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暑期特辑 | 人生值得欣慰之处便是每一天都有结束的时候,今天也不例外
发布时间:2019-08-29 04:41:15       文章来源:成都石室中学剑桥国际高中课程中心

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中英图文by Xie Xinrui

剑桥高中2021届
  The solace of life is that each day has an end. This one will, too.
  “人生值得欣慰之处便是,每一天都有结束的时候。今天也不例外。”
  Having just experienced the life of a Cambridge student and returning to reality, I woke up this morning with the feeling that I was still there. Perhaps it’s because I had an extraordinary feeling, or I gained unexpected things, anyway, at least it made it clear to me that I had lived my life in this place.

  刚刚体验完一个剑桥学子的生活并且回归了现实,今天早上起床的时候却有仍旧在那里的不真实感。兴许是感受过于深刻,或是缘于得到了意料之外的收获,无论如何,至少它们都清清楚楚地告诉我,我在这个地方认真活过。

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  After nearly two days' travel, we arrived at Cambridge after seven hours' time difference. The following was settling down at Clare college, and then a few days of intense academic studies. In the application, I chose international relations and sociology, which are related to my future major (Religious Studies). The former itself is more basic, as the latter one is similar to the style of university courses.
  经过将近两天的辗转,跨越7小时的时差来到剑桥。在克莱尔学院安顿完毕后,纷至沓来的是几天紧凑的学术课程安排。在填报时我选择了偏向我未来专业(宗教学)的国际关系和社会学两项,前者内容本身较为基础,后者则更类似于大学课程的风格。
  Formal Communication and University Counselling were provided as well. Fortunately, all the courses were taught by teachers in Cambridge, in other words, we have the opportunity to get the most authentic first-hand information and even one-on-one communication after class.

  除此之外还有必修的语言和升学课程。好在全部课程都由剑桥的老师授课,这意味着我们能够有机会得到最真实的一手资料,甚至是课下一对一的交流机会。

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  But that doesn't mean it's easy -- limited class time made for intense content, with notes sometimes taking up more than one A4 sheet of paper. Assignments often required a paper outline derived from some deep-thinking topic, or something that emphasized personal mind. Under the tight schedule and daily life, I was often been seen in the garden rushing to finish my homework.

  但这并不代表课业是轻松的——课时有限使得内容变得强度较大,有时一节课下来的笔记可以占满好几张A4纸。作业也往往要求从一些有深度的思考话题中衍生出来一份论文大纲,或是一些强调个人思维的一些内容。在紧密的日程安排和生活起居下,花园里常常有我紧赶慢赶完成作业的身影。

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  Since I applied for the ACC course this time, I was not able to participate in the mock interview, but I also had to draft my personal statement for applying for the university together with OCC students. However, I used to write about Religious Studies in a haphazard way. Sure enough, I was challenged at the beginning of my personal statement.

  由于我这次申报的是ACC课程,没能参与模拟面试,但也要和OCC课程的学生一同起草自己用于申请大学的个人陈述。可是我以往写宗教学相关文章时都非常随心所欲,不成体系。果不其然,在撰写个人陈述之初我就遇到了挑战。

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  As a perfectionist, I wanted to imitate the high level opening of Oxbridge students, though the theory that I wanted to mention was not clear even in Chinese. While other students were writing most of the pages and even preparing to turn the pages, I was still stuck in the first line, trying to find a breakthrough. No matter in terms of vocabulary, core theory or logical cohesion, this major is too difficult for me now.
  作为一个完美主义者,想要效仿牛剑学生的高端开篇,然而我想提及的理论就算用中文都阐释不清。在其他同学奋笔疾书写了大半页甚至准备翻页的时候,我却仍然停留在第一行,试图找寻一个突破口。无论是从词汇,核心理论还是逻辑衔接而言,这个专业对于现在的我来说未免难度过大了。
  Thanks to my advisor, who kept an eye on students' progress from beginning to end and gave me a constructive suggestion: take it easy, keep it simple, and something is better than nothing. He was also my teacher of Sociology, therefore to some extent, he answered my questions about my major and guided me to clarify the context. Soon, my rest exposition followed the brief, clear opening.

  幸运的是,指导老师从始至终都在关注着学生的进度并且及时给我提出了建设性建议:放轻松,放简单,有胜于无。他同时也是我社会学课程的老师,因而也在一定程度上解答了我专业相关的问题,引导我理清楚了脉络。很快,一个简洁明了的开头顺水推舟出了我其余部分的阐述。

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  Hanging out in the town was a major part of our free time. Sample snacks at the market, went to the supermarket for extra meals for roommates, picked up my favorite books at the oldest local bookstore, and captured the view of the town in the evening from above...
  空闲时间或是饭点出去到镇上闲逛是我们自由活动的主要组成部分。在集市品尝小吃,去超市购物给室友加餐,在本地最古老的书店里选自己喜欢的书,傍晚在高处捕捉镇上的风景……
  I never thought I would be so familiar with Cambridge. As time went by, I felt like I have been studying and living there for a long time.

  我从未想过会在剑桥如此轻车熟路,久而久之,恍惚有一种在这里学习生活了很久的感觉。

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  The style of Cambridge is by no means a single and boring study, this summer camp was full of regional activities.
  剑桥的风格绝不会是单一而枯燥的学习,夏令营也不乏具有地域特色的活动。
  For instance, punting on the River Cam to enjoy the scenery along the way; exploring Cambridge with friends and found your destination in the prompts. If I have to mention about the highlight, nothing beat the decryption game. It is said that no one has completely analyzed and given the correct answer. This seemed to arouse the interest of my partner and me.
  在剑河上撑篙,欣赏沿途的风景;
  和朋友一同探索剑桥,从提示文字中寻找目的地......
  解密游戏是最令我难忘的也是我这次夏令营的高光时刻,据说从来没有人完整地做出分析并且给出正确答案。这似乎激起了我和同伴的兴趣。
  From the first afternoon we came into contact, we searched for clues together and used our respective disciplines to collect information. In our spare time, we sat by the river in the strong winds of the maritime climate and tried to connect the clues together. Although we sometimes had disagreement, I had to admit that logic is the most powerful form of persuasion.
  从刚接触到的那个下午合力寻找线索,发挥各自的学科特长以收集信息;到空闲时间顶着海洋性气候的大风一同坐在河边努力推理蛛丝马迹进行串联;也有意见产生分歧的时候,但我不得不承认逻辑是最强有力的说服方式。
  It was a shame that we didn't meet the deadline to write all our reasoning, but when I learned at dinner that we were the only group that came up with the right answer, I thought the nights I stayed up late were worth than anything.

  令人遗憾的是我们没能赶在最后期限前写完我们所有的推理过程,但在晚宴得知我们是唯一推出正确答案的小组时,我觉得那几天熬的夜比什么都值得。

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解密活动赢得的纪念品
  Sometimes we went out to experience, such as a visit to London at the beginning, followed by a two-day camping trip, which was the best way to improve the relationship with my friends. After washing away the fatigue of the day, chatting together around the campfire, I not only met a number of friends from all over the country, but also got my horizon broader.

  有时也会外出体验,如一开始的参观伦敦,后面为期两天的野营,都是和同学们增进感情的最佳方式。洗去一天的疲劳后一起围在篝火前聊天,认识了来自五湖四海的朋友,同时也开阔了眼界。

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  Seeing them off on the way back was a little poignant, but it was their presence that made me realize that I had been there before, and that I had taken another step on my way to a prestigious university.
  在回程的路上逐渐送走他们的时候也会不禁鼻子一酸,但也正是他们的存在,让我意识到我真真切切体验过,并在前往名校的路途上又迈出了一步。
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