每天学写留学文书 1月20日

trajectory

释义:本意是形容行星或火箭等飞行物的“轨迹”,在留学文书里也常常用来指代自己的人生。

例句:
Today, Noah Kagan is known as the founder of AppSumo. But his trajectory has been far from perfect.
She slung it back at him on a flat trajectory aimed at his face.

每天学写留学文书 1月19日

device vs. devise

辨析:后者其实是前者的动词形式,但在现代英语的语境下,两者的差异已经变得非常大。名词是指具有复杂构造的“装置”,而动词是指在头脑中“构想”方案或策略。

例句:
It makes the popular Xbox 360, but that device sustained years of losses and manufacturing problems before it became a success.
I stirred my vodka cranberry, alone in his kitchen, trying to devise a way to get him to think about me later.

埃默里大学录取主文选之一

回答Common主文第七题

图书馆印象,环境描写,以finality这一概念为主线

Nothing has fascinated me more than the concept of libraries. They provide the illusion of finality, a lovely feeling when you’re writing a research paper worth half of your class grade. I walked down the narrow hallway, surrounded by stacks of old anthologies and monographs, boots clacking loudly in the small room. The aroma of old paper spilled in from nonexistent vents, overwhelming but strangely comforting. I let my own mind wander as I pulled books from shelves; quiet noise echoing as the hardcovers fell open. I was alone, but I could feel the authors’ voices surrounding me, feeling their desperation in the search for knowledge, just like me. The interesting aspect of libraries is that we all, in a sense, have our own inside us. We collect memories, and we use them to build the future. What if we saw memory as final? Would we ever push towards the future, then? Does our concept of knowledge have to be continuous?

忆童年,著名的开尔文勋爵与爱因斯坦的公案,发展finality,人类存在的意义

We are all defined by knowledge. The first time I went to the Adler Planetarium as a kid in Chicago, I knew the vastness of our universe would drive me to spend my life searching for answers. The fickle part of knowledge, though, is that we can never truly define its end. Lord Kelvin famously declared that all of physics had been discovered merely years before Einstein’s work in relativity. If we learn anything from Kelvin, it’s that knowledge is never simply a point on a plane. Rather, it’s the limit of infinity, something beautifully undefined. We search and search forever, but this is, in itself, a noble pursuit. The very satisfaction in knowledge is its inability to truly quantified; as we push towards the boundless future, we find joy in human existence.

解谜书与我,继续论证知识与存在(其实是笛卡尔的我思故我在,没有明写)

The amazing part of knowledge is its infinitesimal beauty. Personally, I find knowledge in my old cryptography book. It was an impulse buy, but it ended up showing me that problem solving is always incremental, not definitive. There’s nothing like cracking open a cypher that was previously thought too difficult; nothing like watching all the figures fall into place from one right move, a calculated shot in the dark. Knowledge is our foundation for existence – how could we survive without a sense of awareness, of clarity, in a world so large and incomprehensible? Knowledge is fluid, malleable; knowledge is awareness. We learn and grow, we gain knowledge. We explore the region, the continent, the world, the universe – with knowledge, we build our identity. Knowledge builds our existence.

存在主义,finality过渡到curiosity的高潮

I believe that life is beautiful. For a self-proclaimed existentialist, the irony is certainly not lost on me. Even so, to deny the wonder in the unrestricted wild of the mountains, the deafeningly silent museum exhibits, or the hidden library bookshelves would be simply absurd. So, what defines life? When you walk down empty hallways and feel vastly alone, when you grasp onto your seat as the airplane takes off, feeling out of breath and control, when you hear a song that feels made for your ears – the rush of adrenaline that binds us all – this is existence. What defines existence? The journey that characterizes human life; whether you find meaning in the soul or in the sky, it’s the search that defines us. It’s knowledge. I want to redefine how we conceptualize knowledge. So often we try to reduce error like a repeated experimental trial. We work towards the noble goal of finality, but we tie our own hands. We spend our lives finding meaning in existence, but cut ourselves short by losing the connection to knowledge that makes us so fundamentally human. The beauty in knowledge is the introspective nature of our own existence. Just like my journey through the library hallway, we learn that finality doesn’t make a great research paper – the spirit and drive of inquisition does.

AADPS陈欣老师点评:一般而言,我不推荐中国申请者写以议论为主的文书,尤其是作为Common主文,但凡事均有例外。如果你在国际课程体系、夏校或者自身兴趣探索的过程中对哲学有一定的了解,能发挥到这篇文书这种地步毫无疑问是能给你的申请增光添彩的。

有两点需要大家注意。一个是文书作者的哲学功底很充沛,但是并没有掉书袋——用名人名字或者名言来装点门面。这种厚积而薄发是非常讨喜的。二个是虽然这本质上是一篇议论文,但是作者仍然使用大块的篇幅整合进了个人生活的种种细节。这样文书会更个性化,在显得真诚的同时也能给招生官留下深刻印象。

招生官点评:诚实的讲,面对约三万名申请者,很难为你的文书找到一个独一无二的主题。因此,努力找到自己的声音并聚焦于此或许是一个更可行的思路。采用自拟题目并非是一个常见的选择,但这篇文书通过富有表现力的语言以及有意思的用词而脱颖而出。这位申请者看上去没有花太多心思去找“正确”的文书主题,也没有用文书的形式再将课外活动复述罗列一遍。事实上,文书作者没有直接告诉读者任何事情,而是在字里行间展示给他们看。

作者少年老成,展现出了真正的求知欲、好奇的天性以及希望通过各种形式追寻知识的强烈愿望。

当我们在审阅申请时,很大一部分工作是在想象中将申请者置于我们校园中,考察他们将如何为一个思想家、学生和学者的社区作出贡献。你不难假定文书的作者会徜徉在埃默里图书馆的书海中,并与教授和同学深入互动,在求知的道路上渐行渐远。

重要通知

本文由AADPS编译自https://blog.emoryadmission.com/2018/08/strong-personal-statements-part-1/,原始发布地址是https://aadps.net/2019/14434.html

因屡次出现我们学员家长将盗用我方的推文发到我们自己的服务群里,严重影响了AADPS的正常经营秩序。AADPS决定禁止对我们专业资讯的一切形式转载或再利用(包括但不限于同行或留学生家长在任何媒体平台的公众号、资讯号、私人号中非法利用我方内容)。一经发现,我方将可能采用一切合法手段维权,恕不另行通知,创业不易,望谅解。

寻找你梦中的宿舍

你好,伊大新生!既然你已经接受了伊利诺伊香槟的录取通知书(好棒棒!!!),我相信你正在一项项过你的入学学生清单——包括宿舍。在这篇博客文章里,我希望能回答你对校园内各种住宿选项的一些相关问题。

所有新生都必须住在学生宿舍。有这么多的选择(确切的数目是37),我相信你会找到一个完美的地方,将其作为未来四年的新家。

伊大新生可以选择任何大学官方宿舍(University Housing)或大学认证的私有公寓(Private Certified Housing)。 前者由伊利诺伊大学所有,而后者由第三方公司所有并经营管理,但经伊利诺伊大学认证。一种选择不一定比另一种更好,这更多与你个人偏好相关。

大学官方宿舍

伊大提供24个宿舍选择,包括11个生活学习社区(Living Learning Communities)。这么多的选项可能会让你感到有点不知所措......

……不过别担心! 我们设计了一个很好的在线对比工具,可以说明每个宿舍的主要特点,以帮助你根据自身偏好缩小搜索范围。

如前所述,你可以选择生活学习社区。这些社区位于校园内的各个宿舍楼内,为学生提供围绕共同主题的课堂课程和特殊项目。

在做出决定之前,我还鼓励你实际访问一次校园,亲眼了解相关选择。大学宿舍在周一至周五(节假日或大学假期除外)提供看房服务,时间为下午2点至4点。如果你无法前往校园,你也可以在线进行虚拟体验

在总览所有选项后,你可能会觉得官方宿舍更适合你。这种情况下,你可以在接受offer后24小时后开始申请。

注册的优先截止日期是5月15日。如果你在此日期之前提交住宿合同,你可以参与抽签过程并按照分配给你的随机时间段在当时还可用的宿舍中挑选。于此同时,你还可以定好你的食堂套餐并申明你的室友偏好。你可以和你已经认识的人住一起或者选择与室友随机匹配(他或她很可能成为你最好的朋友!)。

要了解住宿合同和申请流程的更多信息,我建议你浏览伊大宿舍官网。网站上有许多有用的资源,包括常见问题视频攻略

认证私有公寓

你也许会想了解这个选择。认证私有公寓有大至可容纳710名学生的公寓大楼和小至温馨的四人小平房。每个公寓都提供独特的设施和服务,从游泳池到室内厨房,再到每周清洁服务。

同官方宿舍一样,私有认证公寓也有自己的比较工具,逐项分解每一公寓提供的设施和便利,以方便你找到称心之选。在做出决定之前,我同样建议你参观你感兴趣的公寓,看房时间因地而异。

但是,私有认证公寓的申请与官方宿舍有很大不同。官方宿舍有统一的申请。而认证私有公寓则各有各的申请和流程。原则上越早申请私有公寓越好,因为它是先到先得的,有些抢手的公寓很快会招满学生。


希望这篇文章能够帮助到你。鉴于我校如此多的住宿选择,我毫不怀疑你会找到完美的宿舍!

重要通知

本文由AADPS编译自http://blog.admissions.illinois.edu/?p=28869,原始发布地址是https://aadps.net/2019/14430.html

因屡次出现我们学员家长将盗用我方的推文发到我们自己的服务群里,严重影响了AADPS的正常经营秩序。AADPS决定禁止对我们专业资讯的一切形式转载或再利用(包括但不限于同行或留学生家长在任何媒体平台的公众号、资讯号、私人号中非法利用我方内容)。一经发现,我方将可能采用一切合法手段维权,恕不另行通知,创业不易,望谅解。

每天学写留学文书 1月17日

brick and mortar

释义:这一习惯用语的本意是砌墙用的“砖块和灰浆”,引申用来形容事物的“基本构造单元”,或用来形容与互联网产业相对的“线下传统”产业。

例句:
What seems to really bother opponents of the program is the fact that it uses prayer and the Bible as the brick and mortar of character education.
Traditionally, brick and mortar retailers have had a hard time trying to do this Web thing.