Posts made in November 2010

我為什麼要唸大學 By 潘政琮

這個星期我想要與大家分享我對大學的一些想法.一年前,大部分的朋友以及一些大學教練都不知道我有想要念大學的計畫,因為他們覺得我所成長的文化背景比較傾向在我念完高中後就轉入職業.大體來說,他們說的是對的.在我生長的地方,高爾夫青少年選手並不了解教育的重要性.而我也曾經是其中的一員.然而這幾年,我漸漸了解,上大學對我來說有非常大的幫助.

四年前,我並不認為念大學是我未來的選項.在我唸國中的時候,一年內我大概只去學校半年,因為我當時是國家隊,時常代表國家外出比賽.當時,我認為自己將來會成為職業高爾夫選手,而這是我人生唯一的選擇.為了追求這個目標,我幾乎放棄了我的學業,只為了能夠投注百分之百的心力在高爾夫球上.

然而之後發生了一些事情,這些想法漸漸的有了一些改變.我遇到了一位長輩,之後這位長輩成了我最重要的指導者,我的老師.他的一些想法對我來說變的非常重要.他告訴我,”人生包含了很多事情,而高爾夫只是其中之一”. “受教育能夠幫助我探索這生命中所有其他的事情”.這個簡單的想法完全改變了我對人生的看法.在我人生中的前14年,我所擁有的只是高爾夫.在球場上,我成就了很多事情,但在球場之外,我幾乎都是失敗的.我並不想在我年紀更長以後再經歷這樣的感覺.

老師的另一個想法對我也有非常大的影響.”他要我在成為一個好選手之前,先成為一個好的公民.”一個好的選手會是一個公眾人物.他的一舉一動都在聚光燈下,是眾人注目的焦點.因此,成為一個好的公民是成為一個好選手的踏板,是必經之路.大學能夠幫助我發展許多成為好公民的重要元素.在學習的過程裡,我們學習如何與人們溝通,如何解決問題與如何分析,做出比較好的決定.

我決定寫這個部落格的原因是因為我認為這是一個好方法讓我透過文章學習溝通並且分享我的經驗給可能受益的人們.在看文章的你可能無法想像,其實在我寫這個部落格的過程中遭遇了非常多的困難.時常,我很難清楚的表達我的想法,或是,我必須花很長很長的時間完成大家花幾分鐘就看完的一篇文章.我努力的希望我能成為一個更好的溝通者.我希望有一天寫作對我來說會是一個比較簡單的過程.對即將過生日的我來說,這是我今年的第一個生日願望,順帶提到,我剛剛已經簽下了我的大學意向書給華盛頓大學了!

Junior diary: Ready for the next step

This week I want to share my thoughts about college with all of you. One year ago, most of my friends and some coaches did not know that I planned to go to college because they thought that my culture encouraged turning professional. They were generally right. Where I was born, young junior golfers do not see the importance of education. I used to be one of them; however, in recent years, I grew to see that attending college will be very beneficial to me.

Four years ago, I did not think of college as an option for my future. As a freshman in Taiwan, I only went to school for half the year because I was on our national team and I attended tournaments quite often. At that time, I thought I was going to be a professional golfer one day, and that that was my only choice in life. In order to pursue that goal, I nearly abandoned school so that I could concentrate entirely on golf.

Cheng-Tsung Pan, 18, will file a diary every other week this fall as he finishes his senior year of high school at IMG Academies.

Pan, bound for Washington next fall, earned top-3 finishes this year at the Scratch Players Championship and Azalea Invitational, and was medalist at the Western Amateur. He made it to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur in 2007.

Something started to change for me, however, when I met an older man who eventually became my golf advisor. His ideas became really important to me. He said, “Life consists of a lot of things, and golf is just one of them. Education is the way to help you explore those other things.” This simple idea totally changed the way I saw my life. In the first 14 years of my life, all I had was golf, and I accomplished a lot of work on the golf course. In contrast, outside the golf course, I nearly failed at everything. I knew I did not want this to be the case when I was older.

Another of his ideas also inspired me. He told me he wanted me to become a good citizen before I became a good player. A great player is a public figure, and his every move is in the spotlight. Therefore, it makes sense that being a good citizen is a stepping stone on the way to becoming a great player. College can help me develop many of these essential qualities. In the process of learning, we learn how to communicate with one another, how to solve problems, and how to better analyze good decisions from the poor ones.

One of the reasons that I decided to write the blog is that I considered this as a good way to work on communication in writing and share my experiences with others who may benefit. What you might not know is that I have encountered a lot of problems while I am writing these blogs. Sometimes I have a hard time expressing my ideas clearly, or I often take a long time to finish writing. I’m working to become a better communicator. It’s my goal to make writing an easier process. This is my first birthday wish, which is coming soon. By the way, with all this talk about college, I wanted to let you know that I just signed my National Letter of Intent with the University of Washington!

 

Golfweek: https://golfweek.com/2010/11/16/junior-diary-ready-next-step/