UC申请文书大改革!内附官方文书解答方针丨美国留学

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近日,加州大学对2016-2017年度学生申请文书要求做出了修改。

改革后美国留学更难了还是更简单了?

先来看看以下几个问题!

新申请文书做出了什么样的更改?
新的申请系统文书需要从学校提供的8个问题中选择4个问题进行回答,每题回答字数不超过350字。这是加州大学第一次从长问答格式变成多问题、短回答模式。
为什么要做出这样的更改?
随着申请者数量及系统中可选择性的增加,申请者的书面答复能够反映学生的思考方式和个人见解是非常关键的。新的模式目标在于使申请者在想要分享的信息方面有更大发言权。学生可以表达他们是谁以及什么东西对他们更重要,不仅仅是通过他们如何回答问题,也通过他们对问题的选择。
与此同时,新版个人陈述给学生们提供了更好的方向和主题,而这些对他们的大学校园生活是很关键的。这也减少了学生在申请加州大学时使用为申请其他学校写作的文章或者课堂作业。另外,这可以使申请者充分利用申请表来展现他们自己的特点。学校希望通过给学生更多的选择和更清晰的指导,他们可以对这个过程中所期待的东西有一个更好的理解。
学生该如何准备?有没有指导?
加州大学会在招生网站系统上为学生的提供指导和其他材料,包括学生工作表、演示文稿、整个春天辅导员和学生的记录研讨会。同时加州大学还计划在今年秋季的顾问会议上提出新的问题。但是,加州大学仍鼓励学生尽早开始,以确保他们的写作尽可能清晰。
个人陈述是学生表达自己,并使学生展现他们独特点和闪光点的部分。但是学生应该保证写作清晰、周到且有条理,应该给自己足够的时间来准备,精心撰写和修改他们的答案。错别字、语法或拼写错误,会对审阅人理解申请人所表达的东西造成困扰。
相对于之前的版本,新的申请文书更注重全方位展现学生个人性格和背景特点,以及学生思维能力和见解方式。至于留学更难还是更简单,只能说一切事在人为!
下面是UC Essay8选4 的题目,
快来看看官方的解答方针吧!
 1、Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time.
  请描述能够体现你领导力的一个事例,此事中你对他人有积极的影响,或者协助解决了一些争端,或者长期在集体中作出贡献。
  Things to consider:A leadership role can mean more than just a title. It can mean being a mentor to others, acting as the person in charge of a specific task, or a taking lead role in organizing an event or project. Think about your accomplishments and what you learned from the experience. What were your responsibilities?
  Did you lead a team? How did your experience change your perspective on leading others? Did you help to resolve an important dispute at your school, church in your community or an organization? And your leadership role doesn’t necessarily have to be limited to school activities. For example, do you help out or take care of your family?


 2、Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.
  每个人都有创造力,可以体现在不同方面,比如解决问题、新鲜原创的点子、艺术方面的体现等。请描述你所具备的创造力。
  Things to consider:What does creativity mean to you? Do you have a creative skill that is important to you? What have you been able to do with that skill? If you used creativity to solve a problem, what was your solution? What are the steps you took to solve the problem?
  How does your creativity influence your decisions inside or outside the classroom? Does your creativity relate to your major or a future career?

 3、What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?
  说说你最棒的天赋或技能,你是如何发展起这项能力的,又是如何展现它的呢?
  Things to consider:If there’s a talent or skill that you’re proud of, this is the time to share it. You don’t necessarily have to be recognized or have received awards for your talent (although if you did and you want to talk about, feel free to do so). Why is this talent or skill meaningful to you?
  Does the talent come naturally or have you worked hard to develop this skill or talent? Does your talent or skill allow you opportunities in or outside the classroom? If so, what are they and how do they fit into your schedule?

 4、Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.
  请描述下你是如何利用你的受教育机会,或你是如何克服在受教育过程中面对的困难的。
    Things to consider:An educational opportunity can be anything that has added value to your educational experience and better prepared you for college. For example, participation in an honors or academic enrichment program, or enrollment in an academy that’s geared toward an occupation or a major, or taking advanced courses that interest you — just to name a few.
 If you choose to write about educational barriers you’ve faced, how did you overcome or strived to overcome them? What personal characteristics or skills did you call on to overcome this challenge? How did overcoming this barrier help shape who are you today?

 5、Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge. How has this challenge affected your academic achievement?
  请描述你面临的最大的一次挑战,以及你是如何克服的。这次挑战对你的学术成就有什么影响吗?
  Things to consider:A challenge could be personal, or something you have faced in your community or school. Why was the challenge significant to you? This is a good opportunity to talk about any obstacles you’ve faced and what you’ve learned from the experience. Did you have support from someone else or did you handle it alone?
  If you’re currently working your way through a challenge, what are you doing now, and does that affect different aspects of your life? For example, ask yourself, “How has my life changed at home, at my school, with my friends, or with my family?”

     6、Describe your favorite academic subject and explain how it has influenced you.
  描述你最喜欢的学术科目,并阐述它对你的影响。
  Things to consider:Discuss how your interest in the subject developed and describe any experience you have had inside and outside the classroom — such as volunteer work, summer programs, participation in student organizations and/or activities — and what you have gained from your involvement.
  Has your interest in the subject influenced you in choosing a major and/or career? Have you been able to pursue coursework at a higher level in this subject (honors, AP, IB, college or university work)?

     7、What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
  你为推动学校或者社区的积极发展做出什么贡献?
  Things to consider:Think of community as a term that can encompass a group, team or a place – like your high school, hometown, or home. You can define community as you see fit, just make sure you talk about your role in that community. Was there a problem that you wanted to fix in your community?
  Why were you inspired to act? What did you learn from your effort? How did your actions benefit others, the wider community or both? Did you work alone or with others to initiate change in your community?

     8、What is the one thing that you think sets you apart from other candidates applying to the University of California?
  描述一件可以让你与其他的候选人与众不同的事情。
  Things to consider:Don’t be afraid to brag a little. Even if you don’t think you’re unique, you are — remember, there’s only one of you in the world. From your point of view, what do you feel makes you belong on one of UC’s campuses? When looking at your life, what does a stranger need to understand in order to know you?
  What have you not shared with us that will highlight a skill, talent, challenge, or opportunity that you think will help us know you better? We’re not necessarily looking for what makes you unique compared to others, but what makes you, YOU.

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