Stephen Hawking Says 'Jiayou' to Gaokao Students

By Cathy Wu, June 6, 2016

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The pressure is on across China as about 10 million students are about to take the annual National Higher Education Entrance Examination, otherwise known as the 'gaokao', a make-or-break exam that determines their future. 

This year's exam-sitters got a special treat in the form of a morale boost from Stephen Hawking, who sent his encouragement via Weibo this morning, a day before the big test.


In his post, Hawking wrote to over four million of his followers:

'As many of you prepare to take the National Higher Education Entrance Examination, I want to wish you, the next generation of scientific minds, success in your academic endeavors. This culmination of your hard work marks just the beginning of your very bright futures.

Growing up, my parents placed a high value on education and I am grateful for the limitless opportunities provided by my studies. Whether you aim to be a doctor, teacher, scientist, musician, engineer, or a writer — be fearless in the pursuit of your aspirations. You are the next generation of big thinkers and thought leaders that will shape the future for generations to come. - SH'

Many netizens commented they were 'inspired and encouraged' and 'full of energy' by the famous physicist, a true Xueba (a curve-killer student). One joked that 'the whole universe is cheering for gaokao students.'

[Image via QQ]

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