小女13岁,明年5月初中毕业,最近竞选年级 student of the Year,昨晚餐后写了一篇essary,我刚从她的电脑

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    Ray Bradbury once wrote, “There must be something in books, things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.” Though the book this quote is found in, Fahrenheit 451, is a work of fiction, we, as students, are still discovering the power of education today, half a century later. Time and time again, history has asked this question about knowledge. Why did Qin Shi Huangdi, a ruthless emperor who was unafraid of anything, destroy hundreds of books and scholars in China? How was Hitler able to convince millions of Germans to join his cause with mere words? Why is knowledge so crucial in the pursuit to change the world?

            I have been reading since I was 4 years-old, graduating from comic books to The Magic Tree House to Percy Jackson and other young adult novels. To me, turning the first page of a book is like falling down a rabbit hole; I am immersed in a world of fantasy and mystery that escapes from the black ink. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a book must be worth a thousand pictures, because my imagination has never been stronger than when I am reading.

I visit the library every other week, coming home with an armful of books that rest beside my bookshelf of purchased ones. Knowledge is power, and you can find this tenet everywhere: in history, in politics, even in today’s world. Think, for a second, of all the problems we can solve if we would just reach for the pen before we grab the gun. If we can alleviate the violence that runs rampant in today’s society, we can prevent wars that start over trivial disagreements, saving millions of lives in the process. We can also use the power of writing in positive ways; as students, we can write letters to authoritative figures to request a change, and a piece of writing can even change our own lives. As a historical example, when he was only 17, Alexander Hamilton wrote a maudlin account of the hurricane that wrecked his island home, and when it was read by town leaders who recognized his writing prowess, they funded his education and sent him to the United States. Hamilton went on to become a renowned Founding Father whose legacy spans centuries. He is my role model because his dedication and effort encourages me to persevere so that I, too, can change the world.

            However, my dream to improve society would be impossible without education, and for that I am forever thankful to Haynes Academy of Advanced Studies. It offers a myriad of clubs, sports, and academics that appeal to people of all interests. One of my favorite aspects of Haynes is its emphasis on art, music, and theatre. Having been in all three at one point, I can appreciate the fact that Haynes treats the arts as just as essential as academics, allowing half a school year for a Talent class of choice. As for me, I love art, and I believe that both our art program and teacher are resourceful, beneficial, and fun. After reading, my second favorite hobby is drawing since I enjoy creating something beautiful out of simple pencil and paper. Art comes in many forms, such as sketching, architecture, piano, and theatre, and each gives us a unique perspective that holds its own kind of power. Without it, the world would lose its color and vibrancy that are trademarks of human nature. Using art, we can empower the future, because art does not just give us information; it appeals to how we feel, which can bring people together to solve problems. There is a reason why names such as Mozart, Mona Lisa, and the opera Carmen are just as or more famous as Albert Einstein and his theory of relativity. A piece of music can pull at the heart or bring solace to a tired doctor coming home from work. A powerful photograph can bring millions to support a single cause. Art and humanities are just as important as math and science because the former provides the foundation that the latter develops on, and one cannot exist without the other.

            I am given many opportunities in life to improve myself and expand my interests, but there are many teenagers in the world who must drop out of school to support their families. My parents were both born in a time when China was extremely poor, and they could afford to eat eggs and meat only on holidays and received new clothes once a year. Nevertheless, they did not give up under hardship and both went to college, with my dad getting a doctor’s degree and my mom getting a master’s degree; they took jobs in America as a scientist and an engineer. I am ineffably grateful to be born in a country where I always know where my next meal is coming from, and I can buy books whenever I want. Therefore, I want to make the best out of my education and make my family proud by working hard better society through the power of words and art. I am still undecided on which career path to follow in the future, but I have a broad range of interests: from law to design to literature. I would like to go to Stanford University, and I am working hard to enter by getting good grades and participating in extracurriculars. By going to Stanford, I can contribute world-changing innovations that are vital to our world, our health and our country. Maybe I can combat world hunger by starting an organization to collect donations for third-world countries. Maybe I can find a cure to cancer by conducting extensive medical research. The future is still unclear, but only one point is definite: as long as I give it my all and persevere through hardship, I will be able to make a difference in society.

            So, what is the secret in books that someone would die for? The truth is, it is not about the novels but the knowledge found within the pages. It is about the words that can change society, the art that can touch a person’s heart, and the information that can save millions of lives. It is about the power of education that we are lucky enough to receive, when children around the world wither away in poverty. Most importantly, it is about what we will do with our education: how we will use it to improve society and better the lives of those beneath us. Though I will face defeat and will want to give up at times, if we join together, work hard, and reach for the stars, I believe that I can change the world.

 

 



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不是BSO, 望各位老师给予真心的点评,好让她修改后,星期一交给学校。这两天她还得copy这三年来各奖类及成绩表........ -Katrina2005- 给 Katrina2005 发送悄悄话 Katrina2005 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 12/09/2017 postreply 06:20:52

你这么做事先 -绿野渔樵- 给 绿野渔樵 发送悄悄话 绿野渔樵 的博客首页 绿野渔樵 的个人群组 (113 bytes) () 12/09/2017 postreply 06:24:20

孩子写篇文章贴在论坛有嘛关系?我家要是有拿得出手的文章,我早贴了。嘿嘿 -Tepper- 给 Tepper 发送悄悄话 Tepper 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 12/09/2017 postreply 06:53:00

你是 -绿野渔樵- 给 绿野渔樵 发送悄悄话 绿野渔樵 的博客首页 绿野渔樵 的个人群组 (77 bytes) () 12/09/2017 postreply 07:43:12

不13岁初中毕业么?又不是申请大学 -Tepper- 给 Tepper 发送悄悄话 Tepper 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 12/09/2017 postreply 07:50:08

好能写,祝她能够如愿,不用纠结,已经可以了,安心上交 -dummvogel- 给 dummvogel 发送悄悄话 dummvogel 的个人群组 (149 bytes) () 12/09/2017 postreply 06:21:09

写的太好了, 有广度和深度, 这是报纸专栏作家的水平! -gegenion- 给 gegenion 发送悄悄话 gegenion 的个人群组 (31 bytes) () 12/09/2017 postreply 06:22:38

我說真話:作文這些話誰也忽悠不了,否則美國不會花7000yi軍費。 -travelworld- 给 travelworld 发送悄悄话 travelworld 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 12/09/2017 postreply 06:32:01

你这冷水泼的, 这毕竟是13岁的小姑娘。等到她进大学前, 在教她社会的残酷和应对之策也不晚。 -gegenion- 给 gegenion 发送悄悄话 gegenion 的个人群组 (80 bytes) () 12/09/2017 postreply 06:39:16

说句实话,没必要为对比,把父母小时候说得那么惨吧。 -窈窈- 给 窈窈 发送悄悄话 窈窈 的博客首页 窈窈 的个人群组 (59 bytes) () 12/09/2017 postreply 06:37:16

为啥没有? -绿野渔樵- 给 绿野渔樵 发送悄悄话 绿野渔樵 的博客首页 绿野渔樵 的个人群组 (47 bytes) () 12/09/2017 postreply 06:39:56

无主席的童年那时候不也是像这个小姑娘写的那样? -gegenion- 给 gegenion 发送悄悄话 gegenion 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 12/09/2017 postreply 06:42:11

侬是上海宁啊,我小镇上的也天天馄炖鸡蛋的吃,但要看啥地区的么,如果中西部80年代对比依然很穷。和毛时代比可能好点 -Tepper- 给 Tepper 发送悄悄话 Tepper 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 12/09/2017 postreply 06:50:15

即使没有那个部分,文风也太中国式八股了。如果是孩子碰巧写作正好是这个阶段,那么 -古代的事物- 给 古代的事物 发送悄悄话 古代的事物 的个人群组 (200 bytes) () 12/09/2017 postreply 07:50:44

不扣帽子的话,主要缺点是说教和罗列的多,tell得多,show的少,故事不接地气不打动人。 -古代的事物- 给 古代的事物 发送悄悄话 古代的事物 的个人群组 (132 bytes) () 12/09/2017 postreply 07:58:32

贴个痞子娃的吧 -孵蛋妈- 给 孵蛋妈 发送悄悄话 孵蛋妈 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 12/09/2017 postreply 07:59:42

嘻嘻,痞子娃是另外一个极端,就惦记have fun了。上次作文得了个C -古代的事物- 给 古代的事物 发送悄悄话 古代的事物 的个人群组 (158 bytes) () 12/09/2017 postreply 08:07:42

首先感谢各位的点评!因发贴后即要送二女儿去参加ACT考试,未能及时回复,见谅! -Katrina2005- 给 Katrina2005 发送悄悄话 Katrina2005 的个人群组 (1253 bytes) () 12/09/2017 postreply 10:20:44

很赞 -greenoffice- 给 greenoffice 发送悄悄话 greenoffice 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 12/09/2017 postreply 06:46:24

啊我好黑暗啊,这不像孩子写的呢,感觉像思路受了一个大陆妈妈的束缚,完全不像这里长大的孩子。 -古代的事物- 给 古代的事物 发送悄悄话 古代的事物 的个人群组 (59 bytes) () 12/09/2017 postreply 07:41:51

same feeling here. Sorry. -Smart- 给 Smart 发送悄悄话 Smart 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 12/09/2017 postreply 07:46:52

应该着专业proofreading .中文论坛上英文特好的凤毛麟角吧 -julie116- 给 julie116 发送悄悄话 julie116 的博客首页 julie116 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 12/09/2017 postreply 08:09:35

Encourage her to write about her personal experience and activit -yude- 给 yude 发送悄悄话 yude 的博客首页 yude 的个人群组 (330 bytes) () 12/09/2017 postreply 09:21:35

写得很好,赞。 -几句闲话- 给 几句闲话 发送悄悄话 几句闲话 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 12/09/2017 postreply 12:43:18

这是13岁孩子写的吗? -美丽人生-西雅图- 给 美丽人生-西雅图 发送悄悄话 美丽人生-西雅图 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 12/09/2017 postreply 16:31:59

-GrapeSeeds- 给 GrapeSeeds 发送悄悄话 GrapeSeeds 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 12/09/2017 postreply 17:16:57

这写得太虚假了吧?全是大话空话 -美丽人生-西雅图- 给 美丽人生-西雅图 发送悄悄话 美丽人生-西雅图 的个人群组 (0 bytes) () 12/09/2017 postreply 21:10:43

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