高中申本科文书写作与申请

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Essay 1 (500 words)

Describe an experience in your life which you have challenged yourself and how you have benefited from it.

Throughout my life, I have faced many important challenges and overcoming each challenge has allowed me to discover my innate potentials to succeed on both academic and personal levels. The process of facing challenge itself is agonizing, but what you can derive from the outcome of the challenge is your renewed confidence in yourself and your determination to scale new heights.

As a Chinese student with long-cherished desire to study in the United States, I must first pass a number of English tests like SAT, TOEFL, and even GRE in order to qualify for application. For me, to expand my vocabulary of English by memorizing tens and thousands of English words in a limited period of time is a Herculean task, especially so when I have to do regular coursework which should by no means by affected by my preparation for those tests.

In this past summer, I started to prepare for SAT and, when I had a general idea about this test, I realized that to memorize a sea of English vocabulary would constitute my greatest obstacle. If I could make a special effort by memorizing thousands of words within a month, I would be able to pave a good way for my subsequent steps. Otherwise, my entire plan of applying for an international education would be completely jeopardized.

I started my vocabulary expansion project by first studying the effective tactics and strategies employed by other Chinese students in their similar experiences of vocabulary development. Indeed, I found that much of their experience shed light on my own efforts. After sufficient investigations, I chose a “SAT Vocabulary Package Within 17 Days” which meant that I would have to complete a task which would otherwise usually take 6 months or even longer. I knew that without great passion and perseverance, it would be a mission impossible.

I made a detailed and rigorous plan. According to the schedule, I would memorize new words from 7 to 10 o’clock in the morning and from 7 to 10 o’clock in the evening I must review new words memorized in the morning. For the first three days, my efficiency was indeed high, but with the passage of days there were more and more vocabulary that needed to be reviewed and the review would last until after 12 o’clock. By the 8th day, my brain was totally blank and I almost collapsed, both psychologically and physiologically. In my despair, I said to myself :” To hell with it.”

By the time I woke up the next morning, I was filled with a sense of guilt and remorse. I realized that since I chose to pursue a course of action with tremendous self-imposed challenges, there is no turning back. I had to face the challenge. I told myself to breathe a deep breath and to relax, trying to make up the workload left over from previous days. I learned to make necessary adjustments and have diversions—playing the guitar when I felt too tired and resume the task when fully refreshed. In this way, I endured the most difficult few days and proceeded smoothly. In my complacence, I committed another mistake—I tried to cram more words than I could memorize, to such an extent that by the 15th day, I was amazed to find that I had almost forgotten all the previous ten lists. Therefore I had to spend the next 3 days going over and over them until on the 22nd day, I completed the entire vocabulary book.

Although I failed to complete the task within 17 days, I still consider it a major achievement because