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目标的明确会让你顺利的得到美国高校的青睐!天道教育美籍顾问Christopher Koontz图文并茂讲述怎样让Essay问题变得特别简单,让你的美国大学面试回答变得深刻而有洞察力!

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Why do you do what you do?

  何以如斯?何以为志?

  美国大学申请的活动经历策划

  Knowing why you do what you do is the biggest key to achieving success.  Knowing why keeps you focused. It provides you with a tangible goal. It gives  you motivation and the will to overcome inevitable setbacks along the way.  Moreover, it will help you get accepted at an American university.

  成功最重要的因素就是知道原因。这个原因可以给你提供一个明确的目标,而明确的目标会让你更专注,同时也会让你在前进的路上更坚定也更有动力的克服一些必然的挫折。当然,更重要的是目标的明确会让你顺利的得到美国高校的青睐!

  I’m the kind of guy who likes learning through pictures, so I’ve created  this graph to show you what I mean.

  我是一个特别喜欢用图表来说话的人,所以我用下面的图表来说明一下我的观点。

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  It’s unreasonable to think you can be fully committed 100% of the time.  Life happens. Other commitments occasionally take priority. But, if you know the  answer to why, you’ll pick it back up once you’ve handled your other  commitments.

  在有限的时间里百分之百的完成任务好像有些不太可能,生活总是这样,而且其他各种事情偶尔也会占用时间。但是如果你知道做事的原因,你就会回到处理这些杂事之前的时间并捡起重要的事情。

  I’ll give you an example from my childhood which can serve as both a  success story as well as a failure.

  我来拿我小时候的事作为一个即可以算作成功也可以算作失败的例子。

  When I was 13 years-old, I decided that I wanted to play saxophone. The  academic year was half over, so I unfortunately wasn’t allowed to join the  school band because my skill level lagged far behind the other students.  However, with the help of a saxophonist friend combined with some personal  enthusiasm, I was able to persuade the band instructor to allow me to join at  the start of spring semester.

  当我13岁时,我想要学萨克斯管。当时第一学期已经进行到一半,因为技巧远远跟不上其他学生,我不能进入学校的乐队。但是,在一位萨克斯管演奏朋友的帮助下,我非常努力的练习,在第二学期的开始我就说服乐队老师让我进入到了乐队。

  I knew it would be challenging. I understood that I would have to work  twice as hard to catch up to the other band members. Therefore, I made it my  goal to become the top saxophonist by the end of the semester.

  我知道这非常有挑战性,我也知道如果想要追上其他乐队成员的水平,我可能要付出两倍的努力。所以在第一学期末,我给自己定下了成为最顶级的萨克斯管演奏者的目标。

  When spring semester began, I spent the first few weeks being tutored on  how to read music and play a few notes. Each week, we were tested on our  individual progress, and I embarrassingly had to play simple major scales or  two-note songs whilst everyone else played that week’s newest lessons: full  songs with chord progressions. I felt ridiculous, but I had a goal and was fully  committed, leading me to practice every night for hours, much to the annoyance  of my parents. I was fully dedicated to my saxophone.

  在第二学期开始的几个星期,我着实花费了一些时间来学习阅读和演奏乐谱。每周,乐队都会对每个人的进度进行测试。所以当每个人都开始演奏一些带着和弦的完整歌曲时,只有我还在尴尬的演奏着一些简单的大音阶或者两个音符的歌曲。我觉得这事实在有些荒谬,但是我有一个目标并对自己做了承诺,这个承诺让我每天晚上都会练习很长时间,即使这对我的父母来说是很大的噪音。我已经完全沉浸在萨克斯管里了。

  Within months, my skill level was on par with my band mates, and by our  end-of-term spring concert, I was awarded with first chair after earning a  string of top marks on our weekly exams. I was ecstatic. I couldn’t believe how  far I’d come.

  几个月后,我的技巧水平已经和我乐队的同学一样了,而在第二学期末的音乐会上,我已经坐在了第一排的位置并赢得了每周考试的最好评价。我非常高兴,简直不能相信我竟然做了这么多。

  Afterwards, however, came the let down. By the following semester, I had  grown overly confident. I had improved so quickly that I no longer felt I needed  to work hard. I stopped practicing at home. I laughed when I performed poorly on  our new material. My only goal had been becoming the best by previous semester’s  end, and I quickly found myself demoted to fourth chair. By the end of the year,  I had completely decommitted. I quit playing altogether, and I haven’t picked up  my saxophone since. Today, I’d be lucky if I could play you a simple chord.

  不过后来我就开始倒退了。在接下来的一个学期,我变得超级自信,如此之快的进步让我觉得自己不需要那么努力了。我回家之后不再练习,当我搞砸了新曲子时我只会一笑了之。我的目标只是在去年成为最好的萨克斯管演奏者,然后我发现自己的座位迅速的从第一排降到了第四排。在年底,我已经完全放弃目标,我开始放弃演奏,而且从那以后再也没有捡起来过。如果今天我还能给你演奏一段简单的和弦,我自己都会觉得很惊讶。

  Looking back, I can see that my mistake was that I didn’t set a new goal  once the original goal had been achieved. I didn’t continue to raise the bar and  take the next step along my musical journey. I mistook my temporary success for  the end rather the beginning of a new challenge. In short, I no longer knew why  I was playing.

  现在看来,我可以总结出我当时犯的错误,就是在目标达到的时候没有给自己设定一个新的目标。我没有在音乐的学习路上持续前进,进行下一步。我把短期的成功错当为结束而没有进行新的开始。简而言之,我不知道为什么要演奏了。

  Knowing why you do what you do will keep you committed to your activities,  whether it’s to gain a milestone achievement, to earn leadership experience, to  learn a new skill or to pursue a cause. You’ll never struggle to put forth your  best effort when you know the answer to why, thereby enriching your overall  experience and maximising the return on your time investment.

  知道为什么做事会让你对自己正在进行的活动更有承担。无论你正取得了一个里程碑式的成就,还是一次领导经历,或者为了什么原因而学习了一个新的技术。如果你知道做事的原因,你就会毫无阻碍的投入十分的努力,而这些努力会让你的经历更丰富也让你的时间利用更有效率。

  Furthermore, when it comes time to complete your Common Application to  American universities, you’ll discover that the once daunting essay questions  suddenly seem easier. You’ll notice that your responses to university interview  questions have suddenly become deeper and more insightful. Your world will open  up.

  当然,当你进行美国大学网申的时候,你就会发现那些以前看起来特别让人望而生畏的Essay  问题现在看起来特别简单。在大学面试中,你会发现你的答案会突然间变得深刻而有洞察力。你进入到了一个新世界。

  Why do you do what you do? How has knowing why you do what you do helped  you succeed or stay focused? How has a lack of focus and commitment caused you  to fail or experience a setback? When have you been forced to refocus in order  to stay committed to an activity?

  你为什么做你现在在做的事情呢?知道做事的原因是怎么帮助你成功或者变得专注的?哪些不专注和不承担和让你经历了失败或者经历更多挫折呢?你什么时候决定开始专注或者重新开始专注去完成一个活动呢?

  Share your stories and insight in the comments section below to help others  in the community learn from your experience.

  在下面评论一下,和大家分享你的故事和想法来帮助其他人吧。

  本文由天道美籍顾问Christopher Koontz原创,转载请注明作者和出处,违者必究。

 

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