Today marks the annual 2-day gaokao (the national college entrance examination), a great event for Chinese families, as it is the only way to get into college. About 9.4 million students sit the examination this year. The 2-day examination, which draws nationwide attention, is also a test of life for these students.
Even Stephen William Hawking also posted his encouragement on Weibo, China's Twitter:
"As many of you prepare to take the National Higher Education Entrance Examination, I want to wish you, the next generation of scientific minds, success in your academic endeavors. This culmination of your hard work marks just the beginning of your very bright futures."
"Growing up, my parents placed a high value on education and I am grateful for the limitless opportunities provided by my studies. Whether you aim to be a doctor, teacher, scientist, musician, engineer, or a writer — be fearless in the pursuit of your aspirations. You are the next generation of big thinkers and thought leaders that will shape the future for generations to come. "- SH
在我成长的过程中，我的父母一直很重视教育。我很庆幸这一路来学习给我带来得无数的机会。无论你励志成为一名医生、老师、科学家、音乐人、工程师或是作家 —— 请勇往直前地追逐你的梦想。你们是下一代的大思想家和意见领袖；未来将因你们而生。– SH
The message has gone viral immediately. Lots of Chinese net users on Weibo were fully moved and inspired. Has Hawking's encouragement brought the students good luck? Is gaokao scores everything? All roads lead to Rome, good results in gaokao is just one of millions of ways to success. Here are some funny jokes about gaokao.
[Utopian Style] I have a dream that there are only 5 cloze tests on each examination paper: school name, subject, class, name, student ID (20 scores for each).
[Chillaxin Style] Never mind. The gaokao only determines the place where you play dota or dress up.
[Maxim style] For those students admitted into the universities, you should build a good relationship with those who failed the examination, so that you can get employed someday in their companies.
For those students admitted into the key universities, you should keep frequent contact with those into the second-tier universities, as they will become the government leaders of your hometown.
For those students admitted into the second-tier universities, you should be friendly with those junior college students, as they will be your children's teachers.
And it's also important to have a good relationship with those who joined the army, as they are to-be traffic police, policemen or chengguan (city management official).
For the rich second-generation, you should maintain good relationships with pretty girls in your class, as they will probably become your stepmothers.
[Conclusion] Good luck to all gaokao takers! After four years, you will realize that your efforts today make no sense at all, the educational level will not change your fate. Instead, the factors that do change your fate are what your parents are (they must be rich or government officials), your features (you must be handsome or beautiful), and whether the government is planning to demolish the village where you are from (you will definitely become a millionnaire overnight!!!)
Joking aside! Hope the gaokao takers perform well in the exams and get admitted into their dream universities.
高考(gāo kǎo): China's national college entrance examination
试卷(shì juàn): examination paper
金榜题名(jīn bǎng tí míng): to pass an exam; succeed in the government examination
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