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This post was edited by desperado123 at 2014-6-3 17:07|
It's still clear and vivid even it happened about 15 years ago. I can remember it was a humid, hot and grey day. With a borrowed umbrella, I walked 20 minutes to a bus station and then arrived at a shabby hotel after one-hour travel. Ironically, I can't remember anything about the exam itslef. A deep relax came to me after the 3-day fighting and I told myself "there would be a longer vacation."
In retrospect, gaokao did great effect on me and the fellow with same age. Once you get access to college, you will live a totally different live especially for us, those live in countryside and had no much choice but to work as farmer or migrant worker. Nonetheless, many of mine buddies who didn't attend the college education now live a comfortable life as they get the ticket of the train of urbanization. Many of them can earn 10k-20k each year from managing a decoration group which serve as painter or decorators for the new apartments. Of course, personally, I also feel grateful to gaokao as it has changed my destiny and got me chance to live a life of my choice.
However, our society has changed a lot, so did gaokao. Chinese young students have more choices other than gaokao. Many of those in first-tier cities have give up the so-called make-or-break competition. They focus their eyes on the world-leading presigious universities like Yale, Princeton, Berkeley, Cambridge and Oxford. Besides, you can get succeed via other ways and more and more people and parents have realize that. Last, job-seeking challenge hold true for both college gradutes and their applicants.
Anyway, guess everyone has different gaokao story and generally it's unforgettable during your living time.