1. Should College Students Live on Campus
There are an increasing number of students who choose to live off campus. Parents and university administrations understandably reacted differently. They voiced concerns about security and the threat of off-campus lifestyles getting out of control. However, college students have their own reasons for their choices.
Some students prefer to live on campus for the following reasons. First, campus residents are closer to classes, the library, and other resources, so they are more likely to succeed in college and complete their bachelor’s degree in four years. Furthermore, Living in a dorm is a great opportunity to meet all kinds of new people and develop relationships with them, so students living on campus are more sociable. Last but not the least, living on campus is cheaper and more convenient. Often times, off-campus housing is more expensive than on-campus housing and while living on campus, you don’t have to worry about monthly rent payments and utility bills.
Some others choose to live off campus because they believe living off campus they are more independent, with more privacy and a lot more quiet time. Living off campus gives them freedom from those dorm rules and allow them to set their own. The extra space also means that one can probably find a quiet place to study in the convenience of his own home.
As for me, I’m a faithful supporter of the former group because I, living on campus myself, have witnessed and enjoyed all the convenience and happiness of doing so. To me, living on campus undoubtedly adds an important element to the complete college experience.
Directions: Suppose you are Wei Qiang and you will graduate from university. Write a letter of inquiry to the Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin, asking for admission as a graduate student.
I am very interested in undertaking graduate work in your university. I have read research papers by two of your professors Dr. Thomas Bay and Mr. Sherry Haily. I’d like to study under their guidance.
In September of 2003 I was enrolled in the Computer School of the XYZ University as a computer major. Throughout the four years of study, I take this field as one of great potentials for my country. I feel the need to study further in order to develop well in this area.
I would appreciate receiving your materials such as departmental brochure or pamphlet, and a university catalog or bulletin.
Thank you for your consideration. I am looking forward to your reply.
3. Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write an essay entitled Selfishness in Dormitory Life. You should write at least 120 words following the outline given below in Chinese:
Selfishness is a bit prevailing in university dormitories. Some never care about others’ needs or offer help to their roommates. Some even interrupt others’ normal daily life by speaking loudly, turning on the loudspeakers and telephoning at midnight.
As the only children in their families, most of them are the apples of their parents’ eye. They have been spoiled and are used to being satisfied. Therefore, they hardly pay any attention to others’ feelings initiatively. What they care about is how to meet their own demands and how to get what they need from others. Moreover, selfish people do not know mutual respect and mutual help are keys to harmonious dormitory life.
Selfishness erodes youngsters’ mind and may well undermine their all-round development. Only when we become respectful and helpful to each other, can we create a healthy atmosphere for dormitory life.
4. Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write an essay entitled Say “Thank You” to Parents. You should write at least 150 words following the outline given below in Chinese:
According to a recent survey involving over 3000 undergraduates, 35% of university students have never said “Thank you” to their parents. Their parents have done all they could to bring them up in the past score of years, but have never been rewarded with gratitude.
The subjects claim such reasons as follows. First and foremost, a quarter of the interviewed students regard it as parents’ duty to support them spiritually and financially. And it is not necessary to express appreciation to their parents. However, the majority of youngsters are aware of their parents’ tender love but are not accustomed to saying “Thank you”. Some even find a generation gap between themselves and their parents, thus feeling reluctant to express their affection for their parents.
In my opinion, extending thankfulness to our parents is a way of respecting them and their love. We should express our feelings directly and bravely, but what’s more important is, we should do all that we can to reward them.