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自我展示材料是否值得花费精力去准备?
发布时间: 2011/8/9 10:19:29 被阅览数: 818 次 来源: 不详
 

作者:LHM中国区教学总监 Jonathan Haagen

  近些年来,美国大学官方越来越关注中国学生的申请趋势。除了SAT考试成绩,GPA成绩和个人申请文书(自我陈述)之外,中国大陆的学生还会随之寄送一份专业制作的小册子,其中罗列了他们在校的出色表现。这些被称为“自我展示”的文件夹通常包括五花八门的彩色照片,而且对学生的思想、性格、创造性追求、以及所获荣誉和奖励都有非常详细的描述。

    乍一看,也许准备这样一个自我展示的材料并不是一个非常明智的选择,但却是必要的。毕竟,几乎所有高年级的中国申请者都能取得非常出色的SAT成绩,由于从成绩中很难推测出中国学生在美国大学的表现,所以美国大学招生处对中国学生的成绩不是很看重。因此,他们在决定是否录取中国学生的时候可能会参照这些材料,尤其是像Grinnell 这样的规模较小的文科学院,一般来说,200名申请者里只会录取15名。
    然而,事实上,这类自我展示的材料几乎不会影响校方的决定。因为他们可能根本不会去看这些材料。正如Grinnell学校国际部负责人Jonathan Edwards在《纽约时报》上所言:“这些小册子的最终归宿就是垃圾桶”。
但是这并不意味着你不应该准备这些材料。也许校方的工作人员心情好的时候会多看一眼你的材料。话虽这样说,但是所有学生都应该明白,你们的侧重点应该放在个人申请文书(自我陈述)和SAT上,而非这些学校可能都不会看的补充材料上。
       Allen先生坦言,美国大学的教务人员工作严重超负荷,他们要在近3000份申请者中筛选录取,所以他们几乎不看学生的自我展示材料。事实上,正如Grinnell学校的国际部负责人Jonathan C. Edwards所说的,这些材料最终都会被丢进垃圾桶。
 
 
For several years now, American university officials have been commenting on an application trend coming out of China. In addition to SATs, Grades and Essays, students from the mainland have sent along professionally-produced brochures that catalogue their greatest accomplishments. These portfolios, called “brag sheets” often include glossy, multi-colored pictures, and long detailed descriptions of the students’ thoughts, feelings, creative pursuits, awards and prizes.
 
At first glance, it may seem that assembling a brag sheet is not just a smart idea, but a necessity. After all, nearly all high-level Chinese applicants achieve a good score on the SAT, and American universities place less emphasis on Chinese grades since it is harder to determine how they translate to university ability in the United States. It would seem, therefore, that universities might use these publications to make more informed decisions about the applicants from China – especially at small liberal arts schools like Grinnell where only 15 Chinese students are accepted from over 200 applicants.
 
 However, it appears that brag sheets have almost no effect on university decisions. That is because university officials are unlikely to even read the brag sheets. “The next stop for the brochures is the recycling bin,” Jonathan Edwards, coordinator of international admission at Grinnell told the New York Times.
 
That doesn’t necessarily mean that you shouldn’t compile one. You might catch a university admissions officer on a good day and he or she may give your brochure some extra attention. That said, students should understand that their emphasis should be placed on the essays and the SAT more than supplementary materials that the university may not even consider.  
 
 Mr. Allen said that few would actually be read by the overworked admissions officers as they plowed through nearly 3,000 applications over all. In fact, the next stop for the brochures, said Jonathan C. Edwards, Grinnell’s coordinator of international admission, would be the recycling bin.
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