??1. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The best way tolearn about a country is to watch television shows about this country.
Personally, I do think that watching TV show about a country is thecheapest and effective way to learn about a country. To begin with, to bephysically travel to a country is pretty expensive, like one needs to pay theplane tickets, hotel and other kinds of expenses, and they can add up. Luckily,it costs you basically nothing to sit at your house and watching TV programsabout a country. Additionally, one can really learn a lot about a countrythrough watching TV shows. TV programs have different topics, like one can learnthe customs, local food, regulations, politics and even taboos of a specificcountry.
2. When they write a research paper, some students prefer to let theirprofessors choose the topic for them, while others prefer to choose the topic ontheir own. Which one do you prefer and why?
Personally, I think students should have the freedom to choose their owntopics. To begin with, as we know interest is the best teacher. One is likely tomotivate oneself when doing something he or she is interested in, studentsvarying in interests and writing ability should choose their topics according tothe field that they are familiar with and are interested in. For example,students growing up in a minority ethnic group can write a paper on the topic ofethnicity better than others. Apart from that, it is more fair for students tochoose their own topic. Students who have firsthand knowledge in criminal lawmight not know a thing about interracial marriage. By allowing them to choosetheir own topic, everyone can draw upon their strength and avoid theirshortcomings.
3. Do you agree or disagree with the statement: the best lesson we canlearn is through making mistakes.
Personally, I couldn't agree more with this statement, indeed, the bestlesson one can learn is through making mistakes. Actually, time and experienceare the best teacher, and growth can only be achieved when you make mistakes andafter making mistakes, one has to analyze the real cause and avoid the risk ofmaking the same mistake again. Albert Einstein once said, “Anyone who has nevermade a mistake has never tried anything new.” One can only be a better personand make better judgments by learning from every single experience that we havebeen exposed to, otherwise, we would be the same person as we wereyesterday.
4. Do you agree or disagree with the statement: people will read fewerbooks in the future than they do today.
Personally, I agree that people tend to read fewer books in the future. Tobegin with, people especially city dwellers seem to be busier than ever before.Professionals and students alike are under constant pressure; sales people arebusy closing deals with their clients, and students have endless assignments tofinish. All these combined leaves them no time to read books. Additionally, inthe past, books are the major source for knowledge. However, in sharp contrast,people nowadays tend to retain information through all kinds of media, likeinternet, TV, so on and so forth. It seems that books no longer play a big rolein people's lives.
5. Some people believe that the high school should teach music and art asother basic science. Some people think that providing music and art educationfor high school students is not necessary. What is your opinion and why?
Personally, I think high school students should learn art and music.Actually, it can be very rewarding to learn some art, like kids might understandhow to appreciate delicate artwork, such as, porcelain vase, water colorpainting, sculpture. Plus, art is the expression of the humanity. Without it, wewould have no hope, no aspirations, no joy, just nothing meaningful andenlightening, and one can never underestimate the value of art and music,actually, If you try any form of art, you will get a break from the stresses oflife, work and study!
6. Do you agree or disagree with the statement: employees should beprohibited to listen to music at work.
Well, personally, I think it's a very bad idea to prohibit music inworkplace. Actually, listening to music is a very good way for people to releasetheir negative emotions, like sadness, or sorrow, or even anger. Employees mightforget about the pressure in life and thus have a higher efficiency in theworkplace. Additionally, music keeps people refreshed and spurs creativity andinnovation. So, that is why it is a common practice for high-tech to allow theplay of music in their office, just so that they can create a relaxingenvironment and be more creative, and thus make more breakthroughs in theirfield.
7. It is appropriate that students disagree with their instructor.
Personally, teachers and students have totally different background,experience, and positions, thus they might have their own unique and distinctiveperspective. It is normal and okay for them to hold two different opinions,otherwise, it will be very boring and monotonous, and there is no clash of idea,which might be detrimental to students. Students might subject themselves toconformity instead of expressing their ideas. Actually, students should beinclusive, rather than being exclusive to different opinions and ideas sincesometimes only a few people hold the truth. Students should be exposed to allkinds of opinions, and it is proper for them to disagree with theirinstructors.
8. A/D: It is important to live close to your family.
Personally, I prefer to live close to my parents for the following reasons.To begin with, I am family person, and I enjoy spending time with my families.To spending some quality time once in a while is very important to me, andliving close to my parents can help to do that more conveniently. Plus, if welive close to each other, we can constantly look out for one another. Like if Igot sick or have some kind of emergencies, my parents can attend me in a timelymanner. Also, they are getting old, and they need my immediate care, things canbe much easier if I live close to them.
9. Some universities expect students to choose their major when theyenter university. Others let students wait until the second or third year.Which do you think is better and why?
Personally, I prefer to let students wait until second or third year tochoose their major. To begin with, students struggle to blend in the universityculture for the first year, since high school and university are too different.In high school, students get proper guidance and instruction on everything,however, in a university, students are responsible for themselves and theprofessors might not even know their names, therefore, it's a bad idea to dealwith too many things at the same time. Unfortunately, if they choose their majorafter 2 to 3 years, students get a chance to be exposed to classes in differentfield, and they can take their time and pick up a major that they like.Eventually, they have enough motivation because of their interest.
10. Agree or disagree: Zoos are useful than harmful to animals.
Personally, I couldn't agree more that zoos help to protect animals ratherthan harm them. To begin with, some animals that might live in really harshenvironment, like the Arctic region, Sahara deserts, and even in extremely dryareas. However, the zoo can be a very good place to shelter such animals, andthey can live in a clean and comfortable environment with abundant food to feedthemselves. Additionally, by keeping animals in the zoos, citizens, especiallythe younger generation will get a chance to closely observe them, thus they willknow the animals better, hopefully, this can raise their awareness to protectendangered species.
11. Would you like to live with a roommate from your own country or fromother countries?
Personally, I am the kind of person who like to experience totally newthings. Living in with a roommate from other countries help me to know an exoticculture that might be distinctive from mine, and despite our differences ofcultural background, we can interact with each other and share our thoughts ondifferent issues, thus we can have unique perspectives. For example, thewesterners embrace individualism and oriental people welcome collectivism, andthey are very cautious about an individual's private matter, however people fromthe east might not take that seriously. Eventually, we can enrich experience andbroaden our horizon accordingly.
12. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is importantfor a school to have experienced teachers.
Personally, I couldn't agree more that school should have experiencedteachers. To begin with, it is more likely for experienced teachers to try outnew approaches in teaching, like they might lead the students in their academicexploration and put more emphasis on the students' active thinking instead ofmechanically feeding the students with information, hence, they can helpstudents to improve their learning efficiency. Additionally, students are moreinclined to be attracted by experienced teachers than by rookie teachers, thus aschool with experienced teachers can attract more students and increase theirenrollment.
13. Some people prefer to buy a product as soon as it is in the market.Other people prefer to purchase a product when it has been in the market forsome time. Which do you prefer and why?
I would say
I like to buy innovative high-tech products after the pricegoes down, and I have a few reasons for support. First and foremost, productswith cutting edge and state of the art technology are usually very expensivewhen they first come out, and as a college student I do not have lost money towaste on that, cuz I have to pay college tuition, textbooks and stuff like that.Additionally, we consume technological products for its convenience and theywill be as valuable and convenient as they firstly show up in the market, so itis more advisable to buy that after a while.
14. If you were to choose a class to study for fun, which one would youchoose? An art class or a science class?
Personally, I prefer to choose take an art class. I think it is veryrelaxing, and at the same time, it can be very rewarding to learn some art, likeI might understand how to appreciate delicate artwork, such as, porcelain vase,water color painting, sculpture. Plus, art is the expression of the humanity.Without it, we would have no hope, no aspirations, no joy, just nothingmeaningful and enlightening, and one can never underestimate the value of artand music, actually, If you try any form of art, you will get a break from thestresses of life, work and study!
15. Some people prefer to read imaginative literature like fictions intheir spare time，while others prefer to read real literature or nonfictions,such as historical books and biographies. Which kind of books do you prefer, andwhy?
Personally, I choose to read fictions, especially science fiction. Not onlycan I get some knowledge about the frontiers in scientific research, I can alsorelax myself. The storyline of the novel can be really intriguing, thus when Iread a novel, I get deeply involved in the story, and I feel I can connect tothe characters so much that nothing can hold me back from finishing it once Istart to read a novel. However, when it comes to nonfiction, it would be prettyboring, since the materials are fairly abstract for me to understand, therefore,it might be hard for me to get focused when I read nonfictions.
16. Some people play games for enjoyment. Others play games in order towin. Which do you prefer and why?
Personally, most of the time, I play games for enjoyment. I am the kind ofperson, who wants to live a leisurely lifestyle, and I am not aggressive orcompetitive or anything. For me, the whole point of playing games is to relax,and have some fun. Moreover, I am already fed up with peer pressure, as a highschool student, I am judged by academic performance, and actually, I am sostressed out. So, instead of fighting against each other, which is intensive,tiring, I prefer to play games for fun and joy.
17. which do you prefer gather information before travel OR do not gather,just experience yourself there.
Personally, I am cautious person, and most of the time, I plan things aheadof time. When I travel somewhere, I do gather information before I visit theplace. By gathering information before the trip, I can know which hotel is themost comfortable, where can I eat nice local food, and activities I should notmiss out when visiting a particular place. Plus, I might find some taboos inthat local area, and get some heads-up or tips on-line, therefore, I can savemyself from embarrassment. Most importantly, if I plan my itinerary ahead oftime, I will use my time more efficiently, and have a better travelingexperience.
18. Do you agree or disagree that to be successful, a person should studyin the university?
I disagree that a person should study in the university to be successful. Idon't think that people should study in the university to be successful, thereare numerous examples to support my statement. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, theydrop out of universities and they are very successful entrepreneurs. there areeven high school dropouts who started their business and are quite successful.You can learn knowledge from university, but one needs soft skills like how tobe people smart person, which doesn't require a person to go to university tolearn. Knowing how to deal with people is more important than what you learnedin universities. In other words, it is not about what you know, it is about whoyou know.
19. Some students prefer to study in a library. Others prefer to study athome or in dormitories. Which way do you prefer and why? Include reasons anddetails in your response.
I would say I'd like to study in the library. The most obvious reason isthat it is very quiet in the library, and I can fully focus on my work andnothing can distract me. There are just too much distraction to study at home, Ican lay on my bed and play computer games when I feel bored, it is just not thatproductive compared to studying in the library. Plus, when studying in thelibrary, I feel like people around me are also studying, and that is amotivation for me to concentrate on my own work. For these reasons, I would sayI like to study in the library.
20. Some people enjoy indoor activities, other prefer to do outdooractivities. Which do you prefer?
Personally, I like to get out and have some fun, to begin with I have morechoices if I choose to do outdoor activities, like climbing mountain, gofishing, go boating or canoeing. However, if I chose to stay indoors, I feellike I would be bound by the activities that I could do. It is much moreexciting and relaxing to do activities outdoors, since not only can I keep fit,but also I have a chance to breath fresh air and I am not bound by the limitedspace indoors.
21. Some people speak out in class, others prefer to listen and quietlyobserve. Which do you think leads to greater success in school?
Personally, I prefer to speak out and discuss things with my peers. I wouldsay the best way to learn is to speak out my ideas and thoughts about issue inquestion. It is a great chance for me to develop my confidence when speaking infront of a large audience and possibly I build up my public speaking skills, andit is a very valuable skill for my future career. Additionally, the whole classgets a chance to hear multiple points of view, although some points might not beas thought-provoking, you can learn a lot of stuff beyond the textbooks anyway,and understand how an idea works in real life when people speak out and sharetheir personal experiences.
22. Do you agree or disagree with the statement: it is better to live closeto parents than to live far away from them.
Personally, I prefer to live close to my parents for the following reasons.To begin with, I am family person, and I enjoy to spend time with my families.To spending some quality time once in a while is very important to me, andliving close to my parents can help to do that more conveniently. Plus, if welive close to each other, we can constantly look out for one another. Like if Igot sick or have some kind of emergencies, my parents can attend me in a timelymanner. Also, they are getting old, and they need my immediate care, things canbe much easier if I live close to them.
23. Do you prefer to live alone or live with others.
Personally, I prefer to live alone. Actually, I am very private person,most of the time, I keep things to myself. I would get distracted if I chose tolive with others who I might not familiar with. Actually, I am highly efficientwhen I do things without the disturb of others, like when I study I feel morecomfortable when nobody is around me. Plus, someone you are living with mighthave totally different habits and schedule when it comes to when to study orsleep or even watch TV. It would be really disruptive when one wants to studywhile the other prefers to watch TV.