How to Realize Your True Potential
Every human being, regardless of race, sex, or any other characteristic, e has the incredible capacity to realize their potential. 1 ． , there are several steps you can make on your path to this realization.
Determine your core values.In order to realize your full potential, you must know and live according to your core values. 2 ． .Studies suggest that you will find your life more meaningful, and feel a deeper sense of happiness, if you live a life that is in line with what's the most important to you.
3 ． Once you have a good idea of your core values and what areas of your life could be, take some time to decide your true potential.Is it personal improvement? More success in your career?
Be patient and kind to yourself 4 ． More importantly, it will take self-compassion.Acknowledge your strengths and skills as well as the areas in which you need to grow.Honor the efforts you make each day toward realizing your true potential.
Find areas that do not agree with your values.If you don't feel like you're living up to your true potential, it could be because parts of your life are currently not up to your core values. 5 ． .
A ． If you take it for granted.
B ． Though it will be no easy task.
C ． Decide what your true potential looks like.
D ． Determine whether you have set up your final goals.
E.Achieving your true potential will take time and effort.
F.So see whether these are areas in which you like to change.
G.These are the things that shape how you view yourself, others, and the world around you.
Applying to university can seem very challenging. There’s so much to do! But really, getting your application in is just a series of stages: do the research, narrow down your university choices, write the applications, and then play the waiting game. Then come the final decisions. 1 ． .
Choosing your university
2 ． . This depends on many factors, including entry requirements, funding and financial factors, subjects and courses available and many more. But such factors often have to come second to important considerations about visa requirements and funding opportunities. And when it comes to entry requirements, it is generally worth applying to a range of institutions so you have at least one back-up choice, just in case.
Once you have narrowed down your options, the real work starts.
Writing university applications is very different for different universities. Some colleges often expect extensive personal essays, which are designed to reveal much more than just your learning skills. Some are more formal and structured around school achievements, motivation and extracurricular activities. 4 ． . Admissions teachers can always tell.
5 ． . For some universities there will be interviews at the second stage of the application process, but if not, you’ll have to sit tight until decisions are announced.
When the entire above are sorted, the only thing left is to stock up on stationery ( 文具 ), review any reading lists and prepare for the next adventure.
A ． Preparing for university interviews
B ． Writing your university application
C ． Once you have hit the big red button on all your applications, the waiting game begins
D ． For those looking to study at university, the following is essential guide to your applications
E.Make sure you adapt your application for each university, rather than copying and pasting each section
F.Researching the options available to you is an essential start to your university application process
G.Visiting universities in which you are interested can help you understand more about whether it is the right fit for you
Look at the map of Spain and point at the center. You've located the country's capital and one of Europe's most beautiful cities: Madrid. This popular destination is considered a city of contrasts with its abundant historic sites, resting in the shadows of modern skyscrapers.
This city of over 3 million people is proud of Western Europe's largest royal palace, and some consider it to be Madrid's most beautiful building.
Inside the Royal Palace 2,800 rooms are decorated in glory with museum-quality furniture and artworks. Tourists can tour 50 of these large and splendid rooms.
The Internationally respected Prado Museum is the largest and most impressive art gallery in Spain. Opened in 1819, it is filled with works of art that feature the world's most comprehensive collection of Spanish paintings.
Madrid has some of Europe's best shopping, and potential buyers love to look through the stores looking for bargains. But for 500 years, shoppers have gathered to an extremely large outdoor flea market known as the Rastro where they find everything from antiques to CDs.
No trip to Madrid is complete without seeing a performance of Spain's famous art form, flamenco. Every day, flamenco performers sing, dance or play the guitar in small cafes and grand theaters alike.
Madrid has a wide variety of restaurants, but because the Spanish typically eat late at about 9 or 10 p.m., it's difficult to find good dinner food earlier. If you get hungry before then, the best solution is to try a tapas bar where light snacks are served. Be sure to try the jamon, a kind of dry-cured ham: Spain is famous for it.
1 ． What do we know about the Royal Palace in Madrid?
A ． It has 50 rooms for visit.
B ． It can hold 2, 800 people.
C ． It's been visited by 3 million people.
D ． It is thought to be the largest in Europe.
2 ． What kind of market is “the Rastro” ？
A ． For discount.
B ． For artworks.
C ． To sell various goods.
D ． To sell antiques and CDs.
3 ． What is a must when travelling in Madrid?
A ． Having dinner earlier.
B ． Enjoying flamenco.
C ． Visiting Prado Museum.
D ． Drinking in a tapas bar.
Singapore’s tradition of eating out in places called hawker centers is now recognized by the United Nations for its cultural importance.
A hawker is a person who sells food or goods and advertises by shouting at people walking by on the street. Hawkers are an important part of Singaporean culture. Open-air eating areas where hawkers sell their goods are very popular. Famous chefs, such as Anthony Bourdain and Gordon Ramsay have praised them.
On Wednesday, the United Nations, cultural agency, UNESCO, added the city’s “hawker culture,” to its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Singapore sought to have hawker culture added to the list about two years ago. Now that it has been recognized, Singapore must provide a report every six years to UNESCO. The report must show efforts the city-state has made to save and support its hawker culture.
“These centers serve as ‘community dining rooms’, where people from diverse backgrounds gather and share the experience of dining over breakfast, lunch and dinner,” UNESCO said.
In the 1970s, Singapore cleaned up its streets so the city moved street hawkers to new eating centers. These areas were part of an effort to improve the island. Now, the centers offer many different low-cost meals for local people and provide a pleasing social setting. The 2018 film Crazy Rich Asians showed its stars enjoying meals at a famous night market. Some sellers even received Michelin stars from a famous restaurant rating system for their meals costing only a few dollars.
But, now the average age of a hawker in Singapore is 60 years old. Younger Singaporeans now want to work in offices. They are less interested in working in small restaurants. The COVID-19 health crisis also hurt sales, preventing foreign visitors and locals from eating out.
1 ． What do we know about hawkers from paragraph 2?
A ． They sell goods in the open-air area.
B ． They are famous chefs.
C ． They are Singapore natives.
D ． They are popular all over the world.
2 ． Why is hawker culture added to UNESCO’s list?
A ． For the efforts Singapore has made.
B ． For its importance in showing Singapore’s culture.
C ． For the report Singapore provided.
D ． For the recommendation by UNESCO.
3 ． Why is the film Crazy Rich Asians mentioned?
A ． To advertise the film.
B ． To introduce the stars.
C ． To show the popularity of hawker centers.
D ． To help the sellers receive Michelin stars.
4 ． What is the last paragraph mainly about?
A ． The difficulties hawker culture are facing.
B ． The average age of hawkers.
C ． The effect caused by COVID-19.
D ． The future of the hawker culture.
“Don’t tell anyone”. We hear these words when someone tells a secret to us. But it can be hard to keep a secret. We often tend to “ spill the beans ”, even if we regret it later.
According to Asim Shah, professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, US, keeping a secret may well “become a burden”. This is because people often have an “obsessive and anxious urge to share it with someone”.
An earlier study, led by Anita E. Kelly, a scientist at the University of Notre Dame, US, suggested that keeping a secret could cause stress. People entrusted ( 受委托的 ) with secrets can suffer from depression, anxiety, and body aches, reported the Daily Mail.
But with secrets so often getting out, why do people share them at all?Shah explained that people often feel that it will help them keep a person as a friend. Another reason people share secrets is guilt over keeping it from someone close to them. A sense of distrust can develop when people who are close do not share it with each other. “Keeping or sharing secrets often puts people in a position of either gaining or losing the trust of someone,” according to Shah.
He added that talkative people could let secrets slip out ( 泄露 ). But this doesn’t mean that it is a good idea only to share secrets with quiet people. A quiet person may be someone who keeps everything inside. To tell such a person a secret may cause them stress, and make them talk about the secret.
Shah said that to judge whether to tell someone a secret, you’d better put yourself in their position. Think about how you would feel to be told that you mustn’t give the information away. Shah also recommended that if you accidentally give up someone’s secret you should come clean about it. Let the person know that their secret isn’t so secret anymore.
1 ． What does underlined words “spill the beans” mean?
A ． Cut up beans. B ． Burst into laughter.
C ． Let out the secret. D ． Keep the words.
2 ． What did researchers at the University of Notre Dame discover about secret-keeping?
A ． It can help promote friendships between people. B ． It can result in mental and physical problems.
C ． It can result in a sense of distrust between friends. D ． It can harm relationships between friends.
3 ． What is the main message of Paragraph 5?
A ． It’s not a good idea to share your secrets with others.
B ． It’s better to share your secrets with quiet people.
C ． Quiet people suffer less stress from keeping secrets.
D ． Talkative people are unlikely to keep secrets.
4 ． What does Shah suggest people do if they give away someone’s secret by accident?
A ． Buy the person a gift as an apology.
B ． Stay away from the person.
C ． Exchange a new secret with the person.
D ． Tell the affected person what happened.
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