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Meet Our Students

The Seton Hall Prep international program was founded in 2013 with the purpose of welcoming international students to attend our school and receive the best Catholic education possible. In addition to receiving a top-notch American education, these students form an integral part of our diverse student body. Meet two of our distinguished students below by clicking on their images to learn about their personal experience at The Prep.

During the summer vacation of the second year of middle school, my parents and I discussed and decided that I should study abroad in the US to complete high school. I received offers from several schools, but in the end, I chose SHP because my international agency praised the academic prowess of the school. Apart from academics, I knew the school was a religious institution and would put students first. The location was also ideal, right near New York and near the airport.

Since I was part of the first group in the International Program at SHP, there were many things I could not ask and did not know. After I began school, however, I immediately knew I had made the right choice. I was exposed to many new things, such as the Spanish language. After a couple years, I was selected to be a Student Ambassador, and I now serve as an Ambassador Officer. I am very thankful to the school for its faith in me. I also serve as the president for the Martial Arts Club. Mr. McNulty and Mr. Trinh and I have a group meeting every two weeks. In addition, I am also a member of the school’s rifle team. During the fall, we practice twice a week. Although I am often very busy and tired, I really enjoy the opportunity to practice my rifling skills. I would have never had the opportunity for such a hobby if I were in China.

Perhaps what attracts me most to the school is the strong bond between teachers and students. In China, there is an obvious distance between students and teachers, however here it’s just the opposite. My teachers and I are very close, and I count them among my friends. Our discussions cover a range of academic topics as well as everyday life issues. The teachers are very caring. Although I am not sure if other schools in the US are like this, however SHP has really given me a wonderful student experience. When I first came, I thought language would be a huge problem, but now I am confident in my English skills, it really did not take long at all to adapt.

This year I am a junior, and the heavy workload forces me to carefully weigh the time I spend between classes, SAT prep, homework and activities. Although I feel tired at times, it’s been a great experience here at the school.

Why did you choose Seton Hall Prep?

In all honesty, I chose SHP at the beginning because it was the best overall school to which I could gain admission. The warmth I felt even in the interviewing process made me feel that even though I would be entering an all-boys school – a rarity in China – that I could really integrate myself into the school.

What have you learned at SHP? What clubs, sports and activities have you participated in?

I participate in the Setonians a capella group, the Robotics club, the Stock Market club, Future Business Leaders Club, Chinese Club, SHP Ambassadors, and am currently developing an iOS app for use at the school.

What are some of the advantages of the Seton Hall Prep experience?

In terms of teaching, I have been fortunate to have some great instructors. Even though every teacher has his or her own merits, as a whole they have taken their job with utmost responsibility and sincerity – they have been extremely understanding in terms of student difficulties, and yet at the same time treating everyone equally. Simply put, they are not only interested in the academic development and abilities of students, but are concerned with their growth as a whole person.

In terms of the campus itself, I am personally not very picky, but at the same time I have found that the facilities are always in a state of improvement, and school leaders are always open to new ideas and viewpoints for change.

SHP students have a passion for learning and a spirit of cooperation and sharing. Students have been very welcoming to the international student community. Furthermore, they have a deep sense of pride in being a Prep student, and are an extremely exciting student group who always have their eyes on becoming even better.

What are some of the challenges you have faced as a student at SHP, and how have your overcome them? 

Due the time required to take part in student activities, maintaining high grades has been a personal challenge. I have taken on a heavy course load with 5 AP classes, so getting straight As has been difficulty. Perhaps this is what every student says, but my own way of overcoming the challenge has been this: more efficiently planning my time and carrying out those plans.

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