As students across China prepare to take the most important exam of their life, which will certainly decide where they get into university and therefore possibly their entire future, none other than celebrated cosmologist, author and occasional Simpsons guest star Stephen Hawking has chimed in to offer a few words of encouragement.
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
Hawking shared his thoughts on his Weibo account, which was opened in April to supernova-sized support from Chinese netizens. Hawking’s account gained over a million followers in just the first six hours and it’s now past 4 million. His inaugural post gained over 800,000 likes, 375,000 comments and 350,000 shares in the first 24 hours.
In 10 hours, Hawking’s bilingual gaokao post has racked up 290,000 likes, 125,000 shares and 43,000 comments. Here are few of the top ones:
“I feel like the whole universe is cheering me on,” reads the top comment with over 18,000 likes.
“Jiayou, jiayou, once you are all done filling in your exam, don’t let Stephen Hawking down,” reads another comment.
“With Stephen Hawking’s support, I can already feel my IQ getting higher,” wrote another netizen.
The gaokao will be held over the next two days (Tuesday and Wednesday). We’d like to wish everyone good luck as well and encourage them to blow off some steam in healthy ways: