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The Doors That Are Open To Us

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The Doors That Are Open To Us

Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen, the title of my speech today is “The Doors That Are Open to Us.” The other day my aunt paid me a visit. She was 1)overjoyed. “I got the highest mark on the mid-term examination!” she said. Don’t be surprised! My aunt is indeed a student, to be exact, a college student at the age of 45.

Last year, she put aside her private business and 2)signed up for a one-year full-time1 management course in a college. “This was the wisest decision I have ever made!” she said proudly like a teenage girl. To her, college is always a right place to pick up new ideas, and new ideas always make her feel young.

“Compared with the late’70s,” she says, “now college students have many doors.” My aunt cannot help but recall her first college experience in 1978 when college doors began to be re-opened after 3)the Cultural Revolution.     She was 4)assigned to study engineering despite her desire to study Chinese literature, and a few years later, the government sent her to work in a TV factory.

I was shocked when she first told me how she had had no choice in her major and job. Look at us today! So many doors are open to us! I believe there have never been such abundant opportunities for self-development as we have today. And my aunt told me that we should reach our goals by grasping all these opportunities.

The first door I see is the opportunity to study different kinds of subjects that interest us. My aunt said she was happy to study management, but she was also happy that she could attend lectures on ancient Chinese poetry and on Shakespearean drama. As for myself, I am an English major, but I may also go to lectures on history. To me, if college education in the past emphasized 5)specialization, now, it emphasizes free and well-rounded development of each individual. So all the fine achievements of human civilization are open to us.

The second door is the door to the outside world. Learning goes beyond classrooms and national boundaries. My aunt remembers her previous college days as 6)monotonous2 and even calls her generation “frogs in a well.” But today, as the world becomes a global village, it is important that our neighbours and we be open-minded to learn with and from each other. I have many fellow international classmates, and I am applying to an exchange program with a university abroad. As for my aunt, she is planning to get an MBA degree in the U.K. where her daughter, my cousin, is now doing her Master’s degree in 7)biochemistry. We are now taking the opportunity to study overseas, and when we come back, we’ll put to use what we have learnt abroad.

The third door is the door to life-long learning. As new ideas appear all the time, we always need to acquire new knowledge, 8)regardless of our age. Naturally, my aunt herself is the best example. Many of my aunt’s 9)contemporaries say that she is amazingly up-to-date for a middle-aged3 woman. She simply responds, “Age doesn’t matter. What matters is your attitude. You may think it’s strange that I am still going to college, but I don’t think I’m too old to learn.” Yes, she is right. Since the government removed the age limit for college admissions in 2001, there are already some untraditional students, sitting with us in the same classrooms. Like these people, my aunt is old but she is very young in spirit. With incredible energy and determination, she embodies4 both tradition and 10)modernity.

The doors open to us also pose challenges. For instance, we are faced with the challenge of a balanced learning, the challenge of preserving our fine tradition while learning from the West, and the challenge of learning continuously while carrying heavy responsibilities to our work and family. So, each door is a test of our courage, ability and judgment5, but with the support of my teachers, parents, friends and my aunt, I believe I can meet the challenge 11)head on. When I reach my aunt’s age, I can be proud to say that I have walked through dozens of doors and will, in the remainder of my life, walk through many more. Possibly I will go back to college, too.

Thank you very much Ladies and Gentlemen.

1) overjoyed [EuvE5dVCid] a. 狂喜的,极度高兴的
2) sign up 经报名(或签约)从事
3) the Cultural Revolution 文化大革命
4) assign [E5sain] v. 分配,指派
5) specialization [7speFElai5zeiFEn] n. 专业性,专门性
6) monotonous [mE5nCtEnEs] a. 单调的,无变化的
7) biochemistry [5baiEu5kemistri] n. 生物化学
8) regardless of 不管,不顾
9) contemporary [kEn5tempErEri] n. 同时代的人
10) modernity [mC5dE:niti] n. 现代性
11) head on 迎面地,正面地


舅妈说: “与七十年代末相比,现在的大学生面前敞开的机会之门太多了。”舅妈情不自禁回忆起1978年她第一次上大学的经历,那时文化大革命刚刚结束,大学校门又重新敞开。她被分派去攻读工程学,其实舅妈真正想学的是中国文学。几年后,她被分到一家电视机厂上班。



1 full-time SsBz42     
  • A full-time job may be too much for her.全天工作她恐怕吃不消。
  • I don't know how she copes with looking after her family and doing a full-time job.既要照顾家庭又要全天工作,我不知道她是如何对付的。
2 monotonous FwQyJ     
  • She thought life in the small town was monotonous.她觉得小镇上的生活单调而乏味。
  • His articles are fixed in form and monotonous in content.他的文章千篇一律,一个调调儿。
3 middle-aged UopzSS     
  • I noticed two middle-aged passengers.我注意到两个中年乘客。
  • The new skin balm was welcome by middle-aged women.这种新护肤香膏受到了中年妇女的欢迎。
4 embodies 6b48da551d6920b8da8eb01ebc400297     
v.表现( embody的第三人称单数 );象征;包括;包含
  • The new treaty embodies the aspirations of most nonaligned countries. 新条约体现了大多数不结盟国家的愿望。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • This document embodies the concern of the government for the deformity. 这个文件体现了政府对残疾人的关怀。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
5 judgment e3xxC     
  • The chairman flatters himself on his judgment of people.主席自认为他审视人比别人高明。
  • He's a man of excellent judgment.他眼力过人。
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