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胡敏读故事记托福词汇226: 一位与众不同的本科生 A unique undergraduate(MP3)

226 A unique undergraduate

226 一位与众不同的本科生

Instead of going directly into undergraduate school, I decided to spend a year in an underdeveloped country. I’m not exactly sure why I decided to undergo this unusual experience. I suppose I felt a certain underlying guilt about being from such a developed country and this undertaking was a way for me to undo that guilt. The section of the country in which I worked was racked with unimaginable poverty. Part of the reason for this was that just five years before the land had been uninhabited. But the real reason was that the central government had failed to undertake any real effort to unify the country. The racial make-up of the country was not uniform. Unfortunately, this often resulted in unfair discrimination. Goods and services were unevenly distributed among the population. The corrupt government undoubtedly underscored such practices when it uniformly declared that anyone attempting to undermine the current regime would be imprisoned. Underlying this proclamation was dirty politics. However, the government underestimated the power of the masses. Many underground activist organizations began to spread far and wide throughout the country. Acting in uniformity with one another, they unearthed evidence of human rights violations and passed the information on to foreign journalists. As evidence of massacres and corrupt government administration eventually unfolded, the government, under international pressure, began to act in accordance with international standards of law. I worked with many of the common poor on fishing boats, helping to catch underwater deep-sea fish. I saw some gradual changes take place while I was there, but I am now glad to learn that more sweeping changes have taken place. I will soon receive my undergraduate degree in social work and I plan to visit the country again.

我决定不直接上大学,而是花一年时间去个不发达国家。我不能完全肯定为什么决定去经历这种不同寻常的体验。我认为我当时对自己来自这样一个发达的国家感到某种潜在的内疚,这个任务是我消除内疚的一种方式。我所工作的地方饱受贫穷之苦,其贫穷之程度令人难以想像。部分原因是,五年前,这里还是杳无人迹。但真正的原因是,中央政府没有做出任何统一国家的真正努力。该国的种族构成并不单一。不幸的是,这种情况经常造成不公正的歧视。人口中商品和服务分配不均。腐败的政府无疑使这种情况变得更为严重,它一贯宣布,任何人如果试图破坏现行体制将入狱。支持这一声明出台的是肮脏的政治。但是,政府低估了民众的力量。许多地下激进组织开始遍及全国。他们彼此统一行动,寻找破坏人权的证据,把信息传递给外国记者。当大屠杀和政府管理腐败的证据最终公开,政府在国际压力下开始遵循国际的法律标准。我和许多贫困的平民在渔船上工作,帮他们捕捞水下的深海鱼类。我当时在那里时看到一些缓慢的变化,而现在我高兴地获悉那里已经出现了更为全面的变化。不久我将获得社会福利工作领域的本科学位,我计划再次访问该国。
 

Words:

underdeveloped adj.不发达的
underestimate v.低估
undergo v.经历,遭受
undergraduate n.(尚未取得学位的)大学生
underground adj.地下的,地面下的
underlie vt.位于…之下,成为…的基础
underlying adj.基础的,根本的,潜在的
undermine v.渐渐破坏,暗地里破坏
underscore v.划线于…下,强调
undertake v.从事,承担
undertaking n.任务,事业
underwater adj.在水下的,在水中的
undo vt.解开,松开
undoubtedly adv.毋庸置疑地,确凿地
unearth vt.发掘,挖出
unevenly adv.不平坦地,不均衡地
unfair adj.不公平的
unfold v.打开,显露
unfortunately adv.不幸地
uniform n. 制服adj.统一的,始终如一的
uniformity n.同样,一式
uniformly adv.一律地,均一地
unify vt.统一,使成一体
unimaginable adj.不可想象的
uninhabited adj.无人居住的

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