Every year, the senior high school graduate university selected by the New York Times applied for a composition to open a window for the curious to see the qualities that the pride of heaven might have. The window is limited, and the window is small enough (youll see five articles because of their emotional insight, insight and quirky outlandish, this years New York Times is so generalizable, but it is also colorful and thought-provoking.
For example, Geoffrey C / Yu, who is going to attend Yale University in the fall, wrote to his father in a university composition: a Chinese who grew up in the Cultural Revolution and gave up the opportunity for college to be a sister. When he was little more than waking up in Beethovens melodious music every morning, he thought that his father was growing up in the breath of hay and livestock, and there was such a distinct difference between the two generations.
But he learned a lot from his father: he could build a greenhouse from scratch, make a plaster with toilet paper, care for the life of his children carefully and carefully, and raise chicken ducks in the kitchen with his son, and share with him the experience of growing up in the country...
Xiao Yus father did not work formally. He spent most of his day caring for his family.
And Eric Ngugi Musundu, who is coming to the Harvard University, also mentioned his family and cultural background in his composition: in the mud brick wall house in Nairobi, grandma kneads the noodles, preparing the most typical Kenya meal, pancakes, sweet bread; cousin cousins running bare feet on the mud. Run to play football, curious about his glistening teeth. The life here is very different from my life in the United States, and the hardship of poverty seems to be incompatible with the flickering prosperity. But this is the two world I inherit. And I cant live without any other world in any world.
The gap between high school and university is huge, but for those who carry me all the way, I have to get across.
The first time I read these college entrance application essays, I felt exceptionally warm - but I couldnt tell why. Isnt it all ordinary life? Perhaps everyone can shake off their lives and shake off their lives, so that they can sort out a flash of life. I even think wisely that the key to their application to these schools, Im afraid, is not something that is mentioned in this document, but the excellent high school grades, the rich volunteer experience, the amazing SAT score, and so on.
But think again, the reason why I was touched is that I didnt notice such moments in my life when I was in college.
I have written in the composition of the entrance application, the line of the line is several years to several years, where I read, won a certain award, what activities to participate in...
The state is so tight that nothing else can be said about life.
So it is warm to see such documents, after all, each of their compositions has a bright face, and all of them have a definite and own life.
These documents remind me of my own conversation with a Beijing resident who lived in the United States for nearly thirty years last year. In her spare time, she will help the Chinese in the community to see the application documents and make the college entrance examination consultation. Her sons and daughters went to Harvard University, but one of them was a public high school in the community, and the other graduated from a private high school.
I was very curious: what is the biggest difference between public high schools and private high schools?
She thought to say, there are more courses in public high school, academic burden - 7 courses for one semester in public high school, only 5 courses in one term in private schools, and other time to develop children to develop hobbies.
I also asked her, what is the biggest difference between high school and rattan school?
The answer is: high school students are monotonous. They are all neighborhoods of the same community. But Harvard students have all kinds of backgrounds, elites, and especially poor families, especially in the remote third world countries. The proportion of people of different ethnic groups is almost the same as that of society.
So it is not surprising that the application composition selected by the New York Times shows such a look.
Caroline Bates application for admission from New York is probably the most consistent with my original understanding of university entrance examination. She wrote her own experience as a volunteer to help people pay taxes. This is a professional job. She passed the IRS examination at the age of 16 and obtained the qualification certificate, and the second young tax returns in the region were 37 years old. But to complete the work, we need not only professional skills, but also patience to listen and communicate.
So the high school student, who was going to attend the Yale University in the fall, knew how to live on the edge of the society, how the tax affected life: she saw someone who had a toothache for months unwilling to see a doctor, and saw some people saving money from the tax credit to look after the disabled grandmother; see the elderly below the low insurance line. Insist on paying the school district tax...
Everyone mentioned their growth in their application essay. Caroline was not able to change the country by his duty in the tax season, but she found that her job changed the way each customer communicated with the system.
Maybe in the future, she will become a system change person.
But it may be thankful that not every student needs to have such an extraordinary experience of her, and the rest of the schools composition is only daily, and the daily, sharp and fresh soul can be refined.
Lin pinna, from Texas, sewn on the quilt, she remembered the father who was used to stealing, thought of her fathers hard home in jail, and remembered how grandma kept her capricious growth. The stitching quilt was like portrayed the toughness that we had faced and overcame many obstacles. Sex. Xiao Yu, a Chinese student, found out from his fathers companion, what does my father do? Its not a difficult question to answer. Although the father did not work, but he taught the children, is optimistic, enthusiastic, creative these qualities, and do not have to follow the routine to live, to measure the attitude of success. The life of the son of heaven is also the life of every ordinary person. Who can not be so young for this kind of youth? Source: ice weekly editor: Zhu Xiaodong _NBJS6126
Xiao Yu, a Chinese student, found out from his fathers companion, what does my father do? Its not a difficult question to answer. Although the father did not work, but he taught the children, is optimistic, enthusiastic, creative these qualities, and do not have to follow the routine to live, to measure the attitude of success.
The life of the son of heaven is also the life of every ordinary person.