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[转载]College----a New Beginning

(2011-05-29 20:04:29)
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College----a New Beginning

John N. Gardner & A. Jerome Jewler

大学,新的开端

约翰N.加德纳,A.杰罗姆 朱勒

“When I was talking on the phone with a colleague earlier this morning, he told me I shouldn’t try to come to my office today because freshmen are arriving and everything is a mess on campus. My colleague was right. It certainly is a mess. There are hundreds of cars packed with hot, sweaty students, their families, and their many belongings. Mothers and fathers argue about when, where, and whether to pack. Campus police do what they can to direct traffic, but they know they will have to let some rules be broken today. It is the messiest day of the year, no doubt about it. It is also my favorite day.”

 

“今天上午早些时候,我和一位同事通电话,电话里他提醒我今天别来办公室,因为正是新生开学的时候,学校里一团糟。他说得没错儿,确实乱了套。学校里挤满了几百辆汽车,载着汗流浃背的学生和他们的家长,还有学生大包小包的行李。做父母的为是否停车,何时停车,停在哪里而争论不休。校警虽然竭尽全力指挥交通,不过心里也明白,今天也只能把一些规则放宽些了。毫无疑问,这一天是一年当中最混乱的一天,但也是我最喜欢的一天。”

 

In this way Charlotte J. Patterson recently began her welcoming speech to arriving freshmen. A psychology professor at the University of Virginia, Patterson has a great deal of understanding for new students---for their hopes, dreams, and fears. What does it mean to be a freshman on the first day of the semester? Professor Patterson views it as a new beginning. She continued:

 

以上就是夏洛特J.帕特森在最近的迎新致辞中的开场白。作为弗吉尼亚大学的心理学教授,帕特森充分了解新生的心理,了解他们的希望、梦想、以及顾虑。在新学期的第一天成为大学新生,这意味着什么?夏洛特教授认为它意味着一个崭新的开端。她在致辞中继续说道:

 

“It makes me think of those early spring days when the snow is melting. One cannot step down anywhere without splashing. Even when I am cold and wet, I cannot hate those days; they tell me spring is coming. Freshman arrival is also a mess, but I cannot hate it either. Freshmen appear in town like young green shoots sprouting up everywhere, looking for light. Their faces hang out of the windows of dorms like fresh new buds on an old, old tree. Someone may worry about the sun and the soil and the possibility of frost, but for both young plants and freshmen it is enough to be alive and there.”

 

“新生入学这天让我想起了积雪消融的初春时节。那些天人们每迈出去一步都会溅起泥水,但即使感觉寒冷潮湿,我也无法使自己怨恨那几天,因为它们预示着春天的到来。新生开学也很混乱,但我同样也无法因此就讨厌这件事。新生从四面八方来到镇上,犹如雨后春笋遍地涌现,找寻阳光。他们从宿舍楼的窗子探出头来,就像一个个鲜嫩的芽苞,从一棵古老的大树上绽出。也可能会有人担心光照不够明亮,土壤不够肥沃,霜降可能来临,但是对幼苗和大学新生来说,能够存活下来,能够迈进大学的校门,这已经足够了。”

 

“Yes, today is the beginning of a new life. One day you’re Mama’s child, living at home; the next day, you’re a freshman and on your own. FRESHMAN! I like the word. The very name itself suggests problem. Should it be pronounced with stress on the FRESH or on the MAN? It could be either. It doesn’t matter whether you think of adulthood as a journey or as an arrival; today it clearly a step on the path of your life. Freshman excitement and freshman fears can be seen on every young face around me.”

 

“是的,今天是新生活的开始。昨天,你还是妈妈的心肝宝贝,住在家里被呵护有加,但是,今天你已经是一名要独立生活的大学新生了。新生,我喜欢这个词。这个称呼本身就让人想起一个问题。我们读它时是该重读‘新’呢还是‘生’呢?都可以。无论你把长大成人看做人生的旅途还是终点,今天无疑都是你人生中的一大步。新生的欢喜和忧愁都呈现在我周围每张年轻的脸上。”

 

“College is an exciting time, perhaps the most exciting time of your life. But it is also a time of many major adjustments and some disappointment. Most fields of study have become quite competitive. You will need to study hard and prepare yourself well in order to enter them. Also the information explosion has brought greater demands on people who want to absorb all that information. As a result, there is a growing need for a more structured introduction to college. And courses that are intended for freshmen have become popular on campuses. As new students, you should take some of these courses that will help you to prepare for the more difficult courses you will take later. Make sure you learn to read, write, and speak well, and don’t be afraid of courses that make you think. Thinking can be exciting and also rewarding. Also take time to enjoy yourselves---relax a bit, eat well, and laugh a lot. Make college the wonderful and rewarding experience that you have hoped it would be. Good luck to all of you!”

 

“大学是一段充满激情的时光,它甚至可能是你一生中最激情飞扬的日子。但同时,你们也要做出一些重要的调整,经历一些挫败。如今,大多数研究领域充满了激烈的竞争,你们必须努力学习,充分准备,以进入这些研究领域。同时,知识爆炸也对需求信息的人提出了更高的要求。因此,大学新生越来越需要有一个安排更为合理的开端,这使得一些面对新生开设的课程越来越受欢迎。作为新生,大家应该选修一些这样的课程,为将来学习更加深奥的课程做好准备。一定要学会读书,写得一手好文章,成功地当众演讲。不要惧怕那些引发思考的课程,因为思考令人兴奋,其结果也让人获益匪浅。同时,也要拿出些时间来享受生活---放松一下,注意营养,笑口常开,让大学生活如你们所愿,美妙而有益。祝大家好运!”
 

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