Amber Chen (`18) and Beryl Chen (`18) are excited about their second year.
Last year, the Academy welcomed two sisters, Amber Chen (`18) and Beryl Chen (`18) who are fraternal twins from China. The Lance Staff wanted to catch up with them to see what’s changed and what’s the same.
the rice they eat in the United States does not taste the same as that back in China.
Unlike last year when they celebrated their birthdays eating Chipotle to fulfill the custom of eating a bowl of rice at lunch and dinner separated from the actual meal, the Chens decided this year to buy two large cakes from Whole Foods. They left the cakes out on the tables in front of the kitchen on August 15, sharing the joys of their 15th birthday with everyone in the dorms. The Chens decided not to follow the rice custom because the rice they eat in the United States does not taste the same as that back in China.
While they celebrated their birthdays differently, some things have not changed since last year. The Chens went bowling again as student ambassadors during the new international orientation before school started. Once again, Beryl did so much better than Amber, even when they took out the bumpers for the last part of the game. Beryl got a strike, and Amber got three spares.
Since last year, the Chens have come to appreciate and take advantage of many school opportunities. One of their favorites is the after school tutoring program for which the sisters go down to the Lower School to spend time with K-6 kids. The Chens started participating in it last year. Beryl said, “It’s really fun.”