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美国留学两难选择 专业和活动如何挑?

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申请美国留学的同学都会面临两大问题:选专业和如何做课外活动。专业的选择不仅关系到学业,更关系到学生以后的就业。今天天道教育Adam Grimm老师教大家美国留学如何选择专业以及如何选择课外活动。

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Adam Grimm

Adam Grimm

  Adam recently obtained a master&aposs degree from Georgetown University&aposs School of Foreign Service.Adam has a deep understanding of international Education. During his graduate study, he focused his research on China with a specific interest in Chinese education and international education. He presented his research at the University of Pennsylvania and Washington University and was recognized as a Boren Fellow and a Critical Language Scholar by the United States National Security Agency and the US State Department. Previously, Adam was an English Lecturer at Henan University, where he designed the coursework for Advanced Academic English Writing. 乔治城大学国际关系硕士,中文非常地道。热爱中国历史文化,热衷研究汉语言文学。曾任河南郑州大学英文讲师。幽默风趣。通晓中美两国教育系统和细节,辅导学生游刃有余。

    申请美国留学的同学都会面临两大问题:选专业和如何做课外活动。专业的选择不仅关系到学业,更关系到学生以后的就业。今天天道教育Adam Grimm老师教大家美国留学如何选择专业以及如何选择课外活动。想要申请美国留学的同学们快来看看吧!

  问: 您在乔治城大学学习的专业是国际关系,请问您选择这一专业的原因有哪些?中国学生在选专业时容易盲目跟风,您认为中国学生在申请美国大学时应该如何选择适合自己的专业?

  答:A study abroad experience as an undergraduate student to South Korea opened my eyes to a new world and new ways of thought. Returning to my home in Ohio, I immediately changed my undergraduate major from American Politics to International Relations and continued to focus on Asia, with my focus changing more specifically to China. After living in China for a year following my university graduation, I knew that I wanted to obtain more in depth and professional knowledge within this field and to enhance my Chinese language skills, all with the dream of one day working for the US Governmentas a Foreign Service Officer within the Department of State.

  去韩国留学读本科使我开拓眼界,我看到了一个新的世界,学到了新的思想方法。回到我的家乡俄亥俄州,我立刻改变了我的本科专业,从美国政治改为国际关系并且持续专注于亚洲,我的焦点改变更具体到中国。在大学毕业一年后我在中国生活,我知道我想在这一领域得到更多深度的专业知识,提高我的中文水平,成为一个外交官员在国务院工作一天的梦。

  When choosing a major, it is important to keep several things in mind.

  First: What are you passionate about?/What do you really enjoy learning about?

  Second: What can you see yourself doing for the rest of your life?

  Students should select their major by first answering these questions. Choosing a major because you want to make a lot of money, because you think you can easily find a job or because others tell you to is a HUGE mistake. A great salary or an easy job search will not make up for the fact that you are dissatisfied with your life from nine to five Monday to Friday. You’d be much happier doing something you loved everyday! (Besides, when you love your job, you do better at your job, and when you do well at your job, you can move up!)

  在选择专业时,要保持以下重要的两点。第一:什么是你的激情?/你真的喜欢学习吗?第二:你在自己的余生能做什么?

  学生选择专业前主要先回答这些问题。选择一个专业是因为你想要赚很多钱,因为你可以很容易地找到一份工作,或者因为别人告诉你的是一个巨大的错误。一份丰厚的薪资或一个简单的求职将无法弥补你不满意你朝九晚五的生活的事实。每天做你所爱的事你会更开心!(除此之外,当你热爱上你的工作,当你将工作做的更好,那么你将会得到提高!)

  问: 根据您的教学经历,中国学生往往更加看重成绩而忽略了课外活动。据您了解,美国学生比较热衷于哪类课外活动?中国学生应该如何选择课外活动?

  答:In the Chinese education system, everything is determined by academic performance (ie scores and grades). From year-end exams to the Zhongkao or the Gaokao, everything comes down to a test and one’s future is resting on how well one does on these exams. As a result, Chinese teachers and parents instill in students at a very young age the importance of exams. Under these circumstances, scores and class rank become the only means for evaluating a students performance or sometimes even the student’s value. There is no room left for extracurricular activities.

  在中国的教育系统,一切都是由学业成绩决定的。(分数和等级)。从年终考试到“中考”或高考,一切都归结为一个测试,一个人的未来是放在如何对付这些考试上的。因此,中国老师和家长在一个非常年轻的年龄灌输给学生考试的重要性。在这些情况下,分数和班级排名,成为衡量一个学生的表现和价值的唯一手段,而没有空间留给课外活动。

  In contrast, in America, student’s do not feel such pressure when it comes to tests and scores. At the same time, teachers, parents and society encourage students to be active outside of the classroom as well. Beginning in high school, American students have a much higher degree of personal freedom in deciding how to manage their free time--which compared to Chinese students is quite abundant. Many students engage in extracurricular clubs, sports or music groups. Others take part in community service or volunteer organizations, while the more ambitious students might start their own. On top of these activities, many students, becoming at least partially independent, maintain part-time jobs in addition to their other activities. In American society all of these activities are thought to lead to the conditioning of a “well-rounded” individual, a quality that college admissions officers prize.

  相比之下,在美国,当测试和评分的时候学生感觉不到这种压力。同时,教师,家长和社会鼓励学生在课堂以外的活动。从高中开始,美国学生有更高程度的个人自由去决定如何管理自己的时间——这与中国学生相比是相当充足的。许多学生参加课外俱乐部,体育或音乐团体。而更雄心勃勃的学生可能会开始参与社区服务和志愿者组织,。在这些活动中,很多学生已经独立,并维护他们除了其他活动的兼职工作。在美国社会,所有这些活动表现出的多才多艺和品质都会使大学招生官青睐。

  Chinese students preparing to become students in America should consider the benefits of balancing their studies with activities outside of the classroom. Not only will this help them stand out from other international applicants when applying to American schools, but it will also help them integrate more easily into American university life. While it is true that not as many options are available in China, Chinese students should begin by following their interests, perhaps forming clubs or organizations if they do not already exist. Like playing chess, but there is no chess club as your school? Get your friends together and establish the first group! Interested in volunteering to clean up the park near your neighborhood, but you do not know where to start? Round up your classmates, talk to your teachers and approach the local parks’ group. I am sure that everyone in your neighborhood will appreciate your efforts. In a way, it is almost to your advantage that a relative dearth of extracurricular activities exists in China: You are left with lots of room to create and grow your own resources. After all, starting and leading your own, new club is far more impressive than simply being a passive participant in one that already exists.

  准备去美国学习的中国学生应该考虑平衡学习与课外活动的好处。这不仅能帮助他们在申请美国的学校时从其他国际申请者中脱颖而出,也将帮助他们更容易地融入到美国大学生活中。事实是在中国没有很多课外活动的选择,中国学生从一开始就应该按自己的兴趣,创办也许并不存在的俱乐部或组织。喜欢下棋,但你的学校没有象棋俱乐部?和你的朋友在一起建立一个象棋组!对志愿清理附近的公园很感兴趣,但你不知道从哪里开始?聚集你的同学,跟你的老师接近当地公园。我相信在你附近的人都会欣赏你的努力。在某种程度上,这在相对缺乏课外活动的中国就是你的优势:你留下很多空间去创建和成长你的资源。毕竟,开始和领导一个新的俱乐部给人的印象,远比仅仅是被动的参与到一个已存在的俱乐部中要更深刻。

    通过Adam老师的讲解,你对申请美国留学如何选专业以及如何做课外活动更加了解了吗?相信大家在去美国留学之前,提前规划课外活动,一定能够为申请美国留学加分不少。更多美国留学相关问题敬请关注天道教育官方微信。

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