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Learning What You Love in High School 留學世界頂大 從樂在學習開始

IS is authorized by the College Board to provide AP (Advanced Placement) courses. The following article is from the official College Board website. 

VIS 為美國大學理事會(College Board)正式認證學校,經授權可開授AP課程。以下文章出自於美國大學理事會 College Board 官網,提供中文翻譯給學生家長參考。

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Learning What You Love in High School
留學世界頂大 從樂在學習開始

High school is the perfect time to explore your talents and hobbies to find out what you really enjoy doing.

Learning What You Love in High School
留學世界頂大 從樂在學習開始

Here’s something no one tells you about your high school education: You’re the one in control. You’re in charge of what you do and how well you do it. It’s up to you whether you treat high school as something imposed on you─something to simply trudge through─or as a time to figure out what you love and want to do with your life.
可能從來都沒人跟你說過:讀高中時,你是有絕對掌控權的。你可以掌握想做的事情、也可以發揮所長。要把高中三年的學習當作是強加在你身上的事情 (然後渾渾噩噩度過) 或是當作一個可以探索興趣跟未來職涯的時期,全都取決在你自己。

Here’s another secret: When you’re doing something you love, it doesn’t feel like work. What can you do now, while you’re young, to find out what you’re passionate about?

How to Find Out What Your Passions Are in High School

Being an enthusiastic learner or having enthusiasm for learning doesn’t mean gluing yourself to your school textbooks. It means a lifetime of developing your talents and feeding your curiosity about the things you love. That can be anything from music to math and physics to painting and sports. Your options are endless.

But what if you aren’t sure what you're very interested in? With college admissions right around the corner and high school drawing to an end, you may be worried that you haven’t found that spark that leads you down your ideal career path. This is something everyone will experience at some point in their lives. Here are some things to do right now to guide yourself an education you’re enthusiastic about:
不過要是你對自己的興趣不那麼確定、該怎麼辦?留學海外、申請大學 (
college admissions)的計畫刻不容緩、高中生活也即將結束,你可能會擔心自己還沒找到那可以引領你邁向理想職涯的火花。這種過程每個人的一生中都曾有過,要找到你熱切想要學習的大學環境,不妨參考以下建議:

Write Down All the Things That Make You Happy.

As in so many situations, writing down your thoughts─just for yourself─is a good way to start. Think about the things you love to do. Be specific about what it is you love about something and what your role is in it.

Here are a few examples:

  • You’re passionate about music, specifically about composing original music.
  • You’re passionate about sports, specifically about coaching others.
  • You’re passionate about computers, specifically about coding video games.
  • You’re passionate about writing, specifically reporting on the news.

Once you have a list of things you’re enthusiastic about, think about your personality and how you prefer doing things. Answer questions like these:

  • Do I prefer to give a speech or write a speech?
  • Would I rather be an actor or a director?
  • Would I rather listen to music or play music?
  • Do I plan out everything before I take on a project or dive right in?
  • Am I outgoing or introspective?
  • Would I rather think up something new or improve upon something that already exists?
  • Do I prefer to be a leader or a team member?

Write down your answers and any other thoughts you have about your personality and interests. Then list the classes you’re taking now or have taken recently. Try to make connections between your notes about yourself and your classes. Which classes cover subjects or teach skills that relate to the things you love? Have any of these classes helped you recognize an interest you didn’t know you had?

You can also list your talents. Are you good at math? Can you sing or act? Are you able to teach yourself computer languages? A list of your skills and talents may help you discover a career path. This list may also help you with choosing the rest of your high school classes and improving your study skills.

Work Backward From Your Future Vision.

Envision yourself in the future. Five years, 10 years, even 20 years from now. In your ideal world, what are you doing? When answering this question, don’t limit yourself. Answer with your heart: If you could be doing anything in the future, what would it be?

Let’s say, for example, that in your ideal future, you are a marine biologist who is authoring groundbreaking research papers. How did you get there? What classes did you take in college? What internships did you get? How did you build relationships with your professors, mentors, and peers to get these opportunities?

The best thing about doing this is that you don’t need concrete answers to these questions right away, just ideas. You’ll have plenty of opportunities in college to explore majors and experiment with taking classes that pique your interest.

Plan Ahead Based on These Insights.

Now that you have some ideas for what you're enthusiastic about, what your role is in these interests, and a road map for getting to a future where your passion is your career, let’s work our way back to the present day.

Take a Fresh Approach to Your Work in High School.

See if you can approach homework in a way that allows you to explore your interests and spark your passion for learning about what you love. For instance, if you love art, you may be able to choose a topic for a history paper that investigates the connection between the art movements and key political events of a particular time period.

Try New Things.

If you’re open to stepping outside your comfort zone, you’ll find yourself meeting new people, going places you never imagined, and discovering skills and talents you didn’t think you had.

New opportunities can come to you in many ways. You can:

  • Register for a challenging class.
  • Join clubs and extracurricular activities.
  • Try out for a play or a team.
  • Say “yes” to a teacher, employer, or mentor who suggests a special project.
  • Make a new friend who expands your perspective.

The next time someone approaches you with a new opportunity, don’t say “no” right away, even if it seems boring or hard. Think about it. Ask yourself questions like these:

  • What will I learn from this?
  • What kinds of people will I meet?
  • Where can it take me?
  • Am I afraid to do this? If so, why?

Ask for Help.

Your counselor, principal, and teachers can help you figure out how to make the most of your high school experience. Try asking these questions:

  • Does our school offer elective classes that may interest me?
  • Are there school clubs related to my interests? If not, how do I start one?
  • Can I take an interest inventory? (This test shows you careers that match your interests.)

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If you would like to discuss college options further, please make an appointment with our college counselor Ms. Rosalyn Shih ( to find out more.

如果VIS同學們想進一步討論如何選擇海外的大學,請與VIS的升學顧問 Miss Rosalyn Shih ( ) 預約晤談以了解更多資訊。