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SOP 3個必掌握重點! part 2/3 (內有範文)

歡迎回到SOP 3個必掌握重點part 2!!




2. Turn your weaknesses into strengths

你沒看錯!就是要在SOP裡分享你的不完美、弱點。那你可能會覺得很疑惑:這樣學校不會直接拒絕我嗎?對學校來說,不是愈完美的人愈好嗎?


跟台灣不一樣的事,在美國的價值觀裡很強調「本色」、「真實性」。美國人比較容易相信願意坦白分享自己弱點的人。每個人都知道沒有任何人是完美的,所以有高度「自覺能力」和「謙虛態度」能夠發現和分享自己弱點的人才會讓美國人覺得勇氣可嘉。分享弱點時他們完全不覺得丟臉,而是讓他們的心更強壯。


但是也不要把所有的弱點都列出來給學校看!(哈!)要用智慧和判斷力來看待你的每個失敗經驗。先回想你在每個失敗經驗中學到了什麼?要注意的是:在一個考試上或像大學入學考試失敗不算是真正的失敗。我們這裡討論的不是單次的考試失敗,而像是在工作上負責很大的project,最後讓老闆失望。或,你擔任團隊的成果報者,卻報告地很糟。或,你在某個實習中發現你迫不急待想要離開,因為你的能力很不夠。或,你某次已經花很多時間精力唸物理、微積分、英文,但是還是不懂!!!


你如何在這些處境中應對?我們大多數在面對自己的弱點時,第一反應就是想要掩蓋、裝沒事,這樣才不會在別人面前丟臉。你的研究所申請文件就是分享弱點的最佳選擇。以下是我自己的例子,讓大家參考:

我在大學時有一段時間一直搞不懂入門語言學這科。我從來沒學過,甚至在上這堂課前也沒聽過。我在第一個考試拿到超低分,每次寫功課都頭很痛,但我的同學們看起來都讀得很輕鬆。不過,課堂其實已經教了很多不同的主題,我想要學更多課堂以外教的東西,就是一直沒多餘的時間探索,像是文法、自然發音、語義學、形態學,我真的非常有熱情和好奇心。所以即使我的分數很低,我還是加了語言學為雙主修。


這強迫我在課堂上問問題。每個禮拜都去找教授討論、找其他學生討論我不了解的唸。在困難中堅持倒底(我的腦其實蠻文組的,要了解科學不容易!)迫使我仔細檢視我的邏輯、從錯誤的研究中學習。在泥沼中翻滾,我對教育愈來愈有興趣。當我聽見同學們不懂文法時,我終於可以幫忙解釋文法的規則給他們聽!我很感謝這個困難,我更深入的理解語言、也更容易預測我自己或學生的學習生會遇到的問題。


In my own case, there was a season when I was struggling in a university introductory class for Linguistics. I had never learned about it, didn’t even know what it was before entering the classroom. I got a low score on my first exam, and struggled on every homework assignment, even while everyone else seemed to do so well. However, I couldn’t get enough of this class content. We covered so many topics I wanted to learn more about, but didn’t have time to explore. Grammar, phonetics, semantics, and morphology; I was so curious and passionate about this class that despite my embarrassingly low scores, I added Linguistics as my second major in college.
This forced me to ask questions in class when I didn’t understand. I sought professors during Office Hour sessions every week, and discussed topics with other students to get a better grasp on slippery concepts. Persevering through difficult, scientific lessons (for my English-major brain) forced me to closely examine different kinds of logic, learn through mistakes in research, and work through challenges I couldn’t naturally understand. Through the struggle, I became more interested in education. I could hear classmates struggling to learn English, and I could finally help explain the grammar rules they wrestled with! Thanks to this struggle, I was grateful for the deeper understanding of languages, and training to anticipate my problems and students’ questions before they appear.

在寫SOP時可以考慮這些問題:

  • 你有哪些失敗經驗?你從中學到了什麼?(堅持不放際、主動積極、自律、團隊合作、溝通、設計、執行、時間管理等等)

  • 哪一個血淋淋的例子最能呈現你的弱點,同時也說明你的強項?不一定要跟工作有關,不過跟工作或實習經驗有關比較好。

  • 你現在如何努力在弱點上成長?

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作者-

Cate Shubat

Private Tutor at Thrive English Language Center


譯者-

Rachel Tu

Director of Thrive English Language Center

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