神人救救我!申請大學的英文自傳到底要怎麼準備?

神人救救我!申請大學的英文自傳到底要怎麼準備?

經過一個漫長的寒假,學測成績終於出爐啦!拿到成績歡天喜地(唉聲嘆氣)過後,接下來最為重要的就是志願選填以及備審資料(portfolio)的預備囉~

而對於外語相關科系有興趣的同學大多會遇到這個問題:備審資料中的英文自傳該怎麼寫呢?用自我介紹的方式嗎?(想當初小編也是一頭霧水…

今天這篇文章特別針對需要寫英文自傳卻又不知該從何下手的同學們,只要掌握這幾大重點,相信你一定能完成一篇讓評審嘴角上揚(至少不皺眉XD)的英文自傳!

千萬要記得,自傳內容要呈現兩個特點才算成功,一是清楚描述出自己的才能和專長,二是讓主考官可以知道自己為何要參加該系甄選,所以時刻緊扣這兩個主題,保持一頁A4的篇幅(拜託不要寫論文!)就一定不NG啦~

  1. What would you like your reader to know about you?
  2. How can you convey your earnestness and knowledge?

 


1. 家庭背景、人格特質 Personal Background: Origin and family, personality etc.

英文自傳中個人基本狀況的描述,簡單說明個人成長環境、家庭成員、個性等等;家庭背景切忌過分論述,如果因家人職業是你想報名這科系、或家庭氣氛對你有特殊影響可適時帶入段落中,聚焦於你最想呈現、影響最深的主題。

範例:

I am _____, a third-year senior high school student. I am seventeen-year-old. I am from a well-to-do family. I am the eldest child of three. My father and mother run a trading company; my younger sister is in junior high school and our baby brother goes to elementary school. Since I am the eldest child, it makes me an independent, responsible and mature person. →由家中排行老大切入性格獨立負責的描述是有說服力的!

2. 嗜好、興趣和才能 Hobbies, Interests and Talents

如果休閒嗜好與攻讀的科系若無關,英文自傳格式中只需點出自己懂得生活調劑,不是無聊的書呆子即可。但若與該科系密切相關,則須明確表達,會是很加分的項目。

範例:

In my spare time, I like to do anything relating to English such as listening to English songs, watching English movies or TV programs, or even attending the activities held by some English clubs or institutes. I used to go abroad for a short- term English study. During that time, I learned a lot of daily life English and saw a lot of different things. →從這段範例中提及多達五次的English可知他是真的非常喜歡各種英文相關的事物,是結合興趣與所學的標準範例!

 

3. 求學經歷、課外活動 School Life: Study and Extracurricular Activities

求學過程中自己在校所學所訓練的專業能力,並且提供自己特殊成就或優異表現的例子,強調你在學習過程中所體會的學習精神、獲得的學習成就。沒有特別特殊經歷的人,則可談特別難忘的學習經驗或者特別喜愛的科目,強調自己認真投入,一點一滴的經驗,都在為將來的人生作準備。另外也有打工或社團活動經驗者,可說明這過程中的收穫,藉此展現自己待人處世的成熟度

範例:

I treasure my school life very much.  Though I am not a top student in terms of school grades, I am good at many fields and consider myself a devoted and enthusiastic learner.  Among the school subjects, I love English best and surely do pretty well in English learning.  I participated in several English speech and composition contests and won very good prizes.   Also, I have been active in school camps, including those held by universities, and different kinds of workshops.  I believe that extracurricular activities provide valuable opportunities for me to accumulate knowledge and broaden my horizon.  I learn important interpersonal skills from these special experiences as well.→這裡最容易離題,切記不要一口氣把自己求學過程中大小事全寫上去(當XX課小老師或者XX股長這種就不必寫了),教授只關心從你的經歷中看出對該科系的興趣、能力、特質與熱忱!

I was the president of social service club. Because of this position, I learned many things, such as leadership skills, organizing group activities and designing posters and cards.  Also, I have learned how to cooperate with fellow students. I consider myself responsible in performing my duties, and I am always happy to be able to help others.  To sum up, I really enjoy my senior high school life.

4. 未來目標 Future Plans: Expectations and Aspirations

為什麼要就讀該科系?讀完大學有何計畫?大學所選的科系如何協助你實現生涯之夢?自我生涯期許等個人在短期以及長期的生涯發展規劃,都需要在英文自傳中加以說明。

範例:

If I could study in XXX University , I would make every effort to study about the courses of literature, translation and teaching skills of English to root my good ability of listening, speaking, reading and writing. After graduation, I would like to be a good English teacher or an outstanding translator. In addition, I hope to study further to improve myself on end. I believe that teaching and learning promote and enhance each other, so I would inform myself of the news and the trends of the age at any moment to offer my students the best, rapidest latest, and most correct information. →在預備這個部份時,建議同學們先上該校系的網址參考其必修及選修課程,才能夠言之有物、說服教授你就是就讀該科系的最佳人選!


同學們現在是否對於英文自傳更有頭緒了呢?今天這篇文章希望能夠給正在準備備審資料的各位帶來幫助,也祝福同學們都順利申請上心目中的第一志願喔♥


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