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下面的这篇作文是一篇极为优秀的范文,作者为 Lauren A Hackney,被耶鲁大学,麻省理工学院和波士顿学院同时录取。


    I’M GOING RUNNING TODAY. I am not concerned about my calorie consumption for the day, nor am I anxious to get in shape for the winter season. I just want to go running.

    I used to dislike running. “If you don’t win this game, you’re all running five miles tomorrow,” the field hockey coach used to warn, during those last days of October when the average temperature seemed to be decreasing exponentially. And so, occasionally, my grief-stricken team would run numerous miserable laps around the fields. At the end of these excursions, our faces and limbs would be numb, and we would all have developed those notorious flu-like symptoms; but the running made us better in the long run, I suppose. Nevertheless, I counted down the days until the end of the field hockey season, vowing never to put on a pair of running shoes again. Then I surprised myself by signing up for outdoor track in the second half of sophomore year. I was foolish to have believed that I could ever escape this insidious and magnetic addiction.

    Anyone would have thought that I’d be off the team in a few days, but the last week of January caught me splashing through puddles of melted ice, and February winds nearly blew me off the track. I looked forward to practices this time around, to the claps and the persistent cheers of my fellow trackies. I was feeling a “runner’s high” spurred by the endorphins released by exercise. But to attribute my affinity for running solely to chemistry diminishes the personal importance that running has for me.

    I like running—in the cool shade of the towering oak trees, and in the warm sunlight spilling over the horizon, and in the drops of rain falling gently from the clouds. Certain things become clear to me when I’m running—only while running did I realize that “hippopotami” is possibly the funniest word in the English language, and only while running did I realize that the travel section of The York Times does not necessarily provide an accurate depiction of the entire world. Running lends me precious moments to contemplate my life: while running I find time to dream about changing the world, to think about recent death of a classmate, or to wonder about the secret to college admission

    Running is the awareness of hurdles between me and the finish line; running is the desire to overcome them. Running is putting up with aches and pains, relishing the knowledge that, in the end, I will have built strength and endurance. Running is the instant clarity of vision with which I can see my future just one hundred yards in the distance; it is the understanding that these crucial steps will determine victory or defeat.

    Running is not the most important thing in the world to me, but it is what fulfills me when time permits. And right now, before the sun goes down, I like to take advantage of the road that lies ahead.



    我过去并不喜欢跑步。 “如果你们没有赢得这场比赛,明天你们所有人都得跑5英里。”曲棍球教练过去常常警告;那是十月的最后几天,平均气温仿佛呈指数般骤降。是的,偶尔,我们可怜的球队队员会在田径场上痛苦地跑上很多圈。在长跑结束的时候,我们的脸和四肢会变得麻木,我们都会出现类似臭名昭著的流感一样的症状;我猜想,就长远而言长跑对我们有利。尽管如此,我都会数着距离曲棍球赛季结束还剩几天,并发誓绝不再穿上跑鞋。然后,连我自己也感到惊奇,十年级下学期的时候,我又报名参加了室外径赛队。我傻乎乎地以为我本可摆脱这种渐渐积累且磁性般的跑步瘾。



















Bill Gates spoke before a group of high school students and gave them eleven rules of life.

#1 Life is not easy!… Get used to it!…

#2 The world doesn’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself.

#3 You will not make $60,000 a year, right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with car and phone until you earn both.

#4 If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get your boss. He doesn’t have tenure.

#5 Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: opportunity.

#6 If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault. So don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

#7 Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought they were. So before you save the rainforests from the parasites of your parents’ generations, try delousing the closet in your own room…

#8 Your school may have done away with winners and losers but life has not. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they will give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to anything in real life

#9 Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time.

#10 Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

#11 Be nice to nerds. Chances are you will end up working for one.
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