Directions：For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a short essay about your favorite motto. You should state the reasons and write at least 120 words but no more than 180 words.
My Favorite Motto
My favorite motto is “God helps those who help themselves” and it always brings me courage when I face obstacles in my life. The reasons why I love this motto are listed below.
For one thing, you are the master of your own fate. You can rely on nobody but yourself when you are in difficulties. That does not mean family and friends don’t matter, but self-reliance is the basic principle of our survival in society. For another, chance favors the prepared mind. There is a hard-striving story behind every successful man. Thus, have faith in your own ideas, stick to what you believe in and try every effort to make it. That’s how a great man is made.
God cannot be present everywhere. You are your own “God”. No matter what situation you are in, never give up. There will be a miracle when you believe in yourself and put your efforts.
Directions：For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write an essay to express your views on how to get happiness. You should write at least 120 words but no more than 180 words.
Happiness Is an Attitude
As the saying goes, the secret to happiness is learning how to enjoy being miserable. I cannot agree more.
In my eyes, happiness is an attitude. If you are lucky to have a happy life, please cherish it and feel grateful, otherwise happiness will definitely be far away from you. If you are miserable, you should even more hold a positive attitude, because that’s the case for the most journey of our life. As the old Chinese saying goes, “Take pleasure in hardship”, which just extols such an optimistic attitude. Having learned to enjoy the miseries, you can definitely be a happy man.
To be brief, in order to get happiness, you have to learn how to enjoy your life, no matter it is a fairy tale or a nightmare.
Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a letter to invite one of your friends to your house-warming party. You should write at least 120 words but no more than 180 words.
Dear Li Fang,
We haven’t seen each other for several months. I’d like to share a piece of good news with you. Last week I moved into a new apartment. The decoration was designed and partly done by myself. I’m so happy with the new apartment that I decide to hold a party to celebrate this Saturday. I hope you can come if you are available. My address is No. 46, London Street.
I will show you each room of the apartment and I am eager to hear your comments and suggestions. After that, I would treat you to dinner in a restaurant in the neighborhood. If you are available, please tell me what time you could come here. If you can’t come, please let me know as well.
I am looking forward to your coming.
Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a letter to college freshmen to express your views on how to maintain psychological health. You should write at least 120 words but no more than 180 words.
As a college freshman, struggling to adapt yourself to college life, you must be confused about a lot of problems. On behalf of the Psychological Counseling Center, I would like to make several suggestions concerning psychological health to you.
First and foremost, keep a keen interest in learning. An outstanding performance in your schoolwork will boost your confidence, thus allowing you to be immune from negative moods or thoughts to a great degree. Secondly, be on good terms with your roommates and communicate with your family members more. Studies show that people with strong family or social connections are psychologically healthier than those who lack a support network. Last but not least, engage in regular exercise. Taking care of yourself physically can improve your mental health. Be sure to eat nutritious meals, drink plenty of water and get enough sleep and exercise, which help decrease depression and improve moods.
I hope these suggestions will be of help to you, and please feel free to contact the Psychological Counseling Center for any further question.
Directions：For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a short essay entitled The Importance of Perseverance by commenting on the famous saying “Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.” You should write at least 120 words but no more than 180 words.
The Importance of Perseverance
As the famous saying goes, great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance. From the saying, we can learn that perseverance is one of the essential qualities that enable people to make great achievements.
Many famous people in history have attributed their achievements to perseverance. For instance, American author Helen Keller lost her sight and hearing after contracting an illness when she was only two years old, but her perseverance ultimately made her one of America’s greatest writers. Beethoven also lost his hearing. Nevertheless, he never gave up and his perseverance was finally rewarded with many admired works.
As college students, we should learn to cultivate perseverance as it is a positive attitude toward life and is of great benefit to our future development. We should always keep in mind that strength is the king of the body but perseverance rules human souls.
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