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高中生 Essay: Advice I have received from a teddy bear


It’s strange to say that the best piece of advice I have ever received as from a stuffed teddy bear. But however strange this may be, it is nevertheless true. The advice that I received from this very special bear has dictated the way I have lived my entire life. Let me explain.

 As an immigrant to the United States, I neither looked nor acted like an American as a child. I spoke little English and was unable to even spell my own name in kindergarten. As a result, I remained a recluse from most of the other children, preferring my little corner in the classroom to the flurry of activities the other kids participated in. But in spite of all this, the thing I wished for the most in the world was a friend. Yet I remained too shy to approach any of the other kindergarteners in my class and found myself companionless and lonely.

One day my kindergarten teacher assigned to us a task that required each student in the class to pair up with a partner. Having refused to associate myself with any of the other students I saw every other student find their best friend to partner up with, leaving me on my lonesome. It was the most horrible feeling in the world.

 I ran home crying. Bawling my eyes out, I turned on the television, hoping to find respite from my woes in a cartoon. The cartoon that was on was from the animated Disney television series Winnie-the-Pooh.

 In that particular episode, Piglet, Pooh’s timid and shy best friend, encounters a porcupine in the forest. Seeing the porcupine’s menacing quills, Piglet becomes terrified and scurries away. When Porcupine arrives at the Hundred Acre Wood all of the animals, including Pooh, greet Porcupine cheerfully. Only Piglet remains fearful of Porcupine. As a result, he spends much time trying to avoid Porcupine. Porcupine is saddened by this, but doesn’t take any action to introduce himself to Piglet. When Pooh saw this, he whispered a piece of advice to Porcupine: “You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” Porcupine takes these wise words to heart and finally finds the courage to approach Piglet. As a result, he and Piglet find that they shared many interests and hobbies in common and became fantastic friends.

 This episode struck a chord in me. Pooh was right. I couldn’t expect a friend to suddenly just pop into my life. I had to do something as well. Pooh’s words paved the path to a revelation. I realized that the only way to meet a friend was to be one. That year in kindergarten, I began to interact and open myself to others and soon met a boy named Tom who shared the same interests as I did. We became the best of buddies. In no time at all I had found a friend.

 The years passed and although Tom moved away, we still stayed in touch. In addition, through my expanded interaction with others I had found myself a host of other friends. Even when I switched schools, Pooh’s advice stayed with me. I saw that it wasn’t hard to find something in others that you liked and that if you treat others kindly, they will reciprocate one hundred percent of the time.

 Now, years after I heard Pooh’s insightful words, I am the captain of my school’s debate team, have been an instructor at a public speaking camp, and have also been voted twice as the “Coolest Clown” by my peers. My friends tell me I’m outgoing and outspoken, never shy to talk to a total stranger. I have made it my personal duty to find those who are too shy to speak in my classes and plop myself down next to them and introduce myself. I’ve met more people this way than I have waiting for others to come and talk to me. Pooh’s advice, however simple and seemingly childish, has nevertheless reverberated throughout my entire life.

 I have been able to become friends with so many people, no matter how shy and close-lipped when I met them, because I saw a piece of me in them. I realized that these people had put up walls not to keep others out, but like me, to see who cared enough to break them down. In the end, it was a stuffed teddy bear’s wise words that gave me the necessary tools to do so.





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芝加哥大学正在准备125周年校庆,我们对此充满怀旧情怀。125年 来,很多事情有所改变——游泳已经不再是毕业要求了,而且学校在经济学、政治学、以及分子工程方面的前沿研究正为新进杰出机构所支持。但不足为奇的是学校 很多传统依然一如既往——我们对于无畏探索的支持、提出涉及大方向的重要问题、以及我们的“奇葩”招生作文选题。每一年,申请者从若干个招生作文选题中选 择其一作答,这些选题无一与传统的大学申请作文模式吻合。请以此为契机,运用你的知识,以及一点点的幽默,进行创造性思考。让你的想象力引领你享受这个探 索之旅。

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True or false?
 加州大学改变入学标准 in 2012
 您的小孩子如果在好学区, 他们进入加州大学的机会将大幅降低
 2012 起, 加大将取消部分考试成绩并增加一般高中入学名额,
  越好的高中名额降幅将可能越大 从50%降低到9%。

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