays entitled “Life in America.” In their own words, they shared their expectations, challenges and accomplishments to date.

“Everyday is a new experience; everyday I find different joys in my life. From the very beginning of experiencing culture shock, till now accepting the cultural difference, it takes a lot of adjustment and it can be very exhausting,” Liao conveys.

The international presence at SCA spans into the Lee’s Summit community, as each international student is paired with a host family. In addition to students, host families discover a wealth of new experiences that broadens their perspective as well.

“Living with a host family has helped me adjust rapidly. Since I am not an extroverted person, it has taken a lot of time for me to meet and make new friends. But my host family has been very supportive and they always introduce me to their friends,” Cindy mentioned.

As an international student, missing home is a universal challenge they face. For Cindy, music is a way that she can indirectly connect to her family and friends from home. “Another unforgettable thing that has happened in my life in America is that I’ve had the chance to play violin in an orchestra with people from across the world. Playing in an orchestra reminds me of the time when I was back in Taiwan, and of the beautiful music I played with my classmates and friends everyday,” Liao mused.

Liao closes by sharing that her “life in America is composed of different people and various experiences. I cannot imagine how my life in America would be if any of the components were missing. Most importantly, I would like to say thank you to all the people who have been a part of my life in America. It’s these people who are creating a fantastic illustration for my life in America.”

Travel across the globe and be part of the Summit Christian Academy (SCA) International Festival from 5 – 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16 at the SCA Elementary School (1450 SW Jefferson in Lee’s Summit).