Directions： For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write an essay commenting on one of the most popular sentences online,“REMEMBER...always act like you're wearing an invisible crown.” You can cite examples to illustrate your point. You should write at least 120 words but no more than 180 words.
The Importance of Self-confidence
One of the most popular sentences online states that “REMEMBER...always act like you're wearing an invisible crown.” What the saying indicates is the importance of self-confidence, an attitude that we should take toward our life.
Here are two main reasons why we should be confident. First, to be confident is the foundation of individual success. In reality, to achieve even the smallest goal, or to take on daily duties and responsibilities, we have to have self-confidence. For example, when we go for a job interview, if our body language gives any sign of uncertainty, the interviewer may pick up on that and give the opportunity to someone else. Second, a confident man is less likely to feel fearful or angry on misfortunes. The more confident we are, the less disappointed we will feel upon being rejected.
In conclusion, self-confidence will enable us to persevere when we are suffering setbacks, while lack of confidence will definitely have negative effects on our social relationships, career prospects, and moods.
Directions： For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write an essay commenting on the remark “Necessity is the mother of invention.” You can cite examples to illustrate your point. You should write at least 120 words but no more than 180 words.
Necessity Is the Mother of Invention
A saying goes that necessity is the mother of invention and I cannot agree more. Every significant invention in the world, from the ancient time to the modern period, is the result of needs. The reasons why I say so are as follows.
First and foremost, needs are the primary impetus behind any invention. For example, paper, one of the four great inventions of ancient China, was invented to meet the growing demands of materials for writing upon. Besides, the inventions that satisfy people's needs are full of vitality. Being created for fun, an invention may cause novelty and curiosity for a period, but it cannot last long and people will forget it soon. What's more, needs get inventions constantly improved and upgraded. We can learn it from the evolution of cell phones and computers, both of which are ceaselessly upgraded with the development of modern society.
In short, necessity inspires men's creativity and encourages continuous improvement and inventions with practical use should be based on practical necessity.
Directions： For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write an essay commenting on the remark “Never give up.” You can cite examples to illustrate your point. You should write at least 120 words but no more than 180 words.
Never Give Up
As the saying goes, “Never give up.” What it implies is that in order to achieve our goals, we should never give up, even when we are in adversity.
Actually, human history abounds with examples to prove this saying. Here I can think of no better illustration of the proverb than the stories of some famous people, such as the story of the famous scientist Edison, who argued that genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration. As we all know, Edison invented the light bulb. Persistence plays the most important role in his success. Contrary to the popular belief, he didn't “invent” the light bulb, but rather discovered the right filament after a long-term try and thousands of experiments. Afterwards, he spent one and a half years inventing an incandescent lamp with a filament of carbonized sewing thread burning for thirteen and a half hours.
In conclusion, I think we should always keep the three words “Never Give Up” in mind, and try our best to pursue our dreams.
Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write an essay concerning how to deal with disappointment by referring to the saying “Positive reactions to the disappointment lead to a better life.” You can give examples to illustrate your point. You should write at least 150 words but no more than 200 words.
How to Deal with Disappointment
When it comes to dealing with disappointment, there are two totally different reactions: a negative one and a positive one. The aspiring idea goes to the latter as positive reactions to the disappointment lead to a better life. I can't agree with it any more.
When facing depression, many people are very likely to complain instead of trying to dig out the reasons behind it. On the contrary, if they react positively towards disappointment, they will learn how to struggle against adversity. This isn't a piece of cake, but it's the only effective way to handle the inevitable part of life. In the movie Forrest Gump, the hero Forrest Gump has a hard time in childhood. The majority of people tease him about his low intelligence and disabled feet, while his mother, a proud single woman, believes in Forrest and wants her son to live a normal life. Only by holding that belief, Forrest Gump, though disabled, lives a fabulous life and gives us a profound insight.
All in all, disappointment is like a storm in a sunny day. It is obvious that the weather is in the hand of the nature not us. As heavy wind blows and dark clouds gather, we know the storm is coming. Having no time to complain, we need to find the nearest shelter for it. Do you remember the rainbow after the rain? Just take an optimistic attitude towards disappointment because life is always like this.
Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a short essay entitled Follow Your Own Course by commenting on the remark “Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice.” You can cite examples to illustrate your point. You should write at least 150 words but no more than 200 words.
Follow Your Own Course
Great Italian poet Dante once said, “Follow your own course, and let people talk.” What we can learn from this motto is that whatever we do, we must follow our own heart rather than let the noise of others' opinions drown out our own inner voice.
In our life, more often than not, each of us has to make various choices. Whatever decision we make, we should bear the principle in mind that the decision is made on the basis of our own will. College students, for example, have to make a hard and crucial decision upon job-hunting after graduation. Between a rewarding job that we have no interest and a favorite job with lower pay, our parents and friends may advise us to choose the former one, insisting that when there is a high salary we will have passion to do the work. However, that passion is transient and will disappear quickly. Conversely, for the things we are interested in, we'll try our best to do them well and work more smoothly.
For all of us, no one can live our lives except ourselves. Therefore, I arrive at the conclusion that the most important thing in our life is to follow our own heart and do what we really enjoy.
Direction: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a short essay entitled The Value of Reading by commenting on the remark “Reading Makes a Full Man.” You should write at least 150 words but no more than 200 words.
The Value of Reading
Some people often say that gold and silver are the most valuable things in the world. However, I have my reservations. In my submission, reading is more valuable than anything else. It's well known that books are the quintessence of human wisdom. Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. There are many famous sayings about reading throughout the history such as “Reading makes a full man.” Indeed, the importance of reading can never be too much stressed.
It cannot be denied that reading books increases our knowledge, widens our sight, enriches our experience, strengthens our character and leads us to success. Furthermore, reading books makes us a better person and helps us find the meaning of life. That's why people always say “Book is the stepping stone to human progress.”
One is never too old to learn. No matter at what time we realize the importance of reading, we can enjoy it during the rest of our life and finally we'll see that it is rewarding. After forming the habit of reading, we find it easier to absorb new knowledge that will make our life a more colourful one.