Where there is TOEIC, there is a dream
I just graduated from law school in Chicago in this May. Lots of things brought me here, Chicago and TOEIC is part of them. I decided to share my own TOEIC story, without hesitation, right after seeing the notice of this writing competition online. Taking the TOEIC test in August, 2012 and winning the “TOEIC Got Talents” competition in December, 2012 is quite an unforgettable experience, which impressed my life a lot. Retrospectively, preparing for TOEIC, getting high score of 980, working hard with teammates in TOEIC Got Talents to get votes as many as possible, and finally winning the first prize is a tough and tiring process. However, it is definitely worthy and meaningful. TOEIC is not just a test, it is more about spirit, the spirit that you never ever give up when you are faced with difficulties and frustrations, and faith, the faith that you can succeed when you are determined to put yourself fully into something. Now I cannot wait to share my TOEIC story with all of you. Here we go!
In the summer 2012, I just graduated and got the bachelor’s degree in Chongqing. I was in my summer vacation before heading to Shanghai to pursue my graduate study, majoring in International Law. I would like to say that my major is law, but I am always focused on things related corporations and business. I guess that is why I worked hard to pass Business English Certificate Higher test during college study; it also makes sense that I decided to take TOEIC test right after getting to know it from friends. TOEIC is short for the Test of English for International Communications, which is developed by U.S.-based Educational Testing Service and is designed to measure daily English ability in the international working context. Thus, it is quite a perfect test for English as a foreign language in daily life, and as an effective communication tool in world business. I sensed that it was definitely what I want and absolutely an awesome challenge. Preparation for a test is never ever an easy task, which takes your time, consumes your energy, and costs your money. What is more, you really need to have a clear picture of the whole test, such as the features that the test embraces, the strategy that suits both the test and yourself, and the detailed plan that is practical and workable for yourself in the process of preparation. During the preparation, I learnt that TOEIC is a tense test, which requires test-takers’ full attention and prompt reaction. As the old saying goes, practice makes perfect. Going through much practice and improving yourself from the practice each time can never be overemphasized. During the preparation, I also learnt that TOEIC is a challenging test, which tests not only your business English ability but also your self-confidence and persistence as a promising competitor in the harsh business world. Facing frustrations and disappointments is not unusual in this process, which every test-taker must be well prepared for. I still remembered that I answered every question in a hurry and tried my best to keep calm during the whole test in the heated summer. With the belief that man propose, god disposes, I totally got relaxed after the test and prayed for high score. I got the mixed feelings after knowing that I got the score 980: I felt surprisingly happy, 980, which is absolutely near full scores; I really appreciated my parents for their support and understanding, as well as myself for sparing every effort on this test. Is this all about my amazing TOEIC story? Absolutely not! Getting high score is just the beginning on the way to get the first prize in TOEIC Got Talents. Actually, the high average score just gave our team the entrance ticket to the fierce competition.
Getting high average test score is not an easy thing, especially for our team, three girls who were totally strangers before and studied in different cities in China. Speaking of the second crucial process, winning votes online as many as possible, is just a bigger challenge in front of us. We contacted all of our relatives and friends to get votes from them. I have to admit that we went through highs and lows during the lasting 3 months. There was a time that we believed we could get the highest votes and win the award; there was also a time that we almost gave up since there was no big increase in out votes. What encouraged me is the support from my teammates, my parents, and my friends; what motivated me is the award that could financially support my dream of studying abroad. There was an echo lingering around me at that time: I must get the award because I want to study overseas and I need it! Fortunately, with help and support from our relative, friends, and others, we were lucky enough to win the first prize in the competition. It is hard to believe that, after working together as a team for almost half one year, it was our first time to meet each other when we were in the awarding ceremony held in Beijing in December, 2012, isn’t it? We made it, finally! I do appreciate this opportunity from TOEIC.
Then I left China in last August and headed to Chicago to pursue my study, with the knowledge I learnt from preparing TOEIC and the experience I gained from taking TOIEC. TOEIC helped me with my study here a lot. I took courses related to business, such as Business Corporations, U.S. Contracts, Bankruptcy, and Antitrust. I made full use of the things I learnt from TOEIC, as a business test and as a language test. TOEIC motivated me with my life here a lot. I became more self-confident and brave when facing difficulties and frustrations in Chicago, which owes to my TOEIC experience.
I do appreciate that TOEIC appeared on my way to realize my dream, which was a U turn in my life. I do believe all TOEIC test-takers have their own dreams. Now I am on my way back to China and continue my life in China. I am a little nervous, but more excited about this new turn in my life. I cannot say that I am fully prepared for the fierce job hunting, but I am sure that I will be more confident with the TOEIC experience that I have gone through.