TOEFL iBT Writing Topic: Four Seasons



>Some people like to live in places that have the same weather or climate all year round. Others like to live in areas where the weather changes several times a year. Which do you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your choice.


To be interested in the changing seasons is supposed to be in a happier state of mind than to be only in love of spring forever. It could be imagined that people living in places where the weather changes with the coming alternatively of spring, summer, autumn and winter stand chances of experiencing their lives in four dimensions rather than one. This may tend to be true of those who happen to be romantic at heart and refuse to be bored socially by the unchanging climate.

On the one hand, some people just hate anything monotonous in life, such as living in places that have the same weather throughout 365 days. To begin with, human beings are social animals that care for speaking to one another, and there is no better way to start a conversation than talking about the changing weather. Accordingly, seasonal change of temperatures and of other weather conditions from time to time is the discourse of the day-to-day social life. Further, for those who like to watch nature's seasonal changes in motion, it seems as if there were no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of 'good wheather'. Likewise, no such thing as bad wheather, only the 'wrong clothes', come rain or shine, wet or dry, cold or hot, clear or cloudy, calm or stormy.

On the other hand, the changing weather of the year usually suits the more romantic-minded people. For instance, they are able to to see various delights in different seasons. To them, sunshine is delicious; rain, refreshing; wind, exciting; and snow, exhilarating. Often, there is something romantic, such as accepting a cold or hot rainy day as the perfect time for a walk in the woods. Of course, there is reason to think that sunshine seldom fails to bring happiness, but there is also reason to feel happy dancing in the rain sometimes. In short, change in each season is like a romantic song.

To sum up, for people living in areas where the weather changes several times a year, life could be more in tune with the romantic mood and certainly less boring. From season to season, there are even poetic expectations among those who enjoy living in places where the weather changes at least several times a year. They know only too well that "if winter is here, can spring be far behind?"