1. Share with us your unforgettable experience before or during the Gaokao.
2. Do you miss your high-school years, or take part in the class reunion now?
3. DIY one topic as you like, but do stick to the theme.
Gaokao, as one essential part of our education system, is dreadful to those seniors, but expected by them at the same time. As we all know, Gaokao is often called the dark before the dawn. As long as you can pass the college entrance examination with a high score, then you’ll enjoy a nearly two months’ holiday in a pleasant mood. But if you fail the exam, you will have to bear both the inner pressure of self-accusation and the outer pressure from your families. Luckily, I belonged to the former. What’s more, my deskmate and I enrolled in the same department of the same university in Nanjing. After graduation, I went back to my hometown while she chose to stay in Nanjing. Until now, our friendship has lasted for nearly 10 years, and it will bind us tighter in the rest of my life.
Today is the 25th anniversary of a huge event and a dark day which we cannot talk about, so we talk about Gaokao. Gaokao is the extension of the imperial examination which was abolished in late Qing Dynasty. During the turmoil of the proletarian Culture Revolution, Gaokao was also abandoned. Reinstated in 1978, it indeed changed the fate of a great many people. Now, the criticism for the rigid institution of Gaokao has intensified again. But we could not find a replacement for it. It is the fairest system for education in China which has an enormous number of young men to participate in and try to enroll in college. Of course, Gaokao is not the only way to change one’s destiny, but it is still an important one.