By Yao Weiwei, Zhou Min, Liu Qiuling, Tang Junfu, Wang Lu and Sherry
After September, many universities are exposed to the craziness for the postgraduate entrance exams. It is not uncommon that many students get up very early, queuing up outside of the school library just for a seat. What’s more, various kinds of booklets about different training courses for ‘Kaoyan’ can be seen in every corner of our university. All these phenomena are the vivid minor of the crazy.
We’ve interviewed two seniors who are now busy in preparing for the coming post-graduate examinations in December. When asked about their original intentions, they both mentioned to do a better job. They choose to learn by themselves in the classrooms or libraries rather than go to training courses. When asked if they are lonely, they said ‘No!’ swiftly. They are both accompanied by their classmates or roommates, from which we can see the enthusiasm of the students for taking the exams. One of them wants to study finance and the other prefers economics, both of which are hot fields that most students tend to choose. They seem to be confident, not that nervous as we’ve thought. They both believe that taking the post-graduate exams means the competence of persistence. “If you insist on, you’ll succeed. If you give up easily, you’ll never taste the fruits of victory!”
As far as I am concerned, the candidates of postgraduate examination every year are all strong-minded guys with great persistence and determination. For one thing, confronted with huge pressures from both peers and society, they have to distinguish themselves to get the admission ticket, which is a really challenging task. They have to study from day to night, being absorbed into the books and materials. This is to make sure there is 100% success because it would waste much time, energy and money to start over again. For another, in such a competitive society with the ever-increasing rate of unemployment, they have no choice but to go into further education as a back up. It is of great importance for some companies. The crazy for postgraduate exam has been a common phenomenon in China, although somebody failed at last while someone succeeded, it would not weaken the passion of students who want to get a decent job and pursue a bright future. Every year, here they come!
As we all know, pursuing for postgraduates has became hotter and hotter nowadays. More and more people put their eyes on this issue. Different people have different views about it. Some people think it is great, because postgraduate education is a kind of elite education. The phenomenon means that the level of our country’s education is increasing. However, others stand on the opposite. They hold the idea that many people pursue for postgraduates just want to gain a higher diploma to find a good job in the future. It loses the meaning of the education. Besides, companies focus on diplomas rather than abilities. It is so sad! As the seniors we interviewed say, there are so many undergraduates. They just want to improve and make themselves more competitive than others, not because they love their majors or enthusiasm to learn. All in all, it is good for our society’s development in many experts’ eyes.
Now that the crazy for “Kaoyan” will not be gone in the short term, universities should try to take action to solve the problems arousing from “Kaoyan”, including seats being occupied and studying overtime and so on.
The universities should provide more support and be of convenience to those students who are determined to join the army of “Kaoyan”. To provide more classrooms for students to study in which seems to be a wise choice for the future. In this way, these students don’t have to worry about if their seats are occupied by others the next morning. Once each student has their own fixed seat, they don’t have to make efforts to occupy seats nor queue up in front of the library in the early morning.
On the other hand, the government should try to make the “Kaoyan” return to a kind of rational education. To begin with, we need to dilute the value of a piece of diploma and establish a progressive system based on people’s ability, merits and quality. Secondly, the government should reform the graduate students’ enrollment, cultivation, and management system.
Last but not least, here are some suggestions to these students who determine to join the crazy army of “Kaoyan”. Firstly, the one who wants to take part in the postgraduate entrance exams should have a good grade in their early study. They should prepare for it at the very beginning. You know, a good base is very important, it can help them a lot when they are senior students. Secondly, everyone should not take it too hard. And we should treat it as usual minds. Then, we will make success easier. Thirdly, if we do have many courses to make up, I suggest that we can take a training course, which can give you a powerful instruction, and a correct direction. Half the work, with double results!
This kind of “crazy” seems to be ridiculous but it is exactly a common response to the fierce employment market. Not all university students are positive to this. But students who take part in the postgraduate entrance exam are confident to themselves to achieve success. In addition, this exam is bound to cost much, including your time, energy and so on. Therefore, whether to take part in “Kaoyan” is still a question about which we have to think twice before taking the exam.