I am Wenshin Lin. Sophia is my English name. I am eighteen years old, studying in a public girls’ high school. I come from a well-to-do family. My father works in a bank and mother works in a bookstore. I am the only child in the family; however, I am not the so-called spoiled child. My parents make very sure of that by training me to be independent.
Throughout my academic career, I have not only getting god grades but also being very active on sport field and in various societies. I play volleyball and enjoy the team spirit. I have joined the drama club and participated in many speech English contests. I really like to take part in school activities. Through them I make may friends, have lots of fun , and gain many valuable experiences.
I have been the class English tutor for almost three years. I love to discuss and share the experience of learning English with my classmates. We often read China Post and Time Magazine, and then discuss the content, word usage and practice speaking English on the basis of the English materials. At the beginning we found it was quite hard because we could hardly understand what the content was about, but we encouraged each other not to give up. Gradually we found that we had made improvement, which made us extremely excite. Later the group discussion of English books and magazines has become one of the most enjoyable things for us every week. Thanks to all these experiences, I won the first prize for school English speech contest in my second year of high school and many of my English articles had been published on China Post.
My fondness of English has been developed since my childhood. Being the only child, I was lonely, with no one to play with. My mother understood how I felt, so she brought me with her all the time. Hence the bookstore where my mom worked my childhood playground, and books have been my playmates since then. When we were in the bookstore, my mom would show me those fancy books with cute illustrations on it. At first I was drawn by the pictures and then curious about those strange symbols called words. This was my first contact with English. As I was interested in knowing what those symbols meant, my parents taught me a bit. After they felt that I was eager to learn, they found me an English tutor. By starting learning English at really early age, I had an advantage in learning it. And I have to thank my parents for this.
My interest in English brought me to the world of English literature. I have been enchanted by the creative world since then, so I decided to major in English literature. My aim is to explore the world of literature and the world of great writers and thus to open my eyes and cultivate my mind.
I am Xia-dung Fang; my English name is Matthew. I am seventeen years old, studying in a private high school. There are five people in my family. My father is a military officer and my mother is a housewife. Both of my younger brother and sister are junior high school students. You might think that my family is traditional and strict. However, it is the opposite. My parents are open-minded and have a good sense of humor. I must say I am lucky to grow up in this happy family.
My father certainly has a great influence on me. I always look up to him. His passion and dedication to the family is the best thing he gives us. He never forces us children to do things we don’t like. He encourages us to make our own decisions. That’s why I can join a lot of school activities and have the chance to develop my hobbies.
I have been very active in school activities. I am one of the computer freaks who just can’t take my eyes off the computer screen. My friends know I am good at computer, so once there computers have some problems, they will come to me. I am also a pitcher on the school baseball team. Our team has won many, many matches and we thus gained the title “unbeatable team.” I believe this is resulted form our constant practice, hard work, and our strong team spirit.
Although computer and baseball take up most of my leisure time, I manage to use some spare time to play the electronic guitar in a band. I use computer to make many of our songs into MIDI files and forward them to many of my friends. My friends love them and think them awesome. Nothing can make me more proud of myself than to be able to combine my computer skills with music. Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t neglect my study when I take part in so many activities. Unless my grades in school are OK, my parents won’t let me do all these.
I have been interested in computer since I was in the fifth grade of elementary school. At that time my father had a big computer on his desk. Every time I saw how concentrated my father was while using the computer, I was full of admiration. So I said to myself: “Some day, I am going to be like that.” Later my father gave me a new computer, and ever since then, I was addicted to computer, especially after the emergence of the Internet. In fact, surfing the net has become my greatest interest.
The e-commerce has changed our traditional form of life style. Take my case for example: I keep in touch with my friends through email; I send my greetings through e-cards; I buy books from e-bookstore; I shop at many websites and search information through searching engines.
Not to mention how the e-era has bought the most powerful reform to the business world. Banks and stock markets, as well as companies, do transaction through the net, and the space and time limitation no longer exist. I am fascinated with the new change and eager to take part in it. So I have decided to major in Computer and Information Science. I want to be a professional computer programmer who creates and designs the software to meet the needs of people in the e-era.
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My name is Yu-hua Lin. I was born on August 1, 1985. There are five people in my family. My father is a business man who has run a restaurant for decades. My mother is his best assistant and at the same time a most capable and loving woman in the world. I have one brother and one sister; both of them are junior high school students. We live in a small but comfortable house in Pintung City . On the whole, we are a very happy family. We like to share a lot of interesting things at dinner and to take trips on holidays.
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I am Yen-Ping Wen. My English name is Hilary. I was born in Pingtung and have lived here for eighteen years. I grow up in warm family of four members. My father is a professional soldier. He is a man of his duty and he loves his job very much. My mother is a housewife, who always makes sure we are under great care in a neat and comfortable home. My younger sister is a third grader of junior high school, and the two of us like to share all of the joy and hardship of girlhood. As for me, I am a sincere and diligent girl studying in National Pingtung Girls’ Senior High School. This is my family, simple but lovely. My family members are my biggest support and they are the people that I love most dearly.
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I am Chou Chi-Chan, and my friends call me ‘Da-tou’. I was born and have lived in Pingtung for eighteen years. I love my hometown dearly and fully identify with its culture. My family is composed of seven people. My father works in a factory that produces spare parts. He is serious on work, but he is actually a humorous person. My mother’s job is “washing trains,” which is laborious, but she still takes good care of us. My parents’ sincere attitude toward others has a great influence on me. They make good role models. I have two younger brothers; sometimes we share things happening in school and they often tell me funny jokes to make me laugh. Also, we are lucky to have grandparents live with us, and I have learned wisdom not taught in school from them.
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I am optimistic by nature. Even when I came across setbacks, I would tell myself：“It’s just a small trouble in my life. I should solve it, and then keep going on.” I had a sorrowful experience before: one of my good friends mistook me because of another’s slander of me. At first, I was sad, but I thought about it for a long time, and then I came to a conclusion: a friend in need is a friend indeed, and maybe she is just not the one. I did not and I will not get even with the liar. The most valuable lesson I learned is that “truth is not necessarily what one sees.” This experience made me even more interested in observation, contemplation, and finally, truths about life.
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Working hard is one of my good points. I not work hard with my schoolwork but also actively participated in extracurricular activities. Besides, I try to make the most of my time to do something beneficial to our society, like volunteering in a hospital. It is my belief that the more efforts I make, the more likely I will fully use develop my potential and contribute myself to society..
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When I was in the second grade of junior high school, I experienced a great change. At that time I did very well in my studies but I was timid and introverted. But then I was chosen to participate n the school speech contest. I was worried and nervous to death and wanted to give up. Seeing my trouble, my homeroom teacher said to me, “Just do your best. Pluck up your courage and say what you want to say. And never give up.” With her encouragement, I mad a good speech . After that, I overcame my timidity and shyness and I did everything as best as I could. Until now, these words have become the creed I live by: “Do your best and never give up.”
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My parents have a great influence on me. They play a very important role in the process of forming my character. My parents’ decent behavior teachers me how to conduct myself well. I follow their examples, so my dealing(待人接物) is honest and fair. Also, my parents often instill healthy ideas about life in me. Thanks to their guidance, I have a correct attitude toward my life, and I can look at things in perspective.(客觀看待事物)
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My parents always put emphasis on the balance between learning and relaxation; therefore, since my childhood, I have cultivated various hobbies and pastimes. For instance, I like to play the electronic organ in my free time. Whenever I feel depressed, the beautiful melody will be able to comfort me and cheer me up. I am also fond of swimming and playing table tennis. As a table tennis club member, I am a skilled player. Music and sports definitely help me maintain good mental and physical health.
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In addition to doing my utmost on schoolwork, I take exercise regularly to stay healthy. Almost every day after school, I like to jog or play badminton with classmates. In hot summer, we even go swimming. Besides, going mountain climbing would be my favorite activity on holidays. Through approaching nature, I will be relaxed and soothes by the beauty of it. Cooking for my family is another thing I like to do when I have free time. By doing so, I can share the burden of my mother, and at the same time, I learn skills about life, too.
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My favorite hobby is reading. It not only provides me with useful information, but it also gives me so much pleasure. By reading I am able to enter another world where I can travel to any period of time and to any place and forget my daily cares. I enjoy reading of many kinds. Besides studying my textbooks at school to pass my exams, I also read for pleasure, gaining additional knowledge I would not learn at school. I like reading novels, adventure stories, travel books, and articles in newspaper and magazines. To tell the truth, reading brings joys and adds more flavors to my tiring and dull school life.
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My favorite recreational activity is working with the computer. Whenever I turn on my computer, I feel my self in a great mood and forget all my trouble. I always play computer games and chat with people on the Internet. In addition, I am also persuaded that the computer world is worth studying in many ways. I have learned lots of knowledge about computer and various kinds of useful software programs. Besides, I can also expose myself to the latest information through the Internet. To sum up, I consider my favorite activity both entertaining and informing, and I will continue to explore the computer technology.
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I treasure my school life very much. Though I am not a top student in terms of school grades, I am good at many fields and consider myself a devoted and enthusiastic learner. Among the school subjects, I love English best and surely do pretty well in English learning. I participated in several English speech and composition contests and won very good prizes. Also, I have been active in school camps, including those held by universities, and different kinds of workshops. I believe that extracurricular activities provide valuable opportunities for me to accumulate knowledge and broaden my horizon. I learn important interpersonal skills from these special experiences as well.
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Looking back on my senior high school days, I feel I have learned a lot of things, including all aspects of knowledge, how to get along with others, and how to take good care of my health. I take many subjects and absorb lots of knowledge from the textbooks and extracurricular materials I read. Therefore, I can deal with mot of the problems in my daily life and make myself a well-informed student. And because I have taken part in lots of class and club activities, I have learned how to cooperate with fellow students. I consider myself responsible in performing my duties, and I am always happy to be able to help others. Lastly, I know the importance of a balanced life, so I take exercise regularly . Going jogging or playing basketball with my friends has been my favorite recreational activity. To sum up, I really enjoy my senior high school life.
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English is my favorite subject in school. In fact, I didn’t develop English fondness in my childhood like other children. I started learning it when I graduated from elementary school, but I have found it interesting ever since. Although there is a “Taiwanese accent” when I speak English before, I just practice and practice with no thoughts of giving it up. And now my English teacher said that I’ve made great progress. Owing to my passion for English, I have the greatest pleasure and patience in learning English. Sometimes I talk in English with classmates; while our English conversations are often out of logic, we still have great delight in it; going to Bible classes with some friends is also fun. In this way, we believe that we would be brave enough to speak out. Moreover, I enjoy reading English literary works such as The Secret Garden , The Sound of Music, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Sound of Music. The insights into human nature and the beauty of language are the part appeal to me most.
I took great interest in mathematics when I was a child. My grade in math at all school levels was always better than those in other subjects. So I think it a good choice for me to major in accounting. It is my belief that an accountant plays an important part in society. For an industry to be prosperous, a sound accounting system is indispensable. I hope the professional training in university we prepare me to be a good accountant.
I want to take international trading as my major. In view of the fact that Taiwan is an island country with limited natural resources but abundance of man-power, our country must depend on export and import, if we are to progress and prosper. I take great interest in international affairs and economic activities, hoping four years’ training in university will provide me with the qualifications of being a specialist in the field of international trade.
I would like to major in education and be a teacher in the future. In my opinion, the work of a teacher is not dull at all. A good teacher has to be sensitive to the reactions of each student and to convey points in an interesting and effective way. Furthermore, happiness is the next thing teaching can offer. It is extremely delightful to see students improve themselves in the fields of knowledge and of personality. Besides, as a saying goes, “to teach is to learn twice,” in the process of teaching and helping students solve problems, teachers improve themselves too. For these reason, I have made up my mind to learn how to be a good teacher.
When it was time for me to decide my major, to be frankly, I had a hard time making a decision. Finally, I decided to major in Foreign Languages and Applied Linguistics, a field I am not so familiar with. That’s because after long contemplation, I finally determined to become a professional translator in an international company. To fulfill this dream, I need related training and cultivation. I learned that the curriculum of Foreign Languages and Applied Linguistics is exactly what I need if I want to be a competent translator with solid commercial background. With the support from my family, I am looking forward do having solid professional training in college.