Recently, we had the pleasure of getting a visit from a MLS Graduate, Wenbo Ding. The Class of 2015's Salutatorian, Prom King, and Vice President of Student Council walked the halls for the first time since graduation. He explained to us how Martin Luther School prepared him to leave high school and take on big and exciting challenges in college. He is now a Junior at New York University, studying Business Technology Management. As we asked him about his experiences attending MLS, he remembered his close relationships with teachers and staff and activities fondly.
Question: Wenbo, we are so excited to have you visit us. As you are walking the halls do you remember your favorite teachers and staff?
Wenbo: "Ms. Dee, Mrs. Younghese, Ms. Bill, and Mrs. Stohlmann. I was a Teacher's Assistant with Mrs. Younghese for quite a while and I worked with Mrs. Bill as well. I had really great relationships with them. They were both so kind and caring. I loved the math and science courses offered here and I did very well in them because of teachers like Mrs. Stohlmann."
Question: What are some of your favorite memories of MLS?
Wenbo: "I loved that I was able to be so involved in different activities. I was very involved as a TA and as the Vice President of Student Council. I also translated between Chinese and English for Mr. Gast. I felt very appreciated. I continuously learned from all of my experiences. In general, I was always comfortable and happy being here."
Question: What elements of your education at MLS prepared you to be a college student?
Wenbo: "I did really well in my science and math courses and this helped me to express my passion for those fields going into college. I was confident about this when I was applying to schools. I knew I wanted to be involved in Business with some kind of science and math element. MLS provided me with a solid education and foundation. It was a warm environment, with the opportunity to be involved, that encouraged me to study harder for the SAT's and all of my classes. My SAT preparation helped me score high. Being as comfortable as I was helped me to be motivated, study more, and to achieve what I wanted to achieve."
Question: What is some advice you have for students applying to college now?
Wenbo: "Look at what your interests are and focus on them. When you are applying to colleges, the essays are very important. Make sure you write about who you are as a person and as a student. Speak about your passions because this is what colleges are looking for. Colleges want students who know who they are, what they want to do, and know what they are capable of doing. Students are so involved at MLS. Communicate with the faculty and they will help you to transition into your college years."
Question: What is it like to be walking through the halls of MLS for the first time since graduating?
Wenbo: "It is great! I have such nice memories here, so I am both excited and emotional. Even though some teachers have changed, the memories are still here, and I am excited to connect with everyone again. I love MLS - it has really supported me in terms of my growth and achievements up to this point. I decided to come back around the holidays to give thanks to everyone - the school, the faculty, just everyone."
Question: Have you stayed in touch with Alumni from your class?
Wenbo: "Yes! Many! I am always trying to catch up and know what is going on with everyone and know where everyone has gone since we graduated."
Question: Why would you say that MLS is a smart choice for international students?
Wenbo: "Being international students, people are coming from different corners of the world, and being here allows them to see so much. Being able to live so close to New York City is incredible. International students should take advantage of being near one of the most amazing cities in the world. You have the opportunity for adventure and exploring through the school. MLS is amazing and will benefit anyone who comes here, just as it has benefited me."
Wenbo is enjoying living and going to school in the city. He thanks MLS for making him confident and comfortable to visit new places. He says, "explore finding what you like and don't like. Find new pieces you enjoy and grab them - go for it."
Thanks to Wenbo for visiting all of us at Martin Luther School. We love to hear from our Alumni.