At the end of March, we started to prepare the final check of the project we working on from 2017 to 2018. Later, several students including me were asked to re-build the whole platform in the customer’s machines. The whole process executed in a very slow speed, and after finishing this re-construction, actually the summer vocation was coming. For usual students, this vocation was the time to practice their technical abilities in companies, but for me, as the plan I’ve made, I need to prepare for the PhD application, so those days, I almost used the SWW (small wood worm), a specific application about scientific research, everyday, in which has many advertisement about PhD. At the same time, I found the news about the China Scholarship Council, which had a most important impression for me. After that, I realized that I need to have an English score at first, e.g., IELTS or TOLFE, if I apply for the CSC program. So, an extremely hot and hardworking summer vocation was coming. [ ↓ ]

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On July 23th, I took my first English lesson in the IELTS training institution. Every morning, I need to spend about one hour to go across several district to arrive the classroom due to the location of my university. What’s more, last summer, the whole Shenyang was in a really high temperature, which gave me a deep impression that I need to change the clothes every day. We eight guys spent about twenty days together to study for the IELTS, during which, there were four teachers teach us reading, listening, speaking and writing respectively. This training let me learn more about IELTS, though the first test after that was failed. [ ↓ ]

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About this test happened on October 20th, I‘ve to say that the nervousness indeed made a negative impact for me, especially when I attended the speaking test. I almost couldn’t fluently speak a complete sentence when I first sat in front of the examiner, which, of course, was the first time for me to talk with the real foreigner. So that it was no surprising that the score of my first speaking test was just 4.5, which was a quiet low score for examinees. Besides, the score of other parts of the test were not good as well, e.g. the listening score was just 5.5, which normally, I need to get 6.5 to reach my target. If I have to find a key reason for this failure, I would say that my preparation was obviously not enough. Also, the failure taught me a lesson that, no pain no gain. [ ↓ ]

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Time came to the second half of the year, new semester was approaching, and I told my whole plan about PhD to my supervisor, which was a quiet difficult task for me. But, surprisingly, my supervisor showed a fully encouragement to my idea. It seems that people with high-level knowledge always reach the same view. After that, I returned back to the classroom to prepare the IELTS test again. When others prepared their graduated thesis, I spent almost whole time to learn English and contact with foreign supervisor. During this time, I always suffer from the sense of lonely: trying to imagine that everyone was working with a specific target except yourself, worse, you didn’t know what would happen in the future. What a complex feeling! I spent the last two month of last year with this terrible feeling. [ ↓ ]

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