挑戰自己的極限

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蔡幸臻中譯    培德女中  十一年級 

經驗,是造就人們性格的根本基石。我們的學習,也因曾有的經歷而改變。除此之外,為了要讓自己變得更有韌性,我們必須踏出自己的舒適地帶,接受不同的挑戰。上個禮拜天,我們學校由五個人組成的一支隊伍前往參加ANCCS所主辦的文化常識比賽。身為ABC 的我,中文程度和中文常識很有限,要加入這個比賽,對我來說有相當的難度。可是,在老師及朋友不斷的鼓勵下,我還是決定挑戰自己的極限。

我們有五個同學一同參與:蔣仁淙、林于安、胡月琦、劉嘉璿和我,在三月開始了一連串的培訓。這個期間,感覺很漫長。除了盡力地吸收中國文化常識外,團隊也面臨了很多考驗,像是原本的指導老師因為私人因素必須要離開,因此有兩個禮拜進度落後。還好有一位法師馬上接手,每天加強上課及訓練,及替我們做心理建設,我們才又趕上了進度。訓練期間,有很多次,我差點放棄,因為我失去信心,也害怕這些努力最後會隨著失敗而付諸流水。可是,老師和同學們都在那一段時間很有耐心地鼓勵我,他們對我的付出和鼓勵成了我堅持下去的動力。我知道我必須要努力,因為他們相信我一定可以做到,而我也應該要相信我自己。一個多月以來,每天跟著老師不斷的學習,加上我們之間互相練習,還有和男校的兩次模擬賽後,終於要正式上場了,也是發揮所學,驗收成果的時候了。

四月二十九號的清晨,老師和一些家長們開車帶著我們到聖荷西參加文化常識比賽。沿途老師也不斷的安撫我們緊張不安的情緒,她不斷的強調,輸贏不是重點,過程最重要。還說不論結果如何,比賽完就帶我們到餐廳慶祝我們完成了階段性的學習,及慰勞我們這陣子的辛苦和犧牲。老實說,那時我真的很緊張,我很怕會拖累整個團體,更怕會讓那些一路支持我的人失望。因為焦慮,第一場筆試的結果不如預期中的好。但搶答時,我們居然闖過了複賽,晉級到決賽。

決賽的競爭是非常激烈的,就算是站在人群中,我也能感受到隊伍之間較勁的感覺以及對勝利的渴望。接近搶答尾聲時,我們的隊員不小心提前按鈴。在不知道號碼的情況下,隊友很冷靜的猜對了答案的號碼,真是非常的幸運及驚險。也因如此,形成了我們與另一隊平手的局面,得到了可以角逐第二名的機會。最後加一題PK,另一組答對了,成了第二名,我們得第三名。

比賽那天是我人生中最快樂也最難忘的日子之一。不只是因為我們贏了第三名,而是我們辛苦的付出終於有了收穫。對我來說,我覺得很滿足,因為我們幾個ABC完成了一項很艱難的任務。這種要歷經辛苦才有收穫的感覺對我來說很陌生,因為通常我只要稍微讀一下書就可以考很好。這也是我的導師鼓勵我要堅持,不要放棄的最主要的原因之一。她希望我的人生中,有這種經過勤奮努力才嚐到甜美果實的體驗。將來若遇到難題,我可以藉由這次的成功經驗給自己信心,提醒自己天下無難事,只怕有心人。當然,這次的文化常識比賽,我也想起自己有好久沒有卯盡全力朝著目標邁進了。隊員們一起堅持、互助合作的精神令我感到驕傲。

除此之外,這次能得名,有絕大部分是因為老師、家長、以及朋友們在賽程中的支持,有很多同學甚至到了比賽現場替我們加油。如果沒有他們,結果可能有所不同。因此我想要在這裡特別感謝那些默默幫助我們的同學,謝謝你們鼓舞我們的士氣、幫我們測驗,也教我們一些比賽竅門。感謝老師一直陪著我們,給我們機會成長,教我們比賽需要的知識,還辛苦的陪我們到最後。還有,感謝家長們,供給我們所須的一切、花時間載我們及給予無限的支持。最後我想要感恩我的隊員們,謝謝你們讓我堅持下去,讓我了解到辛勤耕耘後收成的果實是甜美的。因為有很多人的付出才會有這次的成果。謝謝你們,讓我終於有勇氣成功的踏出自己的舒適地帶,完成了一項全新的挑戰。

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By Tracy Chen  DVGS 10th Grade 

Experiences are the building blocks to our character; we react, learn, and change from what we undergo and encounter. Nonetheless, in order to change or strengthen ourselves, we often have to step out of our comfort zone and engage in the unimaginable. Last Sunday, a group of five girls from our school, including me, competed in ANCCS’s annual Chinese Culture Competition. Considering my Chinese’s mediocrity as an ABC and my limited knowledge of Chinese Culture, participating in this type of competition was inconceivable and appeared far beyond my competence.  However, due to persistent encouragement from friends and teachers, I eventually decided to join the competition and challenge my abilities and limits.

Our team of five: Dian, Jasmine, Julie, Tiffany, and me, started preparing for the competition in March. From then on, we had to study relentlessly in order to absorb all the necessary information for the competition. Group morale shifted up and down as we tried to adjust to changes, such as our original teacher having to leave and thus we fell behind schedule for two weeks.  Fortunately, another teacher took over and reinforce the training every day with good advice. Multiple times, I considered giving up; I would lose my inner-faith and feel that I was dedicating all those study hours to a lost cause. However, the fact my teachers and friends were always there to support me and endow help and encouragement gave me reasons to continue and work hard. After about a month of studying and a few mock competitions among ourselves and with the Boys’ School, it was time for us to compete and make all the preparation worthwhile.

The morning of April 29, some parents, teachers, and our team drove down toSan Josefor the Chinese Culture Competition. The teachers kept reassuring us that winning is not the most important thing, it is the process that counts.  Even if we did not win, she would take us to feast at a restaurant for dinner in return for our hard work and sacrifice as well as celebrating our reaching of a milestone in our learning. To be honest, I was extremely nervous, for I was scared of letting down my team and the people who had unremittingly supported me throughout. The first round of the competition was a writing exam, where, due to my anxiety, I did not do as well as I knew I could have. My team, however, was undeterred by the test results and we passed the second round of the competition, entering the final round.

The final round of the competition was intense. Even from the crowd, I could feel the tension between the different teams and their lust to win. Near the end of the final round, the addition of one extra question to the final round was what boosted our team to third place. Even though we pressed the buzzer too early to hear the correct answer choice, my team mate made a lucky guess and we ended up tied with another school for second place. Additional question was added to determine who wins the second and third.  The judges quickly read off another question, but the other team answered first, so we secured third place.

The day of the competition was one of the happiest days of my life. Not only did we, as a team, succeed in placing third, it felt as if all our hard work finally paid off. Personally, I finally felt satisfied, as if I had finally accomplished something difficult but good out of my abilities. This type of hard-earned success seemed so foreign and unfamiliar to me.  In the past, I only need to apply some effort to get a good test results. Hard-earned success is an experience my core teacher wants me to have in life and this is why she strongly encouraged me to persist my efforts so that I can truly understand “If there is a will, there is a way.”  This competition also made me finally realize how long it had been since the last time I put in all my efforts towards achieving a goal. I am especially proud of my team members, how we have sustained and supported each other throughout the events of the past month.

However, our success has a lot to do with teachers, parents, and students who have supported us throughout the entire process of preparing for and entering the competition. To the many, many students who have put their faith in us, helped us study, and gave us the boost we needed, thank you so much. Thank you teachers for spending countless hours giving us this opportunity, teaching us the competition information, helping us prepare to compete, giving us immeasurable encouragement throughout, and accompanying us to the competition. Also, thanks to the parents who have responded to our every need: helping us learn, giving us rides, and most of all, supporting us. Last, but not least, I want to thank my teammates, who forced me not to give up and gave me the feeling of hard-earned success. If it was not for the relentless efforts of so many people, we would not have made it this far. Thank you all for giving me this opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and challenge the unimaginable.