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A result of an assignment, also somthing about my life.
Hope  you like it. 

TOP 5 – THE FIRST PUBLISHED ARTICLE AND MY WRITING

    My first article was published on a literary magazine for primary students. I was in Grade Two. When Miss Shi announced and gave the remuneration to me, I felt extremely excited. It was a story about the game of hand shadow. I had never thought that it would be sent to an editorial department and appear on a publication! Miss Shi is always a kind and understanding teacher, also my first teacher. Today, when I think about this, I still feel grateful to her for sending out my homework articles.

    The remuneration was only ten yuan, but it meant much more than that to me. Before we moved to the present new flat, it had been pressed under the glassy plastic board of my old desk for many at least five years, as flat as a stamp, as important as an award. It didn’t improve my Mandarin Chinese much, but gave me initial pride on writing. Though I also dreamed about publishing articles and becoming a writer before this happened, but I certainly began to dream more about that kind of stuff after this.

    I usually felt tired about writing articles for homework and tests in primary and junior high schools, as I was always asked to write much, but rarely got a high mark. It seemed that I was not intelligent on writing in those days, and there was far less possibility to be a writer. However, because of the experience of my first publication, I have never lost the hope of making it. As long as I remember this, I will never ever give up.

    Read, read, and write. As I read more, think more, and practice more, I write better and better, broaden my mind and enrich my knowledge at the same time. I stick on writing, from childhood to adulthood. Finally, I enter the senior high school. Here, I have much less homework and much more free time than in my old Chinese ones. I read more, make plans on reading, record my emotion by words when I am spare, and keep a diary. Reading and writing become more and more indispensable, become a part of my daily life, and my soul.

    When I hand in my articles, I may not sure about my essays, but those stories are absolutely my pride. I focus on detail, put my own emotion into it, try to make every part natural and real to make the whole story realistic. I write fictions, but I use fictions to tell reality, tell my life. More and more, my confidence grows. The importance of writing also does. If reading a new book is exploring a new world, then writing a story is creating a new world. There can’t be anything more exciting than this for me in the world. So, I try my best to build my worlds brilliantly.

    Nowadays, I can’t stop writing every day, just like I can’t stop having foods every day. However, there’s one thing I always remember, and will never ever forget: my first published Hand-shadow article in primary school, my first confidence and pride on writing, the seed of this progress all the time.

     

     

TOP 4 – GETTING THE OFFER FROM IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON

    In fact, the most favorite school for me is the University of Cambridge. First, I want to go to Britain so that I can have chance to experience the culture of Europe. What’s more, Cambridge is the cradle of Science in western countries. Also, it is famous for its study on Biology, my best subject! Before I choose my applications for Britain, I first search on the Internet, find Top Five universities on Biology in Britain except King’s College London, as it is similar to UCL, but less good than it. So, finally, on the application list, there are the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, University College London, the University of Edinburg, and the University of Manchester.

    I apply very hurriedly. It’s the beginning of Grade 12, Semester One, September! The deadline of applying for Cambridge is October 15th in British time. Applications for all British schools must be submitted at the same time, and I must find teachers as my referee and help me on editing my personal statement. All the above universities except Manchester are in Top Twenty of the world’s universities, and Cambridge is in Top Five! So, if I’m not careful enough and try my best, I won’t stand any chance.

    By using spare time, and editing again and again by my Biology teacher and myself, I complete my PS., and update it on UCAS. Then, my referee teacher also completes her help. On my personal statement, I write about my will to study in England on Biology, promote to environmental protection, and my two greatest hobbies, reading and writing, and the one next to them, running. Also, I mentions about my achievement on founding the magazine of Chinese Literature Club.

    Anxiously, I’m waiting for answers. Cambridge is my favorite one, but also the most unlikely one, as it almost can be a school for genius. However, as I fancy it so much, I still make a try. However, the thing makes me worry is that I may not even get one of these famous schools. Before being declined by Cambridge, Edinburg gives out its offer, and that makes me relieve a little. However, Toronto’s Biology is QS Top 13, much better than Edinburg’s QS Top 25, so it can’t be a strong reason to let me study in Britain. Only Cambridge is better on Biology than Toronto, but I’m declined by it. I even think I may not go to Britain if I get an offer from the latter.

    However, the life is always full of turns. When I get my second conditional offer, it surprises the whole senior high school. It’s Imperial College London, which is in Top Ten of the world’s universities! The message is gotten on the morning, then, almost every teacher I meet asks me about this when the afternoon comes. I even feel shocked and embarrassed about this speed. ICL is QS Top 19 on Biology, Top 7 on average, and one of the most ancient schools in western science history. This one is competitive to Toronto, and I regain my confidence. At least, it increases my possibility to transfer to Cambridge in the second academic year.

    So, at last, compare to my original expectation, it’s a failure, but also a great success. I become the most shining one of my school in a period of time, and the most important thing is, I try my best on it, and I will continue to try like fighting.

     

     

TOP 3 – THE RESULT OF TWO YEARS’ DAILY EXERCISE

    Imperial College London just gives me a conditional offer, so it is still something unsure. Then, here’s something sure, as I really grow much stronger after two years’ exercises.

    Talking about why I start exercising, I feel a little ashamed because I used to be the weakest one among all students in this school. In Grade Ten students, I should be someone intelligent, but absolutely not strong enough. In the first semester, it doesn’t seem to matter much. However, when spring comes, flu also awakes. I get fever at the beginning of the second semester, and apply for a whole week’s off! It’s so annoying that I miss so many lessons, and my DPA is directly lowered as a result of lacking in participation! Moreover, one or two days after returning, I fall fever again, and then, there’s the third time for this process! I apply for one week’s off continuously in one month for three times! That’s too awful, annoying and terrible! How shaming this is!

    My dream job is to be a photographer of natural documentaries. Then, if just staying at school can put me into this fever-fever-fever situation, how can I survive in the wild? Hence, I start my journey of physical exercises.

    At first, I do kicks and punches. Both of them are easy, and I can do these any time when I am spare. In addition, I change my way to go up stairs. Instead of one stair for each step, I make three every time. After a period of time, I step four every time. Exercises not only increase my strength, but also improve my flexibility. As the time flows, punches and kicks change to something harder, push-ups, sit-ups, squats and running, then burpees and more running. I enjoy soaking in sweat, running under rain, sunshine, and the feel of wind. All of these are so cool and awesome! And everything is so different!

    Good sleep, proper diet, and striving on exercises is equal to excellent health and growth. In the past, I was the shortest child in my family, but now, I’m the tallest one. I can even run in rainy and windy days. I can run no matter it is hot or cold. I used to get bad cold very often, and need about a month to cure, but now, I rarely get one, and it usually takes me no more than one week to turn life back to normal. The only disadvantage is that I’m easy to feel hungry, and I can’t grow more muscle even I eat much.

    Being easy to feel hungry is inconvenient, but still, my body’s quality can be outstanding among all the students. I’m not the strongest one or the fastest one. However, nobody can compete with me on endurance in this school. What’s more, here’s no second student who can wear T-shirt in winter, and get rid of air-conditioner in summer, as I have much more resistance to temperature change. I’m still continuing to try to become stronger, faster, and more flexible. This is, and will always be one of my greatest prides. I believe I will be like a leopard one day in the future. Being both strong and intelligent, I will be close to perfection.

 

 

TOP 2 – LAUNCHING A SCHOOL LITERARY MAGAZINE

    As I say formerly, I’m extremely interested in writing. As a spare student writer, I’m always looking forward to finding more people like me, share our works, and become friends. However, in an international school, creative writing in English is still a challenge for most of students, and Chinese writing is overlooked by many of us, as just getting used to the English environment is hurrying yet. Even making a Chinese speech in spare time can be reluctant for many of us. However, I think it’s necessary to practice reading and writing in Chinese, as someone loses mother language in mother country is not able to study a second language.

    So, in this condition, I must figure out a way to gather more student-youth-writer like me, and activate and encourage schoolmates’ interest on writing. After reading A Message to Garcia, I produce an idea: If the author of A Message to Garcia starts his business by publishing his own articles on his own magazine, then, I can do this as well.

    When step goes into Grade Eleven, I make a plan about founding a new club for the first literary magazine for our school, and this informal publication is only for young people and students like us. After applying and talking about my ideas, Miss Zhu, guiding teacher of Chinese Literature Club decides to cooperate with me. Instead of founding a new club, I enter an old important club as a new member, be ready to start something amazing.

    First, I design an A4 poster for collecting writing works. On this advertisement, I says that even a note with one or two sentences is acceptable. Let’s make a guess about what happens next. I get ten articles in the first month? No! Absolutely not! There’s not even a character for me! So, the beginning falls into dilemma, and it lasts from October to November.

    At the end of November, I can’t sit anymore. If there’s no writing from someone else, then I will use my own writing. Though I have worried about the others’ opinions on me, but I still make up my mind on this. This is the first step. No matter what will happen, it creates possibility for something new. And to my surprise, it achieves a huge success, as almost every member of the Chinese Literature Club appreciates my work. “Literature is the bird of thoughts, flies with wings of emotion.” This is what I type on the cover page of the First Edition, November 2016 of Our Literature, the literary magazine for youth and students.

    After the launching of the First Edition, members of our club begin to send articles to me, and a Grade Ten student becomes my partner. Then, after about one year’s hard work, our achievement is rewarded as Excellent Studying Result by our school, and more editors join us when I enter Grade Twelve.

    When I apply for universities, I write this experience on my personal statement, and I’m very sure it’s one of those reasons which make me get a conditional offer from ICL more quickly than all my schoolmates. This is not only my personal achievement, but also an interesting story, a new history of our school. I hope I can see Our Literature becomes a formal publication before my graduation. If that’s too soon for it, I believe I will see that later. This is one of my greatest wishes in present days.

     

 

TOP 1 – WRITING MY OWN NOVEL, SURVIVAL

    Writing! Once again, we talk about writing! Long time ago, about before entering secondary school, I had already thought about writing stories for many times. However, forming a complete storyline is not easy. So, it had been delaying for a very long time until I restart reading Warriors, a British novel series about wild cats written by Erin Hunter.

    I used to read Warriors before, and then, I buy more books of this series after I am in junior high school, and finish reading most of them. It takes me a long time, as it is hard to squeeze time if you study in a Chinese junior high school, especially in Grade Nine. From this point, entering an international senior high school gives me more time on this activity. Also, I can spend more time writing something I like, instead of just writing for homework.

    By complete reading four series of Warriors in Chinese, Jack London’s Call of The Wild and White Fang in English, I get more familiar with animal novels. Reading more world-famous books like Mysterious Island and Gulliver’s Travels promote to my apprehension on literature as well. More important thing is, spending more time writing in spare time and keeping a diary improve my writing skills and ability to create stories. You design characters and background, and let the plot flow by itself.

    The only pity is that I don’t figure out a pure original beginning by myself. At the beginning of the story, the plot is very similar to Warriors’ beginning. Also, my main characters have similar appearances with Warriors’ main characters. However, it’s the same beginning for characters with different identities in different environments, so my stories are still very different form Warriors’ stories.

    To make my stories better, more real and more vividly, I still continue to read more books and think about how to form images of emotions and feeling, form pictures of the city and natural world. I even carry these questions when I take a walk in my housing estate and the park nearby, search on the Internet for knowledge about wild plants and animals in Shanghai. It is true that if you want to create something big, you will certainly feel the lack of knowledge and the necessity to study more. But the most difficult part is writing about tragedies. Because if you want to write a story well, you must try to think and feel about your characters’ thoughts and emotions, and it can be awful, even fearsome enough to make you tremble when you write about something terrible like hurt, distrust and death. However, just like the real world, tragedy is undispensable, or it won’t be a realistic or whole beautiful story. At least, a good story can’t always be happy, but it can have a happy ending.

    Up to now, about two years after I begin to do this, I have already written to the third edition of my novel. Its name is Survival, as survival is the key in nature. Jack London writes about the wild and humanity, so I also try this. Less than a half of my chapters are published on Our Literature, as I write them long, and I can’t put too much of my own work on a public publication. I also update my chapters on the Internet, but it can’t be too attractive in a community with many stories while I have no strong relationship with its members. But at least, some of them start to appreciate it, and some people around me like parents, teachers and schoolmates also begin to appreciate it. It will take about two to four years to complete the whole series as I plan to write six or seven books.

    This year, a teacher asks me about whether I want to publish a collection of my works or not, and I decline him gently because if I will publish a book constructed of my own sentences and words, I hope it can be Survival. What’s more, Erin Hunter is a British writing group, so I need to discuss with them and ask for permit on copyright and publication, as I use a few settings of theirs at the beginning of the story, and I have to thank them for influencing me so much and inspiring me to write this, and complete it as one of my most honorable result in the future.

    2018/3/25

     

First of all: The story is a fiction. If you have seen anything similar, it can only be coincidence or some real-life stories where I get inspirations. Also, this is for the protection of lions in Africa.

    Just like her sisters, she is born in grassland, and like most of them, it happens on a fair sunny day of a wet season. The first feeling is the warm fur of mother, and then comes the milk, the sweetest thing in the world, the spring of life. Her eyes are still close, and this world is so new for her, but she feels all these, include another warmth from mother’s tongue, and even the sunshine.

    The first thing is always exciting, especially the first sight of a newborn kid. It is about two days later, and she sees all kinds of magic. Her mother is in yellowish-brown, just the same as the color of tall grasses around her. Nobody else is here, as she is the only one in this birth. By moving her legs, she tries to stand up, but fall down immediately. She sees encouragement in mother’s yellow eyes, and tries again. Finally, she stands proudly and makes the first step.

     

    Following her mother, she walks long distance per day. When they rest, her mother usually finds a hole to let her hide, sometimes on a rock, and sometimes on a fallen wood. Mother goes away every time, and returns in a short while with meat and blood. If she is too tired to walk, mother may lift her with teeth carefully, and she always fall asleep very soon when she shakes in mother’s mouth. They walk and walk, and she grows as the time passes until the other special day of her life. It is another surprise after the first sight, as she meets the pride of her mother, the group of her family.

     

    New brothers and sisters come with both joy and trouble. Elder ones always trick, and even bully young ones, and she is the youngest one. She begins to learn how to fight, and the extreme glory of triumph covers her heart as she pushes one of her brother down to the earth with all her four claws stand on him.

    She grows and grows, and becomes extraordinary strong after the second year. She can defeat any hyena and leopard, even be able to hunt an adult buffalo or giraffe alone. She is the most agile among the whole pride, who can climb up a tree and jump down beautifully. And she is still practicing, hunting, and becoming more excellent and gorgeous. However, there’s always a warning from father and elder lionesses: Don’t approach areas surrounded by standing wooden sticks, and don’t be close to the creature with two legs.

     

    However, curiosity of trying usually overcomes fear, especially for young ones. On one morning of the dry season, as she seeks prey hungrily and thirstily under the evil sun, an odor of chickens drifts from far away. She traces it carefully, step by step, and finally sees a huge wooden structure. Many chickens walk nearby in an area surrounded by wooden sticks. She always remembers the warning, but her belly complains, and something impulses inside her body. A rush of lighting happens, and the blood of one chicken splashes instantly. The others run away in panic, but not able to go through those wooden sticks. As she eats contentedly, a creature with two legs and a black long object on its upper limbs appears. Carrying the chicken, she lifts to run. With a sound of bolt, sand flies onto her, and she feels extremely frightened. The second sound is made, then there’s the great pain on her left hind leg. She wobbles for a second, drop the chicken, but not falls, and the greater fear makes her run faster, even ignore the bleeding. The bolt continues to roar, and sand flies onto her again and again. She runs and runs until the sound finally disappears.

     

    The wooden nests appear more and more. More and more two-leg creatures walk into grassland. Some of them even not walk. Instead, they sit on huge rattling thing which seems not like anything alive, but is able to move. They have strange furs with different colors, and many of them carry black long objects or long wooden sticks with double sharp edges. She realizes how lucky she is, as more and more of her family return with huge wounds and broken legs. Some of them bleed to death, some of them can’t hunt or catch up the pride, die in hunger and disease, and some of them even not return.

    One day, when she rests with the others, something suddenly bangs. She is waken, jumps up in panic, and runs away as fast as she can when she see one of her younger brother lies in blood with a hole on head. She runs far away, even after the sound disappears. She spends a night on a tree by herself, and returns on the next day. However, nothing answers her call except the silence.

     

    Things turn more and more horrible. There are shinning circles hidden in thick grass, which tightens if some animal gets any part of body in it. Sometimes there’s a carcass on the ground, a goat or a cow. She would never try to eat it, as she has seen that one lion struggles after doing this, and his legs stiffens at last, doesn’t move any more. She has almost no idea how this comes here, but at least, there’s always the odor of two-leg creatures. Less and less, she hardly meets any other lion. After a period, nobody appears in her view, but at least, there’s always sufficient prey. She has rare time to starve though it is hard to hunt alone. Without the pride, she can only wander by herself. No one protects her except herself.

     

    The most terrifying experience comes to her as she chases a wild chicken on a day of dry season. She is too hungry that she forgets something, and rushes into thick grass after it. She roars out as something cut into her neck, not only painful, but also let her feel hard to breathe. The chicken is very close, but she has no strength to chase anymore. With the last strength, she finds a place nearby to hide and lies down. Her minds fall into the darkness.

     

    When she wakes up, the pain increases as the circle cuts deeper. She tries to get rid of it, but not able to manage this with her claws. After trying and trying, her breath becomes more and more difficult. It is almost impossible to hunt as running takes more strength and air. In hunger and torment, her force flows away. To survive, she has to try to catch small slow animals like rats, though that’s far not enough, and swallowing always comes with agony. Be weaker and weaker, her life has never been so harsh. Every night she sleeps, she wonders whether the sun will rise again.

     

    It’s almost the end of life. She has little strength to struggle any more. By the time she falls, she thinks she will never stand again. It’s so missing, about the old life, about her strength, and her family. She dreams much, as her consciousness slowly faints.

     

    With no idea on how long she has been sleeping, the first feeling is the chill on neck. When she wakes up, the twilight has just appeared, and the circle is gone. Though the wound still hurts with a wet feeling, much more greatly, she feels relief.

    In the next few days, there’re always two-leg creatures around her. Although they have nothing on upper limbs, the old memory alarms. However, she is too weak to have extra strength to run away, so the only thing she manages is trying to ignore their existence.

    After the cure of the wound, the fur around the neck also grows back. Days of hunting restarts, and day by day, she regains her power and flexibility. She meets more two-leg creatures with empty limbs. Most of them just watch them, and some of them wave upper limbs before her. She understands none of these, but at least, she doesn’t fear them as much as before.

    Sometime later, she meets another lion. They stand and stare quietly, then rushes at the same time. When the fur of gold touches the mane of sunshine, the moment becomes eternal. No other great joy can compare to this after such a long time without seeing her own kind! As they mate, the new pride is born.

     

The sun still rises and sets. The wind still blows. The heart still beats. The rain still drops. The grass still grows. The lions still roars, and the queen stands on her land. On the land she loves most, the land she loses most, the land with danger and death, the land with family and friends. On the land she survives and lives, she would never be lonely again.
It is a copy from a note which I send out to a friend as some information about Chinese dragons.


Remember what I said about Chinese dragons? Well, I will introduce them to you now. Chinese dragons are a kind of god in China. The Yellow Emperor, the most ancient lord who unifies the whole Chinese land about five thousand years ago, uses dragon as his tribe's symbol, and that's why we Chinese people sometimes call ourselves as descendants of dragons.
In most myths of China, a dragon has a head like bear, a mouth like crocodile, a pair of horns like deer, a body like snake, four claws and legs like bird. Its scale armour is more similar to a fish's scale, but can be hard enough to resist most of weapons. It has no wing but is able to fly. A dragon can grow up to a extremely huge size like a mountain.
As they are gods, they have different levels. Dragons are responsible for managing all water bodies in China. Even a wter well has its own king of dragon. The supereme four dragons manage the four seas in four different directions around China, and they are also brothers. The East Dragon King is the eldest one who also owns the highest status. And as they manage water bodies, dragon kings are also responsible for managing local weather, especially for precipitation.
There's only one dragon in Chinese traditional myths who own a higher status than the four supereme dragon kings, Azure Dragon. He is the god of the whole east part of China, also one of only a few drogons who live in the heaven as stars. In Chinese culture, the east is the direction of lord so that the azure dragon can decide the emperor and the other governors's destiny. Every emperor must go to the Tai Mountain, the great mountain of east to perform a ceremony before he becomes a formal emperor who can sit at the center of this land. Because of this reason, Azure dragon is the second greatest guardians of China only next to the Yellow Emperor who guards the center of China and rules the other four guardians.
However, before dragons become gods, they must discipline themselves for hundreds and even thousands of years like the other gods and immortals. In this state, they live underground instead of water, as water bodies can only be possessed by dragons with immortal powers. 
A few immortals of China even raise dragons as their pets, and this means they have much greater force than normal immortals so that they can control dragons. Most of times, even the greatest immortal can possess no more than two dragons. Because dragons and immortals both have magic powers, those dragons usually become objects carried by their owners like a scissor, a blade or something else. Or, they can be contained within a a magic container as well. This is because their bodies are too huge so that they can not be outside like that all the time.
And, as they are gods and immortals, some of them can be evil. So, they are divided into two kinds, the good ones are called as "Lone", while the bad ones are called as "Jiao" (Just the pronunciation of two Chnese words. Don't mind too much.).
What's more, there are subspecies of dragons. A dragon is not born as a dragon, but one of its nine subspecies. Diffenrent subspecies of dragons manage different parts of people's daily traditons. Also, as I say in the former text, they need time to improve their power until they become a dragon.
The above is a summary of all I know about dragons in China. Hope it will be helpful to you, and looking forward to your new arts. Bravo and Allonsy for you, buddy!

A result of an assignment, also somthing about my life.
Hope  you like it. 

TOP 5 – THE FIRST PUBLISHED ARTICLE AND MY WRITING

    My first article was published on a literary magazine for primary students. I was in Grade Two. When Miss Shi announced and gave the remuneration to me, I felt extremely excited. It was a story about the game of hand shadow. I had never thought that it would be sent to an editorial department and appear on a publication! Miss Shi is always a kind and understanding teacher, also my first teacher. Today, when I think about this, I still feel grateful to her for sending out my homework articles.

    The remuneration was only ten yuan, but it meant much more than that to me. Before we moved to the present new flat, it had been pressed under the glassy plastic board of my old desk for many at least five years, as flat as a stamp, as important as an award. It didn’t improve my Mandarin Chinese much, but gave me initial pride on writing. Though I also dreamed about publishing articles and becoming a writer before this happened, but I certainly began to dream more about that kind of stuff after this.

    I usually felt tired about writing articles for homework and tests in primary and junior high schools, as I was always asked to write much, but rarely got a high mark. It seemed that I was not intelligent on writing in those days, and there was far less possibility to be a writer. However, because of the experience of my first publication, I have never lost the hope of making it. As long as I remember this, I will never ever give up.

    Read, read, and write. As I read more, think more, and practice more, I write better and better, broaden my mind and enrich my knowledge at the same time. I stick on writing, from childhood to adulthood. Finally, I enter the senior high school. Here, I have much less homework and much more free time than in my old Chinese ones. I read more, make plans on reading, record my emotion by words when I am spare, and keep a diary. Reading and writing become more and more indispensable, become a part of my daily life, and my soul.

    When I hand in my articles, I may not sure about my essays, but those stories are absolutely my pride. I focus on detail, put my own emotion into it, try to make every part natural and real to make the whole story realistic. I write fictions, but I use fictions to tell reality, tell my life. More and more, my confidence grows. The importance of writing also does. If reading a new book is exploring a new world, then writing a story is creating a new world. There can’t be anything more exciting than this for me in the world. So, I try my best to build my worlds brilliantly.

    Nowadays, I can’t stop writing every day, just like I can’t stop having foods every day. However, there’s one thing I always remember, and will never ever forget: my first published Hand-shadow article in primary school, my first confidence and pride on writing, the seed of this progress all the time.

     

     

TOP 4 – GETTING THE OFFER FROM IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON

    In fact, the most favorite school for me is the University of Cambridge. First, I want to go to Britain so that I can have chance to experience the culture of Europe. What’s more, Cambridge is the cradle of Science in western countries. Also, it is famous for its study on Biology, my best subject! Before I choose my applications for Britain, I first search on the Internet, find Top Five universities on Biology in Britain except King’s College London, as it is similar to UCL, but less good than it. So, finally, on the application list, there are the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, University College London, the University of Edinburg, and the University of Manchester.

    I apply very hurriedly. It’s the beginning of Grade 12, Semester One, September! The deadline of applying for Cambridge is October 15th in British time. Applications for all British schools must be submitted at the same time, and I must find teachers as my referee and help me on editing my personal statement. All the above universities except Manchester are in Top Twenty of the world’s universities, and Cambridge is in Top Five! So, if I’m not careful enough and try my best, I won’t stand any chance.

    By using spare time, and editing again and again by my Biology teacher and myself, I complete my PS., and update it on UCAS. Then, my referee teacher also completes her help. On my personal statement, I write about my will to study in England on Biology, promote to environmental protection, and my two greatest hobbies, reading and writing, and the one next to them, running. Also, I mentions about my achievement on founding the magazine of Chinese Literature Club.

    Anxiously, I’m waiting for answers. Cambridge is my favorite one, but also the most unlikely one, as it almost can be a school for genius. However, as I fancy it so much, I still make a try. However, the thing makes me worry is that I may not even get one of these famous schools. Before being declined by Cambridge, Edinburg gives out its offer, and that makes me relieve a little. However, Toronto’s Biology is QS Top 13, much better than Edinburg’s QS Top 25, so it can’t be a strong reason to let me study in Britain. Only Cambridge is better on Biology than Toronto, but I’m declined by it. I even think I may not go to Britain if I get an offer from the latter.

    However, the life is always full of turns. When I get my second conditional offer, it surprises the whole senior high school. It’s Imperial College London, which is in Top Ten of the world’s universities! The message is gotten on the morning, then, almost every teacher I meet asks me about this when the afternoon comes. I even feel shocked and embarrassed about this speed. ICL is QS Top 19 on Biology, Top 7 on average, and one of the most ancient schools in western science history. This one is competitive to Toronto, and I regain my confidence. At least, it increases my possibility to transfer to Cambridge in the second academic year.

    So, at last, compare to my original expectation, it’s a failure, but also a great success. I become the most shining one of my school in a period of time, and the most important thing is, I try my best on it, and I will continue to try like fighting.

     

     

TOP 3 – THE RESULT OF TWO YEARS’ DAILY EXERCISE

    Imperial College London just gives me a conditional offer, so it is still something unsure. Then, here’s something sure, as I really grow much stronger after two years’ exercises.

    Talking about why I start exercising, I feel a little ashamed because I used to be the weakest one among all students in this school. In Grade Ten students, I should be someone intelligent, but absolutely not strong enough. In the first semester, it doesn’t seem to matter much. However, when spring comes, flu also awakes. I get fever at the beginning of the second semester, and apply for a whole week’s off! It’s so annoying that I miss so many lessons, and my DPA is directly lowered as a result of lacking in participation! Moreover, one or two days after returning, I fall fever again, and then, there’s the third time for this process! I apply for one week’s off continuously in one month for three times! That’s too awful, annoying and terrible! How shaming this is!

    My dream job is to be a photographer of natural documentaries. Then, if just staying at school can put me into this fever-fever-fever situation, how can I survive in the wild? Hence, I start my journey of physical exercises.

    At first, I do kicks and punches. Both of them are easy, and I can do these any time when I am spare. In addition, I change my way to go up stairs. Instead of one stair for each step, I make three every time. After a period of time, I step four every time. Exercises not only increase my strength, but also improve my flexibility. As the time flows, punches and kicks change to something harder, push-ups, sit-ups, squats and running, then burpees and more running. I enjoy soaking in sweat, running under rain, sunshine, and the feel of wind. All of these are so cool and awesome! And everything is so different!

    Good sleep, proper diet, and striving on exercises is equal to excellent health and growth. In the past, I was the shortest child in my family, but now, I’m the tallest one. I can even run in rainy and windy days. I can run no matter it is hot or cold. I used to get bad cold very often, and need about a month to cure, but now, I rarely get one, and it usually takes me no more than one week to turn life back to normal. The only disadvantage is that I’m easy to feel hungry, and I can’t grow more muscle even I eat much.

    Being easy to feel hungry is inconvenient, but still, my body’s quality can be outstanding among all the students. I’m not the strongest one or the fastest one. However, nobody can compete with me on endurance in this school. What’s more, here’s no second student who can wear T-shirt in winter, and get rid of air-conditioner in summer, as I have much more resistance to temperature change. I’m still continuing to try to become stronger, faster, and more flexible. This is, and will always be one of my greatest prides. I believe I will be like a leopard one day in the future. Being both strong and intelligent, I will be close to perfection.

 

 

TOP 2 – LAUNCHING A SCHOOL LITERARY MAGAZINE

    As I say formerly, I’m extremely interested in writing. As a spare student writer, I’m always looking forward to finding more people like me, share our works, and become friends. However, in an international school, creative writing in English is still a challenge for most of students, and Chinese writing is overlooked by many of us, as just getting used to the English environment is hurrying yet. Even making a Chinese speech in spare time can be reluctant for many of us. However, I think it’s necessary to practice reading and writing in Chinese, as someone loses mother language in mother country is not able to study a second language.

    So, in this condition, I must figure out a way to gather more student-youth-writer like me, and activate and encourage schoolmates’ interest on writing. After reading A Message to Garcia, I produce an idea: If the author of A Message to Garcia starts his business by publishing his own articles on his own magazine, then, I can do this as well.

    When step goes into Grade Eleven, I make a plan about founding a new club for the first literary magazine for our school, and this informal publication is only for young people and students like us. After applying and talking about my ideas, Miss Zhu, guiding teacher of Chinese Literature Club decides to cooperate with me. Instead of founding a new club, I enter an old important club as a new member, be ready to start something amazing.

    First, I design an A4 poster for collecting writing works. On this advertisement, I says that even a note with one or two sentences is acceptable. Let’s make a guess about what happens next. I get ten articles in the first month? No! Absolutely not! There’s not even a character for me! So, the beginning falls into dilemma, and it lasts from October to November.

    At the end of November, I can’t sit anymore. If there’s no writing from someone else, then I will use my own writing. Though I have worried about the others’ opinions on me, but I still make up my mind on this. This is the first step. No matter what will happen, it creates possibility for something new. And to my surprise, it achieves a huge success, as almost every member of the Chinese Literature Club appreciates my work. “Literature is the bird of thoughts, flies with wings of emotion.” This is what I type on the cover page of the First Edition, November 2016 of Our Literature, the literary magazine for youth and students.

    After the launching of the First Edition, members of our club begin to send articles to me, and a Grade Ten student becomes my partner. Then, after about one year’s hard work, our achievement is rewarded as Excellent Studying Result by our school, and more editors join us when I enter Grade Twelve.

    When I apply for universities, I write this experience on my personal statement, and I’m very sure it’s one of those reasons which make me get a conditional offer from ICL more quickly than all my schoolmates. This is not only my personal achievement, but also an interesting story, a new history of our school. I hope I can see Our Literature becomes a formal publication before my graduation. If that’s too soon for it, I believe I will see that later. This is one of my greatest wishes in present days.

     

 

TOP 1 – WRITING MY OWN NOVEL, SURVIVAL

    Writing! Once again, we talk about writing! Long time ago, about before entering secondary school, I had already thought about writing stories for many times. However, forming a complete storyline is not easy. So, it had been delaying for a very long time until I restart reading Warriors, a British novel series about wild cats written by Erin Hunter.

    I used to read Warriors before, and then, I buy more books of this series after I am in junior high school, and finish reading most of them. It takes me a long time, as it is hard to squeeze time if you study in a Chinese junior high school, especially in Grade Nine. From this point, entering an international senior high school gives me more time on this activity. Also, I can spend more time writing something I like, instead of just writing for homework.

    By complete reading four series of Warriors in Chinese, Jack London’s Call of The Wild and White Fang in English, I get more familiar with animal novels. Reading more world-famous books like Mysterious Island and Gulliver’s Travels promote to my apprehension on literature as well. More important thing is, spending more time writing in spare time and keeping a diary improve my writing skills and ability to create stories. You design characters and background, and let the plot flow by itself.

    The only pity is that I don’t figure out a pure original beginning by myself. At the beginning of the story, the plot is very similar to Warriors’ beginning. Also, my main characters have similar appearances with Warriors’ main characters. However, it’s the same beginning for characters with different identities in different environments, so my stories are still very different form Warriors’ stories.

    To make my stories better, more real and more vividly, I still continue to read more books and think about how to form images of emotions and feeling, form pictures of the city and natural world. I even carry these questions when I take a walk in my housing estate and the park nearby, search on the Internet for knowledge about wild plants and animals in Shanghai. It is true that if you want to create something big, you will certainly feel the lack of knowledge and the necessity to study more. But the most difficult part is writing about tragedies. Because if you want to write a story well, you must try to think and feel about your characters’ thoughts and emotions, and it can be awful, even fearsome enough to make you tremble when you write about something terrible like hurt, distrust and death. However, just like the real world, tragedy is undispensable, or it won’t be a realistic or whole beautiful story. At least, a good story can’t always be happy, but it can have a happy ending.

    Up to now, about two years after I begin to do this, I have already written to the third edition of my novel. Its name is Survival, as survival is the key in nature. Jack London writes about the wild and humanity, so I also try this. Less than a half of my chapters are published on Our Literature, as I write them long, and I can’t put too much of my own work on a public publication. I also update my chapters on the Internet, but it can’t be too attractive in a community with many stories while I have no strong relationship with its members. But at least, some of them start to appreciate it, and some people around me like parents, teachers and schoolmates also begin to appreciate it. It will take about two to four years to complete the whole series as I plan to write six or seven books.

    This year, a teacher asks me about whether I want to publish a collection of my works or not, and I decline him gently because if I will publish a book constructed of my own sentences and words, I hope it can be Survival. What’s more, Erin Hunter is a British writing group, so I need to discuss with them and ask for permit on copyright and publication, as I use a few settings of theirs at the beginning of the story, and I have to thank them for influencing me so much and inspiring me to write this, and complete it as one of my most honorable result in the future.

    2018/3/25

     

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