“Financial aid” refers to the money a student receives while paying for college. The money can be in the form of loans, which have to be paid back, or grants and scholarships which do not. Gr
ants come from the government and are always need-based. This means they are given to students who have less money and thus need more help. Scholarships come from either the universities themselves or other organizations.
Part A Hello, everybody. Welcome to Studio Classroom Worldwide. Thanks for joining us today. Kaylah, I know that today’s topic is really special for you. Yes. I love talking about Jeremy Lin. I’m a big fan, so thank you for having me, Steve. Yeah. Jeremy Lin is indeed a wonderful basketball player. Yes, wonderful. He’s a smart Harvard graduate. Really smart. He’s a loyal supporter of his fans. So loyal! He’s a man who loves his family. Loves them so much. Kaylah, what are you doing? Well, I am just agreeing with you. Why do you keep interrupting me? I’m excited to talk about Jeremy Lin some more. So you are a big fan, aren’t you? Yes.Well, then can you tell me his jersey numbe r? Number seven. Can you tell me how tall he is?
Six feet three inches.
Uh... OK, here’s a hard one. What is his birthday? Easy! August 23, 1988.See? I told you I was a fan. Wow! Yes, you are. How do you know so much about him? The Internet. Oh, right. But if he wasn’t such an amazing basketball player, you wouldn’t know who he is, would you? Probably not. So let’s learn about his journey to the NBA starting on page 19, Rise of a Star.
(Text) Jeremy Lin. Rise of a Star. In high school, Lin dreamed of playing in the NBA but did not really expect to do so. When he applied for college, he was not offered a single sports scholarship. However, after his admission to Harvard, he was offered a place on its college basketball team. During Lin’s time at Harvard, his basketball career began to take off. He scored 1,482 points, making him one of the highest scorers in Ivy League history. Eventually, the recognition he received led him to suspect that his NBA dream could come true. Friends, it’s exciting to be talking about someone we can all admire. Jeremy Lin is an incredible basketball player as well as a very smart student and devoted to his family as well. Yeah. We’ve seen how he is a great person on the court, he is also a good person in life thanks to the support of his family. But his support of his family was what pushed him to become what he ... is today. So we’re talking about this Rise of a Star. Now Ryan, we’re not talking about a star as in the night sky. No, of course not. We’re talking about someone who is famous. And he is very famous! We saw the he is the first Chinese-American basketball player in the NBA. That’s right. But this is the “rise of a star,” so this is how he became the star that he is. It’s about him coming up, his journey to becoming an NBA basketball player. Well, we saw that it started when he was
five when he learned the game but continued. Right. Now in high school, he dreamed of playing in the NBA but did not really expect to do so. I think most high school boys, I know my friends that played basketball in high school always dreamed of playing for the NBA. So I imagine most young boys do dream of playing in the NBA, but he never thought he really would. Yeah. And like most boys, we probably didn’t expect to make it into like the NBA or the MLB for baseball. But here we see Jeremy Lin he eventually did do that. In fact, when he applied for college, he was not offered a single sports scholarship. Now most players that go on to play for the NBA attend college on a sports scholarship. That means the school, the government gives them money to play basketball or whatever sport at their school. Right. A scholarship is money given to a student so that they can attend the school. And of course, most schools you would want them to offer you a sports scholarship so that you could become, hopefully, a professional sports player. Now most often if you’re not offered a sports scholarship, that means you’ve not been offered a place on the team right away. So it’s best if you want to play the sport to be going in as an established player. However, this was not what happened for Jeremy. That’s right, yeah. We see uh... after his admission to Harvard, he was offered a place on its college basketball team. Now Ryan, that’s rare to be attending school and then just try out for the team. But he made the team a nd had no sports scholarships at all. Exactly. And that was after his “admission,” which is when a school agrees to let you come and join that school. Now what’s interesting about this, Kaylah, is that he didn’t receive any scholarships. Usually if you are a good player, you don’t... or you would receive a scholarship.But they still let him on their team. That’s right. He started to play for them. And during his time at Harvard, his basketball career began to just take off. Exactly. And if something “takes off,” OK, we’ve talked about airplanes taking off when they lift into the sky, this is a little bit different. This means that you begin to become successful very quickly. That’s right. And it is kind of like an airplane take off when you thin k about it. You become successful very quickly just as an airplane begins to go into the air very quickly, so it rises into the sky. And that’s what you are doing. If your career takes off, you are quickly going up in the ranks. Yes. And we see how he did that. He scored 1,482 points, making him one of the highest scorers in Ivy
League history. That is a lot of points. That is so many points. But this was in Ivy League history he set this record. Now the ”Ivy League” refers to a group of colleges an d universities in the United States that are thought to be the highest level of education, so. There are quite a few: Dartmouth and Harvard and... there’s a whole list of them that are considered very high academics that you need to get into.
Yeah. Many people like those schools and so that makes it even more impressive. I am still amazed that he scored 1,482 points. I think that is a lot. Well, Ryan, that statistic, that impressive score is actually what made him think he could receive recognition from the NBA and maybe his dream could become true. Right. And he did get a lot of recognition for being such a good player in such good schools, so he began to suspect or began to think maybe he could join the NBA. All right, now let’s go to the Chat Room.
(Chat Room) Hi, Ken. Hey, Bryan. I just picked up this flyer at the front door. So the library is offering a scholarship for local high school students? That’s right. We are giving five students $1,000 each in financial aid for college. That’s great. Hey, by the way, is there a difference between financial aid and a scholarship? Great question, Ken. Hey, let’s see what Doris has to say about this. “Financial aid” refers to the money a student receives while paying for college. The m oney can be in the form of loans, which have to be paid back, or grants and scholarships which do not. Grants come from the government and are always need-based. This means they are given to students who have less money and thus need more help. Scholarships come from either the universities themselves or other organizations. I see. So are scholarships need-based? Some are needs-based, but others are merit-based, which means they’re given on the basis of grades or other abilities. So this scholarship the library is offering, is it merit-based or need-based? It’s merit-based. We determine who gets it by looking at their grades. Applicants also have to write an essay about their favorite books. What about sports or music scholarships? Are they merit-based or need-based? Those are generally a type of merit-based scholarship based on a student’s performance in either sports or music. I see. Well, thanks for the explanation.
No problem, Ken. By the way, do you know anyone who might be interested in this scholarship? Yes, my nephew is graduating this year and plans to start college in the fall. I’m sure he could use a little extra money. Great. You should tell him to apply. Thanks. I will. (Chinese).
So Jeremy Lin attended one of the best schools in the United States without a sports scholarship, but soon proved just how valuable he was on a basketball court, which made him think that his dreams just might come true. Now friends, I hope this is an encouragement to you to keep trying, to keep going after your dreams because just like Jeremy, you never know what the future may hold. Well, join us to hear more of his story on page 20 at the top on line one.
(Text) Jeremy Lin. When he first graduated, no professional teams offered Lin a contract, but he was invited to play in the NBA Summer League. He played well and ended up eagerly signing a contract with the Golden State Warriors. Life in the NBA.
At first, playing in professional games filled Lin with excitement. He treasured opportunities to meet players he had been watching on TV for years. He was thrilled by the opportunities he had to ride in private planes and give interviews.
To understand how Jeremy Lin got into the NBA, we need to understand how you end up in the NBA in the first place. Usually you do need to graduate from university, and then you are asked to join an NBA team to sign a contract. But that’s not what happened for Jeremy. That’s right. When first he... when he first graduated, there were no professional teams who offered him a contract. Usually that would happen pretty quickly when you graduate. That’s right. Especially considering just how amazing a player he is, he would think he would have a contract right away. But he was not offered a contract, but that wasn’t the end. He was invited to play in the NBA Summer League, which is a group that meets during the summer, during the off-season, not during the major games, and they play together in hopes of catching the attention and getting asked to join one of the NBA teams. Right. This is a “league,” which is a group of teams that play against each other usually in a game. And they are trying to get the attention of the NBA to get them into the real games. He played well. So during the summer he played very well and ended up eagerly signing a contract with the Golden State Warriors. Oh, I can imagine that he would be very eager, Kaylah, to sign a contract. Now the word “eagerly” here is referring to doing something being very excited, very happy to do it. That’s right, and he would be! He played in the NBA Summer League, he was excited when they offered him a contract. That’s the agreement that he will play for their team and they will pay him to be a Golden State Warrior. And that’s very exciting. He’s going to tell us a little bit about... some more actually about his life in the NBA. Yeah. Let’s visit Teacher Simon Stopps for another interview.
(Interview) Jeremy, we’re so glad to have you back her e again. Tell me, did you ever imagine you would have been so successful? Growing up, I always dreamed about playing in the NBA. And it was just something I’d hope for as a kid
just watching the NBA. But I wouldn’t say it became a reality until maybe my senior year in college. That’s when I began to think I had a chance. And so when I finally made it, I just remember it was a long journey of the long path, and I was just very, very thankful that I was finally here. How do you deal with the pressure of that success? At the beginning of the season I really struggled with that, just with a lot of the media and the attention and the fans. But once I learned to let go of... of the expectations of others and to start playing for God rather than other people and rather for myself, that’s when I began to really enjoy the game again and to have that passion come back. Jeremy, who do you turn to when you need support or advice? Well, I’m very close to my family and so I always talk to my family about, you know, different stuggles, things I’m going through.And also because I play for the Warriors, I moved to my hometown. I go to my home church and so I have my small group and I have my pastor who disciples me as well and my close friends who all live in the area. Thanks, Jeremy. Students, join us again tomorrow on Studio Classroom. We’ll be talking to Jeremy Lin, professional NBA basketball player, for another day.
What an incredible opportunity to be playing for the NBA team in your hometown. What an awesome experience! He gets to stay near his family, and as he said, his small group and his pastor at church for support.
Yeah. It’s great that he has so much support from so many people and that he is still near home. And of course, he has to deal with a lot of media attention, but it’s great that he has so many people caring about him. That’s right. He definitely has a lot of media attention. But that is all just part of life in the NBA. Now we’re going to talk about his life in the NBA. At first, things were a little different. Right. Playing in professional games filled Jeremy Lin with a lot of excitement. And I can imagine. I would be excited too. What an experience to be playing on a professional court! He said he treasured opportunities to meet players he had been watching on TV for years. Now this would be so exciting to be able to meet some of maybe your... even basketball heros, your favorite players and to be on the same court as them. What an awesome experience. Yes, he would definitely treasure that. That means you... greatly enjoy it and remember it. And of course, if you... before he was a basketball player, he was a basketball fan. And so it was really a great chance for him to see his favorite players. That’s right.He was thrilled by the opportunities he had to ride in the private planes and give interviews. So if he was “thrilled,” what does that mean? Well, if you’re ”thrilled,” it means you are extremely happy, you really enjoy it. A child might be thrilled by a chance to go to a theme park, for example. That’s right, you could be thrilled. And as an adult playing in the NBA for the first time, it would be a thrill to ride on a private plane. Now a lot of professional basketball and all sports teams travel by private airplanes so that they’re not with all the rest of us who would be so excited to see them. They get their own airplane. And that, Ryan, I can’t... I can’t even imagine being on a private airplane. What a cool experience! Yes. Now friends, he gets a lot of great opportunities. And an “opportunity” is a chance to do something, typically a chance to do something great. And like Kaylah said, a chance to ride on a private plane and to give interviews? Oh, that’s awesome! To be... for someone to want to hear what you have to say is really a blessing and very exciting when people care what you think. So for Jeremy, when he first joined the NBA, giving interviews was a wonderful experience. And I hope his Studio Classroom interview was a good experience too. Yeah. These are some great opportunities, plane rides and interviews. In fact, we’ve got one more interview from Jeremy coming up tomorrow, so be sure to join us then. Right now let’s watch the skit.
(Skit) Mom, I finished my homework. Great. Now you can practice basketball. Yeah, because I dream of playing with the NBA. Jeremy dreamed of that too. But he didn’t really expect it would happen. Why not? He’s a good player. Yes. But when he applied for college, he wasn’t offered a single scholarship. What? No scholarship? No scholarship. But after his admission, Harvard did offer him a place on their team. Oh, that’s good. Did he play well? Oh, yes. And his basketball career began to take off. He was one of the highest scorers in Ivy League history. And his NBA dreams came true. Yes, but not right away. When he first graduated, no professional teams offered him a contract. What? No contract? No contract. So he played in the NBA Summer League. He played very well. And then? And then he ended up signing a contract with the Golden State Warriors.
Hooray! He did it! Yes. Now go practice basketball. I will because I want to be just like...Jeremy Lin.
(Language Tips) Hi, everyone. I’m Michelle. (Chinese). And that concludes our Language Tips. I’ll see you soon. Bye -bye.
Wow, Jeremy Lin’s life, what a journey! I know! Can you imagine living out your dream job? Especially when it is something most people will never do. Wow! What an awesome guy! You know, I think this Jeremy Lin guy is really inspirational. How? Well, he shows us that with hard work, determination and good goals, we can accomplish some amazing things in life. You know, you are right. Jeremy Lin didn’t get upset when he didn’t get offers right away but played his hardest for the NBA Summer League. And that is commitment to a sport. And it paid off. Steve, do you think being famous like Jeremy Lin is just all fun? No, I don’t. I think it would be fun but th at there are also times that would be stressful and hard. Hmm, like what? Well, let’s meet again tomorrow and we can talk more about it then. Friends, we hope
you have a great day.
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