1. Your friend wants to attend a summer school to graduate one year earlier from the university. Talk about an advantage and /or a disadvantage of doing this.
I believe that the advantages of attending summer school for one-year earlier graduation overweigh its disadvantages.
First of all, the advantage is that the one-year earlier graduation is beneficial to students’ future development, like he or she can gain more experience in work and meet new people in his field, which may enrich his social circle and get him prepared for job hunting in the future. However, there may be some risks involved in attending the summer session, like students are already fully occupied with different kinds of assignments in the summer holiday. If they have to attend summer school, it may be too stressful for them and they may find it extremely exhausted.
2. What do you think is the most common mistakes that parents make in the process of raising kids?
Well, from my perspective, it is totally a mistake for parents to be arbitrary when dealing things with their children. They don’t listen to their children’s any opinions and always regard themselves right because they are older and have more experience than their kids. However, children who can’t express themselves freely will gradually become submissive and faint-hearted. In addition, as children are always neglected by their most intimate parents, they will feel no respects from the wiseacres and lose their sense of security and furthermore, the relationship among children and parents will be very tense.
3. What do you think about smart phones to students? Here are three benefits of smart phones to students, which do you think is good to students?
1)taking photos 2)listen to music 3)recording courses
In my opinion, recording lectures is definitely the most useful and only useful function for students among these three options; To begin with, there are a great number of lectures and courses for students to learn in the campus, and students cannot understand everything fully if they just listen once, so it is necessary to record and play back so that students won’t feel stressful if they miss certain points in the class; On the other hand, the functions of listening to music or taking photos can be distracting to students and wouldn’t be helpful to their study, while I believe the major task for students in the campus is to learn.
4. How do you usually reward yourself after hard work?
Traveling. It’s a good way to get refreshed and relaxed especially when I feel stressed out after a long period of exhausting work. For example, in the end of each semester, I pay a visit to some new places like some northern cities in China with my classmates after each final exam, which greatly help us get rid of the tiredness and strengthen the friendship among us. We also expand our horizon by travelling to some places new and meeting people with different backgrounds. We have a better understanding of customs, cultures and local people living there.
5. Things keep changing. Describe one thing you think you would never do ten years ago.
Honestly speaking, the thing I think I would never do ten years ago is to study in America for my further education. Ten years ago, when I was a child, I dreamed to study in one of the top schools in my country, especially the universities in Beijing, since it’s generally believed that being in one of the top schools in China means that I can find a decent job after graduation. However, ten years later, now I chose to study in American for my university education because I think the education in America is the most developed in the world and I hope to broaden my horizons and experience the other culture rather than just stay at home.
6. Which one do you think is the most important in protecting the environment? 1) government 2) organization 3) individual efforts
I think that government is the most important. First, government has legislative power, which means they can make environmental laws and regulations to reduce pollution. Policy like the odd-even plate number restriction has been really effective in reducing emissions on the street. Second, government is financially capable in spending money on the development of the public transportation system. If there were sufficient subway or bus lines in the city, with low fee and a comfortable sitting environment, who would bother to take a taxi or drive a car?
7. When you take a trip, do you prefer to just look around, or do you prefer to take pictures and keep a journal?
I prefer to take pictures and keep a journal. Often, I’m having such fun and everything happens so fast, it kind of becomes a blur. I would hate to forget the funny old bookstore I spontaneously visited for five minutes. Taking photos helps me keep the events organized and the memories clear. What also helps is keeping a travel journal. At the end of each day of my trip, I like to jot down quick notes about the moments of my day. That way, I remember everything. It makes the events read like a story. Years later, the fun details of my trip will still be crystal clear.
8. Your friend is considering getting a new pet. What kind of animal would you suggest and why?
Well, I would suggest my friend raise a dog for the following two reasons. First of all, raising a dog, you would have a companion and would not feel lonely. Dogs love spending time with their masters. They play with you or just snuggle on the couch while you are watching TV. You will feel happy to have your loyal partner around you at all times. Second, raising a dog motivates you to do more exercises. Walks in the park, hiking in the woods are the things dogs love to do with their owners. It greatly promotes your health since you are doing exercise outdoor while you are walking your dogs.
9. Which of the following three would you choose to do in summer vacation? Working as a librarian, painter in an art center, or life guard in the natatorium?
Personally, I would like to work as a librarian at the front desk. First of all, I enjoy the quietness and peace in the library, and when I am not busy I can read books and have access to other kinds of materials in the library. By doing this, I can use my time more productively. Additionally, I like to help others directly, and I get a sense of accomplishment when I can help others to find the book they need. I am very quick with alphabetical order and numbers, so I will be very efficient as a librarian.
10. Some professors prefer to give regular quizzes. Some prefer to give surprising quizzes. Please talk about the advantages and/or disadvantages of surprising quizzes. Please use details and examples to explain why.
When it comes to advantages of surprise test, the most obvious one is that it can show the real learning situation of students. Through this way, professors can know how much students really absorb and how well they learn. If a student performs well in surprise tests, it means she pays effort to review regularly and he deserves to get a higher score in final grade. Plus, professors can also adjust their classes based on students’ performance. But it does have some disadvantages. Some students, they just need more time to digest what they have learned. Others may be shocked and feel nervous, which will also influence their results. So it may not be fair enough to all students.