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Making Choices

时间:2006-11-13 16:00来源:互联网 提供网友:linquans   字体: [ ]

Making Choices

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, thank you for your patience. Today I would like to begin with my personal experience.

Before getting enrolled1 in college, I had been 1)bombarded with suggestions.
“Take courses of different subjects. Broaden your 2)horizon,” my high school teacher advised.

“Dive into campus activities. Have fun!” a friend said. She was well seasoned in 3)Student Union affairs.

“Work hard. Get as many ‘A’s as possible. Make your 4)transcript2 look good!” my cousin offered. By the way, she was a senior busy hunting for a job.
As for my mom, she simply said, “Take care. Don't be too hard on yourself.”

Composed but hopeful, I eagerly set out for an exciting life at college. Yet very soon, as I pondered these golden rules, I was overwhelmed and bewildered. Such advice all made perfect sense. Yet I couldn't figure out what should top my priority list.

My first semester at college was 5)stimulating3 in a somewhat 6)anarchic way. I rushed from library to club, from classroom to tennis court, “enjoying”, as it were, the freshness of being a freshman4 at the expense of my sleep. Little by little, however, I became overtaxed and eventually fell victim to the “Yu Men” 7)syndrome5—“Yu Men” being stressful misery6. Literally7, I was 8)overwrought from the pressures of work and life at college. I wanted to experience and excel. I wanted everything. Emotionally, I was like an 9)insatiable kid whose hand had got stuck in the candy jar with way too many sweets in it.

Luckily I didn't suffer for too long from my “get-everything” 10)malaise. Recently, Mr. Tom Freston, president of the media company MTV came to my school. His talk inspired me. He proudly told us that the average age of his employees is only 28. What's the secret behind the success of his young team? “11)Sagacity,” he told us, “In other words, being conscious of what one is doing and what one is able to do.”

Exactly! As a freshman about to be a sophomore8, I realize now that our time and 12)stamina9 don't allow us to extend ourselves in all directions. So the moral responsibility of college education is to teach students the art of making important choices. No matter how hard the growing pains are, mastering this art is at the heart of every undergraduate’s success, whether in school now or in life later on.

So I am learning to make such choices. Joining this competition, for instance, has been one. I've wanted to fully10 experience this contest, to make friends, to discover what my age peers believe and to stretch myself in new and unexpected ways. I imagine this is true for most contestants11 here today. But to do so, we've chosen to set aside pleasures, such as watching TV series “Friends” and karaoke evenings, so we could invest more time in more reading, speaking, and study.

Yet this competition, by forcing us to take charge of our decisions, has surely helped us define our values, find out what we're capable of doing, and learn what best suits our individual development. I believe this knowledge of one's own caliber12 is the most valuable, 13)integral and longest lasting13 lesson for students in this increasingly competitive world.

As for the challenges and opportunities for us, they will be determined14 by how adequately our education trains us to gain a clear perception of ourselves, and thereby15 to make sensible choices that follow. College education, as British philosopher Alfred North Whitehead said, “should be energizing16 as the poet of our dreams and the architect of our purposes.” Such purpose, self-discipline and vision all 14)hinge on the art of choice-making.

As I look back on the advice received those very first days on campus, I no longer feel 15)perplexed17, because I now have my own guideline: Make choices that lead to a clearer vision of who I am, what I can do, and how I may best tap my potential. The horizon is now wide but distinct. And the taste already feels sweet.

Thank you very much!

1) bombard [5bCmbB:d] v. 炮轰;轰击
2) horizon [hE5raizn] n.(知识,思想等的)范围,视野
3) Student Union 学生会
4) transcript [5trAnskript] n. 成绩单
5) stimulating [5stimjuleitiN] a. 刺激的,有刺激性的
6) anarchic [A5nB:kik] a. 无政府主义的,无法无天的
7) syndrome [5sindrEum] n. 综合病症
8) overwrought [5EuvE5rC:t] a. 过度紧张的,过劳的
9) insatiable [in5seiFEbl] a. 不知足的,贪求无厌的
10) malaise [mA5leiz] n. 不舒服
11) sagacity [sE5^Asiti] n. 睿智,聪敏
12) stamina [5stAminE] n. 毅力,持久力,精力
13) integral [5inti^rEl] a. 完整的,整体的
14) hinge on 靠……转动,以……为转移
15) perplexed [pE5plekst] a. 困惑的,不知所措的





1 enrolled ff7af27948b380bff5d583359796d3c8     
adj.入学登记了的v.[亦作enrol]( enroll的过去式和过去分词 );登记,招收,使入伍(或入会、入学等),参加,成为成员;记入名册;卷起,包起
  • They have been studying hard from the moment they enrolled. 从入学时起,他们就一直努力学习。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He enrolled with an employment agency for a teaching position. 他在职业介绍所登了记以谋求一个教师的职位。 来自《简明英汉词典》
2 transcript JgpzUp     
  • A transcript of the tapes was presented as evidence in court.一份录音带的文字本作为证据被呈交法庭。
  • They wouldn't let me have a transcript of the interview.他们拒绝给我一份采访的文字整理稿。
3 stimulating ShBz7A     
  • shower gel containing plant extracts that have a stimulating effect on the skin 含有对皮肤有益的植物精华的沐浴凝胶
  • This is a drug for stimulating nerves. 这是一种兴奋剂。
4 freshman 1siz9r     
  • Jack decided to live in during his freshman year at college.杰克决定大一时住校。
  • He is a freshman in the show business.他在演艺界是一名新手。
5 syndrome uqBwu     
  • The Institute says that an unidentified virus is to blame for the syndrome. 该研究所表示,引起这种综合症的是一种尚未确认的病毒。
  • Results indicated that 11 fetuses had Down syndrome. 结果表明有11个胎儿患有唐氏综合征。
6 misery G10yi     
  • Business depression usually causes misery among the working class.商业不景气常使工薪阶层受苦。
  • He has rescued me from the mire of misery.他把我从苦海里救了出来。
7 literally 28Wzv     
  • He translated the passage literally.他逐字逐句地翻译这段文字。
  • Sometimes she would not sit down till she was literally faint.有时候,她不走到真正要昏厥了,决不肯坐下来。
8 sophomore PFCz6     
  • He is in his sophomore year.他在读二年级。
  • I'm a college sophomore majoring in English.我是一名英语专业的大二学生。
9 stamina br8yJ     
  • I lacked the stamina to run the whole length of the race.我没有跑完全程的耐力。
  • Giving up smoking had a magical effect on his stamina.戒烟神奇地增强了他的体力。
10 fully Gfuzd     
  • The doctor asked me to breathe in,then to breathe out fully.医生让我先吸气,然后全部呼出。
  • They soon became fully integrated into the local community.他们很快就完全融入了当地人的圈子。
11 contestants 6183e6ae4586949fe63bec42c8d3a422     
n.竞争者,参赛者( contestant的名词复数 )
  • The competition attracted over 500 contestants representing 8 different countries. 这次比赛吸引了代表8个不同国家的500多名参赛者。
  • Two candidates are emerging as contestants for the presidency. 两位候选人最终成为总统职位竞争者。 来自《简明英汉词典》
12 caliber JsFzO     
  • They ought to win with players of such high caliber.他们选手的能力这样高,应该获胜。
  • We are always trying to improve the caliber of our schools.我们一直在想方设法提高我们学校的水平。
13 lasting IpCz02     
  • The lasting war debased the value of the dollar.持久的战争使美元贬值。
  • We hope for a lasting settlement of all these troubles.我们希望这些纠纷能获得永久的解决。
14 determined duszmP     
  • I have determined on going to Tibet after graduation.我已决定毕业后去西藏。
  • He determined to view the rooms behind the office.他决定查看一下办公室后面的房间。
15 thereby Sokwv     
  • I have never been to that city,,ereby I don't know much about it.我从未去过那座城市,因此对它不怎么熟悉。
  • He became a British citizen,thereby gaining the right to vote.他成了英国公民,因而得到了投票权。
16 energizing e3f2f6cebc209a6ba70f00dcd4da3708     
v.给予…精力,能量( energize的现在分词 );使通电
  • a refreshing and energizing fruit drink 提神并增加体能的果汁饮料
  • The time required after energizing a device, before its rated output characteristics begin to apply. 从设备通电到它开始提供额定输出特性之间所需的时间。 来自辞典例句
17 perplexed A3Rz0     
  • The farmer felt the cow,went away,returned,sorely perplexed,always afraid of being cheated.那农民摸摸那头牛,走了又回来,犹豫不决,总怕上当受骗。
  • The child was perplexed by the intricate plot of the story.这孩子被那头绪纷繁的故事弄得迷惑不解。
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