Unit 4 Fresh Start
In-Class Reading Fresh Start
After-Class Reading College-a New Beginning
Part One Preparation
1 Talking About High School Classmates
? Among the 54 students in my high school class, I’m the only one enrolled in a national key university. There are 14 others who were accepted by provincial universities or colleges. Their majors vary greatly, covering most of the engineering fields. Of the 14 former classmates, 4 are now studying in Shanghai, 2 in Shandong, 3 in Beijing and the rest in other parts of the country. Though initially dissatisfied with their universities or colleges, they are quite happy with their majors.
? I graduated from ________ High School, a key high school in ________ Province.
Among the50 students in my class, 48 are enrolled in universities, mostly national key
universities. Three went to Peking University and two to Tsinghua University. The three who study at Peking University are majoring in law, philosophy and physics respectively and the two at Tsinghua are majoring in computer science and information science. In this university alone there are five of us, each with a different major.
Another three of my former classmates are enrolled in normal universities, one in Beijing Normal University, one in South China Normal University and one in East China Normal University.
2 A Freshman’s Scho ol Life
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I’m a freshman at Zhejiang University with a major in economics. I have been on campus for
about two months. I’m living in a dorm and have th ree nice roommates. I enjoy reading to widen my horizons, so I spend a lot of time in the university library. So far I have been enjoying my new life except that sometimes I worry about the coming mid-term and final exams. Our professors stress in class th at students’ top priority here is to acquire as much knowledge as possible. We should attend classes regularly and take good notes. We should hand in our assignments on time; and the results of quizzes will account for part of our final grades. Usually we are very busy during the week. But on weekends we can spend some time on our hobbies. The spare time thing I like to do most is to surf the Internet. Some students make use of their spare time to do some part-time jobs, for example, serving as a tutor. They say they have to earn at least part of their tuition. I think I’d prefer to work hard to win a scholarship to support myself.
A dditional activity
A Freshman’s Alphabet
F or this activity, the teacher can ask students to work in pairs to complete a Fr eshman’s Alphabet by filling in the blanks with suitable words.
A is for the ASSIGNMENTS that the teachers give us.
B is for the B that I enjoy reading.
C is for the CAMPUS where _________________________.
D is for the D that I share with my roommates.
E is for the E that give me headaches.
F is for the FRIENDS whom _________________________.
G is for the G that I learn in the English class.
H is for the H of mine, such as playing tennis.
I is for the INFORMATION that _________________________.
J is for the J that I want to get after I graduate from college.
K is for the K that we are acquiring in school.
L is for the L where we can borrow books.
M is for the M of mine—business.
N is for the N that I take in class.
O is for the OK I say to my mother over the phone.
P is for the P who give us lectures.
Q is for the QUIZZES that _________________________.
R is for the R that we write after we have done research.
S is for the S that I hope to win.
T is for the TUITION that _________________________.
U is for the U that give us the chance for higher education. V is for the V that I’m looking forward to.
W is for the W when I can relax myself.
X is for the X’MAS CARDS that I will receive from my friends in December. Y is for YAHOO that we like to visit on the Internet.
Z is for the ZEAL(热情，渴望) I have for knowledge.
A is for the ASSIGNMENTS that the teachers give us.
B is for the
BOOKS that I enjoy reading.
C is for the CAMPUS where most students live.
D is for the DORM that I share with my roommates.
E is for the
EXAMS that give me headaches.
F is for the FRIENDS whom I’m glad to stay with.
G is for the GRAMMAR that I learn in the English class. H is for the
HOBBIES of mine, such as playing tennis.
I is for the INFORMATION that I get from the Internet.
J is for the JOB that I want to get after I graduate from college. K is for the KNOWLEDGE that we are acquiring in school.
L is for the LIBRARY where we can borrow books. M is for the
MAJOR of mine—business.
N is for the NOTES that I take in class.
O is for the OK that I say to my mother over the phone. P is for the
PROFESSORS who give us lectures.
Q is for the QUIZZES that teachers give us now and then.
R is for the REPORTS that we write after we have done research. S is for the
that I hope to win.
T is for the TUITION that my parents pay for my education.
U is for the UNIVERSITIES that give us the chance for higher education. V is for the VACATIONS that I’m looking forward to.
W is for the WEEKENDS when I can relax myself.
X is for the X’MAS CARDS that I will receive from my friends in December.
Y is for YAHOO that we like to visit on the Internet.
Z is for the ZEAL(热情，渴望) I have for knowledge.
3 Expectations of College Life
? For me, Items 1, 2, 4, 5 are very important because I want to take advantage of my college years to learn something really useful. When I was in high school, my goal was to enter a prestigious university, so most of the time I studied hard just for the sake of getting high marks. Now things are different, and I am more concerned about my future career. Thus, I plan to devote my time to whatever will prepare me for my future job and life. The only item that is not important to me is Item 10 because it’s too early for me to consider a recommendation letter. The rest of the items are somewhat important to me. I hope I can develop a good relationship with my teachers and classmates.
? I think the most important goal I want to achieve in college is to develop my interpersonal skills. As we know, undergraduate studies should be focused on quality education. Gaining knowledge is something very natural to undergraduate students if we attend classes regularly and pay enough attention to lectures. In fact, learning is a life- long activity. I have a wide range of interests. I’m also a good problem solver. So Items 6 to 9 are very important to me while Items 1 to 5 are less important. As I’m planning to pursue further studies abroad after graduation, Item 10 is somewhat important to me.
Part Two Reading-Centered Activities
1dormitory / dorm room2watching3freshman4wrong5biology
10ashamed / embarrassed11forgotten12fate13serious14matter 15experiment16forgiven
2 1 No, that was just the way the writer felt, because she was self-conscious and shy.
2She probably wanted to be out of the professor’s view.
3Most biology majors are serious.
4A Here “it” refers to “my entire life”.
B It was a miserable day.
5Here “it” refers to the miserable and embarrassing moment.
6 Because she was afraid that other students might recognize her and make fun of her.
7Dropping the food tray and falling to the ground.
8Because he took it as nothing serious.
9Whether you drop a tray, where you sit, or whether you show up in the wrong lecture, etc.
? On the afternoon of the day I came to college, I saw my parents off and went back to the campus.
I found my dorm and walked in. Settling into my bed as I was tired, I reached for the cup on the
desk when I sensed something strange. Two persons in the room were staring at me, puzzled. I can still remember I was a bit shocked at that moment. Who were they? I jumped out of bed, puzzled, too. Why were they staring at me like that? But in a few seconds I realized what had happened: I had come to the right room but the wrong building. I flushed and apologized in a clumsy way. The two guys seemed to be amused. They told me that they were also freshmen and that I was welcome to their dorm anytime I liked. I said thanks and then fled.
? It happened about a week after I came to college. Just as I got out of the library building, I found that I had taken someone else’s bag. How foolish! I hurried back to the library, only to find that the guy was already in the librarians’ office with an angry look. The moment he saw his bag he smiled with relief. I apologized for my mistake and waited for his sharp words. To my surprise, he patted me on the back and said in a friendly way, “Don’t worry, I have made the same mistake, too.”
? I made a serious mistake on my first English test. I forgot to put my name on my paper. My teacher didn’t blame me but told me to avoid repeating the same mistake. It was a good lesson
for me and I learned to be very careful when it came to details.
1 1 rearing
4 major5lot, lot
2 1 seriously 2 crashed
4 slip5clasps / clasped
9 opportunity10hesitation Translation
1 The individuals who have contributed are far too many / numerous to mention.
2 The noise woke us up in the middle of the night.
3 He shouldn’t have been angry at what I said. It was nothing more than a joke.
4 We invited all our friends to the picnic, but it rained and only five of them showed up.
5 Marriage is viewed as a serious matter.
6 To my disappointment, the movie didn’t live up to my expectations.
Part Three Further Development
1. Grammar Review
1. laughing / to laugh
2. be / should be
3. hadn’t helped
8. can we
2. V ocabulary Review
2. find out
4. broke up
3 College vs High School
D ifferences between college life and life in high school:
?At college we live on campus instead of at home, that is, we have to take care of ourselves: We wash our clothes by ourselves, we eat at the dining hall, we get up and go to bed without our parents bustling around, and we learn to budget our money carefully.
?College teachers are quite different from those in high school. Th ey won’t drive you to study. They give lectures, they answer questions, and they disappear, leaving you a mass of assignments to do. Very often you’ll be asked to cover half of a book in just one week. But generally they’re much more knowledgeable, humorou s and tolerant than high school teachers.
?Students in college come from all over the country. You can even see some foreign students on campus. We share our knowledge about the places we are from: different dialects, different customs and different eating habits. We make friends with each other and spend a lot of time together; thus we can broaden our horizons and discover an even richer world.
?High school work was easy, so we always knew the answers and got high scores. But in college the texts are more difficult to understand, the quantity of required reading is greater, and nobody can answer all the questions. It seems high school students are swimming in a pool while college students are adrift in a sea.
?Good study skills are a must in college. We’re entitled to much more free time but we should learn to use it in a reasonable way. In college most classes meet only once or twice a week. We have to work hard to keep up with the course work. We have to learn to take notes from texts and lectures because college teachers, unlike high school teachers, seldom provide notes for us. And we should also take an active part in discussions in class.
?We probably have fewer tests in college, usually with mid-term and final exams only.
?The college often helps with our needs for assistance—student loans, scholarships, special student aid funds, etc. There are also work-study programs that are available to satisfy students’ different needs for financial aid.
?College students can take some part-time jobs. In this way they can earn some money to support themselves. At the same time, they get some useful experience and learn to get along with different kinds of people.
?We are free to organize extracurricular activities in college. For example, in our spare time we may hold a party, a sports meet, an English speech contest, or we may go to the movies on weekends or go for a picnic on a spring day. In short, college life is very exciting and in most cases you’re the decision-makers.
4 Fighting Against Freshman Loneliness
W ays to fight against loneliness on campus:
?make more friends;
?keep yourself busy;
?have a good sleep;
?surf the Internet;
?have a tour around the city where your university is located;
?go to a movie;
?phone your family or friends;
?write letters to friends or send them e-mails;
?read a novel or listen to music;
?talk to someone you know;
?visit some relatives or acquaintances who are in the same city;
?stroll around the supermarket or department store even if y ou aren’t going to buy anything;
?be friendly with your classmates / roommates and spend some out-of-school time with them;
?consult your counselor;
?attend an association / club or be a member of the Student Union.
Part Four Writing and Translation
2. Translation Practice
C ollege life is wonderful and rewarding. You suddenly find yourself in a place with so
many new things awaiting you. When you go to the classes, you are amazed to find that the world the teachers bring to you is different from the one you are familiar with.
Wherever you go, you will meet new friends, who are always ready to help you and
discuss questions with you. What’s more, you usually don’t have to take as many tests as you did in high school, enjoying more free time of your own. The extracurricular activities are so varied and colorful that you sometimes simply do not know which to choose. And there are abundant opportunities for you to get to know about society, for example, part-time jobs and volunteer work in the neighborhood.
C ollege life is busy and tiring. People often say college is like a heaven, but to me college is
just like a hell. It is even worse than my high school. We have to take many more courses, and do much more homework. And the teachers are never available to help us out when we need them. Besides study, we have to do the laundry, shopping and cleaning all by ourselves.
Students in college are all smart. Competition here is much fiercer. You can never expect to be the best. The worst thing is that in college you may not have a clear goal. In high school, the college entrance exam was what we were working for. But here, there’s too much for us to read and know, and sometimes we feel at a loss as to what to do and how to do it. College life seems to be something out of our control.