EXPRESSIONS

Xujie (Jeffrey) Cheng (grade 11)

bio

My name is Xujie (Jeffrey) Cheng and I’m a junior. In my free time, I like playing the piano. I like to feel the fun that music brings me. At the same time, I also like to help the residents of the community. I will go to the shopping center around the community every Sunday to pick up garbage. I hope to make a small contribution to the world through my own efforts.

what motivated you to write this piece?

I often felt anxious in my junior year, but I was not willing to let my emotions defeat me. So I put my mood and hope into a poem, to encourage myself.

what artists and/or writers inspired or influenced your work?

Walt Whitman is the writer who inspired me. His works are basically based on the free verse. I modeled my poem after his form.

what message do you hope to convey to the reader through your piece?

Through my work, I hope to give hope to my peers who used to be anxious like me and help them get through the difficulties in learning.