A Visitor from Singapore

Why would a junior from Kent State University want to shadow a high school student for the day?

STA alum Michael George ’13, met Eden Lau from Singapore at Kent State University and they became good friends. Because Eden came to the US at the age of 17 by herself she often spent time with the George’s and they became a second family to her. On January 5th, Eden spent the day with Andrew George, Hailey Hawkins and Hailey Harbert.

Here’s her story. In Singapore students attend secondary school from age 13-16 then junior college 17-18 or polytechnic 17-19. In Singapore students have to be 19 to go to a university. Eden was able to skip the last phase because she scored straight A’s and was ranked in the top 1% of the country. Since Singapore has one of the best education systems in the world it allowed her to jump straight into university outside of her country at age 17.

She applied to Ohio State, UCLA, and Kent State and was accepted to all of them. She chose Kent State because she was not eligible to receive scholarships or grants. KSU was the most affordable. So at age 17 she left Singapore to attend KSU to begin studying economics and business management. She is now a junior.

Eden’s native language is Mandarin and she is fluent in English. Her mom owns a spa in Singapore and her dad works in China as an oil drill engineer.

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