Welcoming Student Guests From Shanghai

Welcoming Student Guests From Shanghai

Students celebrated the Lunar New Year in February in Hathaway House by making dumplings, playing games, and spending time together. Joining them were nine Chinese students and their chaperone, who had all arrived from Shanghai as part of Milton’s new China exchange program. The visiting students attend the No. 2 High School of East China Normal University and were staying with student host families for their two-week visit.

This exchange program was organized by Shimin Zhou, a modern languages faculty member. During their stay, the Chinese students visited Boston sites including the JFK Presidential Library, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and Faneuil Hall. They also toured the campuses of Boston College and Harvard University, had lunch at Head of School Todd Bland’s home, and spent time attending classes with their student hosts.

In late May, nine Milton students traveled to Shanghai and shadowed their counterparts during classes and school activities, attended a variety of cultural events, and explored the exciting historical and cultural sites around Shanghai. In the third week, students traveled to Xi’an to see the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang and to Beijing to visit the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. Shimin and faculty member Xiaolu Shi accompanied the students on the trip.


“Forever, is composed of Nows,” wrote Emily Dickinson more than a century and a half ago—a message that resonates today more than ever. Modern life—with its overwhelming demands and distractions—makes it increasingly difficult to pause and reflect upon our lives. In this issue, Milton alumni share their stories about the power of living in the Now—of staying present to more fully assess our lives and relationships. We also feature a story about making student mental health a priority, and hear from our faculty about the importance of taking the time to listen and stay connected to ourselves.