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    From January 27 to February 9,about 14 days studying English.These
day no Chinese,only English.At the begining of we are afraid to face the
challenge.But we must try our best to over it.

去年,要去学校报到的几天前,妈妈发现我在房间里哭,

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因为我是真的很害怕:我怕我根本掌握不了哥伦比亚大学的课程。不用说,大学的课程难度确实正如我想象的那样,很具有挑战性。但是我得承认,也不像我想象的那么可怕。任何事情都是可以做到的,不过要想完成这些事情,睡觉是第一个要牺牲的。以下是我的大学年级生活小片段。

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课程:

  First,I will share my speech with you,i think it is meaningful for
us.I want all of people to totally know me.my topic is “Each experience
is the best gift”.

在大学里,我发现我根本不会学习。高中的时候,我只要在课程之间跳跃就够了,不需要在一门课上花很多时间。我无法想象用好几个小时来解决一组问题,或者花一整天去准备考试。然而在哥伦比亚,不用大量的时间去做作业,才是件奇怪的事。不过,我一点儿也不后悔。这一年里,我被领进了那么多全新的领域。

As we know,everyone will experience a lot of things in their
life.Different things will lead to different results for us.we can
choose our attitude to face them.

哥伦比亚的核心课程覆盖整个大学四年。每门课都要引伸到人文学科的很多方面。比如文学,是贯串第一学年的课程,从古希腊的史诗到现代小说,这门课几乎是人类史的考察。我们的课堂讨论包含了从哲学到心理学等等的综合考评,

Just like me,when i finished my high school.Itook part in the college
Entrance Examination. I had a chance to choose my major study English in
business university.But the tuition is so expensive,and my family is
very poor.The most important thing is that my sister and i both study
well.We must go out of the mountain to go to study in the
university.Finally, i choose to go back my high school and took part in
the college Entrance examination again in the next year.

而不是只局限在这些著作里的故事上。音乐人文学也是有类似的主题。我们讨论音乐如何对现实和历史进展的影响,而不是讨论某一段纯音乐。还有其它的科学课程,像化学,微积分,和经济学。这些课程让我认识到,单纯的记忆课堂上讲的那些是不够的。考试主要是要求我们真正理解和能够把这些知识应用到不熟悉的问题上。

In the following year,I was under a lot of stress.I always told myself.I
must try my best to do it. This experience made me more powerful.So when
i studyed math in the HUNAN First Normal University.I really valued the
chance. I know i will be a teacher in the future.Besides learning
professional knowledge well. If i have free time, i will kake some
training and studying.During four years of university life.Each semester
i did part-time job in a famous primary school in changsha.I just want
to learn.And during the summer vacation and winter vacation.I worked in
the training school to teach students.I caught each time to learn and
got more social experience.I want to be different from other
students.that’s why so many teacher said i had a wonderful
experience,although i graduated last year.

教授们:

During the internship,i was a Chinese teacher in a primary school.When i
first met these young children,they are only 5 to 6 years old,and there
are 67 children in my class.I don’t know what should i do? In our
class,there are no teaching equipment.Only a blackboard,so i have to
draw some pictures and watch some teaching videos.When i prepared my
lesson.Due to i was l learning while i was teaching.At the end of
semester,my Chinese teaching level and skills have been greatly
improved.And i honored as a excellent intern. Thanks for these lovely
angels and the challenges,they made me more confident.

以前,我总是觉得大学教授们一定很可怕,因为他们都是最聪明的人。然而,我的教授们确实很聪明,但是绝对不可怕。我发现我的教授们都是非常的平易近人。也许有时候,要经过几次课以后,你才会理解他们的思路,但是最终他们都是很容易接近的。研讨会这类的课,像写作和音乐人文课,是由研究生们讲的。一些大型的授课则是由教授来教,有的是国内最好的专家教授。当我选课的时候,我一定注意这门课是一个好的教授来教的。因为我觉得这是让我把一门课学得更好的重要因素之一。

When i graduated last year, there were about 30 new college teachers
from the hunan first Normal university.Only i was assigned to the middle
school. God also played a joke with me.It is lucky for me to became a
head teacher and taught English.But at the beginning of i was so upset,
why do i need to teach English since my major is math.That means i must
teach while i am learning.l knew i can’t change the result.So i decided
to catch every chance to study.Except watching the English teaching
videos and asking some English teacher. On the weekends, i went to
English training school to teach students.Because there are a lot of
English teacher,we can talk to each other about how to help students.I
think each experience gives me a big help,i valued the chance to study.
I always told my students, when i encounter difficulties,you can only
find your own way out.Yesterday,i got good news,although i taught
ordinary classes,they caught up with there key classes.So i think if you
always keep a heart to study.Nothing can stop you.

秋季的JAVA的初级课和春季的信息科学是同一位教授讲授的。我听别人说他讲课讲得很棒,我上了他的课发现,果然名不虚传。他对自己的这一领域太熟悉了。当他发现有学生不太理解的时候,他可以用很多,很多种方法来讲解。他还常常在讲课中穿插一些小笑话,来提高我们的注意力。他是我最喜欢的教授,当然别的教授也都像他一样棒。

In my opinion,each experience can make us more different than before.
Because we want to became better and better.Studying in TIP these days
make a lot of difference to me.I became more and more confident,i
received love and teaching skills.I think this experience is the best
gift for me.I love TIP family, i love everyone.thank you!

时间安排:

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第一年的两个学期,我都修了五门课。我的感觉是,秋季的那个学期比春季更难。整个秋季和春季的前一部分,我每天的游泳和体能训练都是3到4个小时。再加上周一到周四,每天都上2到3门课,我必须好好安排我的时间。幸运的是,我在高中的时候就已经学会了合理安排时间,因为那时候的训练强度比大学还要高。

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哥伦比亚大学的一点好处是,星期五基本没课或者只有一门课。那就是说,星期四上完这周最后一节课,然后你就想干吗就干吗。尽管我一再告诉自己:一定要在星期四,星期五把所有的功课做完,那样周末我就可以放松一下了。可惜,从来没有发生过。一周下来,我总是太累了,根本就不想做任何事。所以总是要到星期天还要做大量的作业。当我有时间放松一下的时候,我总是和朋友一起到市中心去试试新的餐馆,或者和朋友一起看电视,看电影。有一件事我很喜欢的,就是当天气暖和的时候,我和朋友一起去Pinkberry吃冰冻酸奶。

Second,thesedays.we have learned a lot of useful teaching skills and
methods. We have come into contact with a group of positive energy
teammates, a group of lovely foreign teachers.In the morning, we can
learn an article full of positive energy, learning different famous
characters.From these stories, we learn to be grateful and cherish, to
struggle and to persevere. 14 days. Every day can harvest a different
surprise. Here full, meaningful good every day。

自由时间:

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你自由啦!在大学你被赋予自由去尝试新鲜事物。我们学校有上百个学生俱乐部。每个新学年开始的时候,在下广场的外面,会有一个活动集市。很多俱乐部都会在那里摆上一个桌子,告诉你他们俱乐部的性质。要是想报名的话,你可以加入他们的电邮名单。然后他们会告诉你活动时间。

love children

你还有自由选择自己安排时间,因为大多数时候,一天只有三门课,其余的时间你得自己安排。你可以用来做作业和准备考试。在纽约上大学是一件伟大的事,你可以用这些时间去纽约市里探索一下。有一次,刚好在上课和训练之间有一点时间,我急忙跑到大都会博物馆去。面对那些古希腊和古罗马雕塑,我构思着我的文学课的论文。

Kathy every lesson is filled with joy.She is very interested and
humour.In class,she always taught us to play games and some teaching
skills.we can use different ways to remember each day new words.such
like,play games,made storiesand so on.During the class,we not only
studyed good teaching skills,but also got a lot of interesting.Studying
means that teacher put their heart to teach and students happiness to
study.

多彩的校园:

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在哥伦比亚,我最喜欢的事就是我的同学和老师的多元性。我的同学来自世界各地,他们的故事把我领进了一个个不同的世界。在音乐哼唱的课堂里,我的一位同学来上学以前,竟然是一位专业舞蹈家。游泳队男队的一个队员,以前代表奥地利参加过奥林匹克。他总是能想出办法来激励我们,让我们训练更加努力。文学人文课有一个男孩,是多米尼加和黑人的混血儿,他在日本学习了一年,懂得很多关于日本的文化,他还引导我尝试真正的日本食物。

humour Kathy

我们的新生宿舍是无酒精楼。就是说,不许把酒带进楼里。过了第一年,就看宿舍管理员了。只要不骚扰别人,一般没有人管。新生入学的时候,都要通过酒精教育的考试。这个网上的课程主要是教育学生注意饮酒安全。是教育学生安全使用酒精,而不是生硬地告诉你,酒精会致死。我觉得大概有30-40%的学生会喝酒。

During the fifth days totally study English,we are not only listen to
lessons,most of the time,we need to talking, talking and
talking.thinking, thinking and thinking.we need to took a class only
English,we need to added many games to attract students hobbies.everyone
needs to prepare a totally English lesson,then share it each other.i
love it,we can learn different teaching skills,we also can feel
different English class.

高年级的同学和老师们反复说的一句话,就是:“在哥伦比亚,这里有数不清的机会。”我自己也发现这话太对了。年初的时候,我们有抽奖活动,奖品包括百老汇的歌剧,餐馆,还有音乐会等等。我抽到了一张歌剧“Wicked”的票,而这种奇妙的经历让我对这个学校更加兴奋。

Except studying English,there were different games from a group.we had a
party on the weekends,in order to study well.in the daily, we need to
speak English together,and caught somebody must to get study. i hope i
can caught more chance to study,i must value the chance.when i back to
school,i must used the ways to teach students.TIP we are big familyca88,!

四月的时候,联合国秘书长潘基文到学校做了关于学生的重要性和他们对未来的影响。四月底,我和二十个同学一起听了JamesSchamus的一个演讲。JamesSchamus
是一个大的电影公司FocusFeatures的执行长官。(JamesSchamus
是电影《藏龙卧虎》,《断背山》的影片编剧,也是哥伦比亚大学的教授)。他的讲话涉及了从恐怖主义到电影等一系列的话题,是我所听到的最发人深省的一个演讲。

春天还有一个大的事件叫Bacchanal,这是一个整整一天的音乐会,就在下广场(LowPlaza)。
好几个大乐队和一些当地的小乐队前来助兴,全校的学生都来到这里一起享受音乐。这也是从繁忙的学习中抽出时间,和朋友们一起放松一下很好的机会。

我们学校还有好多传统节目,我还没有机会一一体验。不过还好,我还有三年时间好利用呢。

原文:

My first year of college

Shortlybefore I arrived at school, my mom found me crying in my
roombecause I was truly terrified that I wouldn’t be able to handle
thecurriculum at Columbia. Needless to say, I expected it to
bechallenging, and the academic rigor did indeed meet myexpectations.
However, it was not as horrific as I thought.Everything was doable, but
in order to accomplish it all, sleep wasthe first thing to go. I learned
that I really didn’t know how tostudy. In high school, I could cruise
through most of my classeswith little effort. I never imagined spending
hours on problem setsor full days studying for tests, but at Columbia,
not spendinghours on an assignment was strange. However, I do not regret
any ofit; I’ve been exposed to so many new topics。

Academic:

The Core Curriculum is what ties the undergraduatestogether. Each core
class brings together many different aspects ofhumanity. Literature
Humanities, the full year class for firstyears, is an examination of the
human existence, beginning withGreek epic poems and continuing all the
way to modern novels.Instead of focusing solely on the stories that are
told in theseworks, our class discussions also included examinations
ofphilosophy and psychology。

Music Humanities had a similar theme; instead of focusingpurely on
music, we also discussed how the music was influenced bythe current
events and movements in the world at thetime。

My more scientific classes, like chemistry, calculus andeconomics, made
me realize that the pure memorization of facts thatwere taught in the
lectures was not enough. Instead, the examstested our understanding of
the material we learned and how wecould apply our knowledge to
unfamiliarproblems.。

Professors

I always thought of college professors as veryintimidating because they
are the most intelligent ofpeople。

However, while the high level of intelligence is verytrue, the
intimidation part is certainly not. I found that myprofessors were
always very down to earth people. It may take a fewclasses to understand
how they think, but they always end up beingvery approachable. Seminar
style classes like University Writingand Music Humanities are taught by
graduate students. Biggerlecture-style classes are taught by some of the
best professors inthe country. When I choose my classes, I try to make
sure that Ihave a good professor because I believe that is one of the
mostimportant factors in making the experience of the class better. Ihad
one professor for Introduction to Java in the fall andInformation
Science in the spring. I had heard great things abouthim, and he
definitely lived up to his reputation. He clearly knewthe material very
well because he was able to explain it in manydifferent ways when the
students did not understand. Scatteredthroughout his lectures were
always little jokes to keep usengaged. He is one of my favorite
professors, but the others that Ihave had were just as great。

TimeBalance

I took 5 classes each semester this year, and the fallsemester was much
more challenging than my spring semester. Throughthe fall and beginning
of the spring semesters, I was swimming orlifting 3-4 hours a day. With
2 or 3 classes each day from Mondayto Thursday, I definitely had to take
advantage of my time.Luckily, I learned to balance my schedule in high
school, when mypractice schedule was even more vigorous。

The nice thing about Columbia is that you are most likelyto have only
one or no classes on Fridays. That means that afteryour last class on
Thursday, you are free to do whatever you want.As much as I tell myself
that I should finish my work on Thursdayand Friday in order to relax on
the weekend, that usually doesn’thappen. I end up being too exhausted
from the week to do any morework, so a lot of my homework is done on
Sunday。

When I do have a day to relax, I like to go downtown andtry a new
restaurant. Other times I will just casually spend timewith my friends.
One think I like to do on a warm Thursday orFriday night is to go to
Pinkberry to get frozen yogurt with myfriend. Other times I will watch
TV or a movie withfriends。

Free Time

Freedom! You are given the freedom to try new things.There are hundreds
of clubs that are all student run. In thebeginning of the year, there is
an activities fair outside on LowPlaza, where many of the clubs set up
tables to teach you aboutwhat they do. You can sign up to be added to
their email list, andthen they email you about meeting times. You also
have the freedomto choose what you want to do with your time. Because
you mostlikely only have about 3 classes a day, the rest of the time is
upto you to occupy. You can choose to use it to finish homework orstudy
for an exam. The great thing about going to school in NewYork is that
you can also use that time to make a trip downtown andexplore. There was
one time in between classes and practice that Iquickly went to The Met.
I looked at Greek and Roman sculptures tohelp me write a Literature
Humanities paper。

ColorfulCampus Life

Myfavorite thing about Columbia is the diversity of the student andstaff
body. This is a feature that Columbia prides itself in, andit is truly
impressive. I have classmates from around the world,and the things that
I love the most are all the stories that theyhave to tell. In my Music
Hum class, I met a girl who was aprofessional dancer for several years
before coming to Columbia.One of the members of the men’s swim team swam
at the Olympics forAustria. He always thinks of ways to keep us
motivated and remindsus to keep working hard. One boy in my Literature
Humanities classis part Dominican and part black, and he also spent a
year studyingin Japan. He knows a lot about Japanese culture and
introduced meto some authentic Japanese food。

All of thefirst year dorms are dry, which means that no one is allowed
tobring alcohol in. Afterward, it is up to the RA to regulate
thedrinking. Usually, if it is not disruptive to the other peopleliving
nearby, then it is not an issue. In the beginning of theyear, all
incoming students are required to take and passAlcoholEdu, which is an
online course whose main focus is to teachstudents about safe drinking.
Instead of trying to tell us thatalcohol will kill you, they teach you
how to be safe about it. Ithink there are probably about 30-40% Students
use alcoholregularly。

One thingthat upperclassmen and staff members always tell me is,
“AtColumbia, there are endless opportunities.” This is something thatI
discovered to be undeniably true. In the beginning of the year,there is
a lottery for free tickets to various shows, restaurants,and musicals. I
won free tickets to see the Broadway show Wicked;it was an amazing
experience that made me even more excited aboutthe school. In April,
listened to Ban Ki-Moon, theSecretary-General of the United Nations,
give a speech about theimportance of students and their impact on the
future. At the endof of April, I joined about 20 other students to
listen to JamesSchamus talk about a range of things from terrorism to
film. He isthe CEO of Focus Features, a major motion picture
productioncompany. It was one of the most thought-provoking speeches
that Ihad ever heard. Another huge event in the spring is
calledBacchanal. It is a day long concert that takes place on Low
Plaza.Several big bands and small local perform, as students from all
theschools come together to enjoy the music. It is a very fun day totake
a break from studying to spend time with friends。

There areso many traditions that I didn’t get a chance to go
attendeverything. Good thing I have three more years to take
advantageof!

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