On a weekend day in July,my daughter Julia sat there after dinner enjoying watching the BBC documentary“Planet Earth”,so I asked her if she would like to see the movie'Lion King'the next day.I was quite sure that my suggestion would make her happy,because Julia has fostered great passion for watching Natural Science documentaries since she encountered with the BBC's'Earth Flight'two years ago.The African grassland presented by'Lion King'has been one of her favorites.However,Julia answered that she did not intend to go.'I have to sit there all the way to finish the whole film and I don’t feel comfortable about that,'she said.'Besides,the screen is too big and the sound is too loud.It might be a bit frightening to me.I think it's better to watch the movie at home.We can go to the cinema together when I grow a bit older.'
Julia is less than five years old.Her reasons are so obvious,but I just ignored them.My“maturity”makes me think that going to the cinema is obviously an up-class choice compared to sitting at home watching TV.When we were young,our consideration of all problems seemed to come from one simple criterion:Is this choice suitable for me?This essential factor of making a choice begins to fade out,or even die away,in the adult world.Is it because we can think more realistically?Or is it because we have developed a standard pattern of thinking when facing a choice?Or more,have we been taught so long to“fit in”any place that we give up the right and ability to choose?
我们一直鼓励诺美的孩子们为自己的dream school奋斗，可是我很遗憾地发现，绝大多数孩子的dream school是完全按照USNEWS排名来的。选校时，不需要了解学校的课程、文化、甚至地理位置，排名上的一个数字就足够了。无法真的找到未来学校和自己的契合点，就无法真实地感受到梦想的动力，缺乏梦想的奋斗往往显得苍白。
We have always encouraged our students to study hard for their dream schools,but I regret to find that the majority of our students choose their dream schools entirely based on the USNEWS rankings.When selecting potential schools,they don't care about the curriculum,the culture,or even geographical location.
Why Cornell?Why Colombia?Why New York University?When applying to colleges,you are most likely to answer the'why to choose us'questions in addition to your main essay.When selecting schools,will you turn to search for your real interest in these schools?By doing search,you need to find out a college that is really suitable to you.