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#6 Getting through the midterm 考试难关

各位和声人,


临近中期考试了,你们的心情是胸有成竹,还是战战兢兢呢?

能够参与中大考试的同学们,其实可谓身经百战。可是,有些同学仍为了追赶GPA而忧心忡忡,甚至压力爆煲。无可否认,在申请奖学金,到海外作学术交流,或继续升学时,GPA的确扮演着关键的角色,但它却不是唯一的关键。书院以至世界上顶尖学术机构,在考虑有关申请时,除了学术成绩外,更加重视同学对学科的热诚,创意,经验,沟通能力,态度等的全人指标。 有些同学为了「易过劲过」,情愿选修没有兴趣的课,不仅失去从学习带来的乐趣,更加扼杀了发展个人专长的机会,是十分可惜的事。再者,大家应该没有听前人说过「你的GPA如何,你的日子也必如何」吧!毕业后,那些「过3爆4」的辉煌战绩只能証明你对此学科的熟悉程度,但绝不是通往成功的如意门。


因此,不论是学习或工作,我认为最重要的是全力以赴,享受那独一的学习过程。正因为自己经已搏尽,就不用太忧心结果了。在这中期考试前夕,希望同学用功温习,关关难过关关过!成绩好当然令人鼓舞,趟若成绩未如理想,让我借用Harold于上星期的分享: 「对着未如人意的成绩,你可能会感到沮丧,也有一些错误是不能弥补的,但数年以至数十年后,你的GPA对你会像今天一样重要吗?」(我们的答案都是否定的。)


Dear students,


The midterm is approaching, are you full of confident or filled with anxiety?

We are experienced fighters, getting through a lot of battles to earn the privilege to sit in the exam in CUHK. Nonetheless, some of us are still overwhelmed by the pressure of chasing a better GPA. Of course, a shinning GPA score helps in applying for a scholarship, securing for an exchange opportunity, and admitting into the graduate school. But it is not the sole factor to be considered. Our college and other top institutions in the world take the applicant’s altitude, communication skills, innovativeness, experience into account when considering relevant applications. I often feel sad when the students choose a course for the easiness of getting an "A" rather than follow their interest in the subject. For sure, by doing so, one may get some good numbers in your transcript, but that would strangle the path to be your true self. There is one saying that “The GPA doesn’t define who you are”. In fact, after graduation, a GPA of 4 can only prove you did well in the university courses, but it is definitely not a FastPass to success.


Therefore, let’s give our best efforts, put aside the anxiety and enjoy the unique learning process. It would be nice to have done well in the exam. But if the results are not as expected or even disappointing, I hope we will still remember Harold’s sharing last week “It may feel painful in the moment, and some mistakes may in fact be irreversible, but would we feel the same two years or twenty years from now? Would this event have the same impact on us years from now?” Our answers are “No!”, there are so much more in life than a mere GPA score!


Finally, I wish everyone good luck on the exam. Enjoy studying!


Best wishes,


Ellis Fok Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine

Associate Dean of Student, Lee Woo Sing College

The Chinese University of Hong Kong