1. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: talking face-to-face in person is a better way to communicate than communicating through emails and by text message?
I agree with that talking face-to-face to communicate is a better way to communicate because of following reasons. Firstly, talking face-to-face can avoid misunderstanding. Take myself for example, I sent an email to my colleague to check some of problems occurred in our history project, but she failed to receive it, which almost caused the failure of our project. Secondly, talking face-to-face can strengthen the relationship between you and your co-workers. It is believed that communicating in person help people understand others better.
2. With the new technologies, we now have electric books and internet. Someone thinks that someday the library will totally disappear. What is your opinion?
I think it is absolutely necessary to have libraries. Firstly, although it is true that electronic books have become increasingly popular, some people still keep the habit of reading paper books. They may find it is easier for them to concentrate or make marks when they are reading. Thus, the library remains a crucial part in readers’ life, since it can provide a huge range of choices for book worms. Besides, the library is not only a place for people to read books, but also to do other activities. For example, students always choose to study in the library. Other people may stay in the library, just to enjoy the quiet atmosphere and to find their inner peace.
3. Your local community center wants to add some new workshops or programs for children, which of the following do you think would be the most beneficial for children's development?
1) Arts craft workshop
2) Technology workshop
3) Athletic programs
Among all three workshops and programs, I believe that the art craft workshop will be the most influential for children’s development for two reasons. First, it is usually easier for children to cultivate their talent in art at a younger stage since most children are extremely creative when they are little. Such creativity is critical for learning and appreciating art and could gradually decrease as time goes by. Therefore, it is the best to offer such an opportunity to utilize their advantages. Also, it is important to be able to develop their own taste in art. Art is like a language and with it, children will be able to express and perceive emotions in a different way.
4. Do you like to be taught by experienced teachers or by new teachers?
I think in most cases I would like to be taught by a veteran teacher rather than a rookie teacher. Think about visiting a dentist or seeking advice from an attorney, I'm sure many people would prefer the most experienced because they are more likely to possess well-developed skills and hands-on experience to provide what you need. New teachers may be well trained in terms of teaching methodology, but it is only through the real-world application of these theories that teachers reach their full potential, and that takes time. My own experience also proves this.
5. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement that it is okay for professors to forbid students to record lectures?
I think the school should allow students to take records of professors’ lectures. The most important reason is that this may help students to master what they have learnt. Sometimes students may not fully get or understand the key points professors have told us. Thus, after class, if having the records, students may listen to the lecture again and again, review and digest the key knowledge stressed in class. However, if without such records, they may not have the chance to review the knowledge or solve their puzzle. When it comes exams, maybe it will be the nightmare! Thus, I think taking records shouldn’t be banned.
6. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It's never too late to obtain the college degree, no matter how old you are.
I agree with the statement that it is never too late to obtain a college degree. Even if a person is well into retirement age, there are benefits from obtaining a degree because degrees are not just useful for getting a job. Getting a college degree helps the person remain mentally engaged. Older people face the very real threat of forgetfulness or dementia. Taking courses towards a degree keeps the mind active and challenged. Also, older people often face the problems of isolation and lack of initiative once they retire. Participating in college discussions and projects encourages interaction with other students, so a person striving for a college degree remains socially engaged as well.
7. Are the living standards of people today better than the past? Give details and examples to support your response.
It’d undeniable that the living conditions of people today are better than previous generations. Technology has made that totally possible. For example, probably one the biggest advancements within the past hundred years is the treatment of water and the ability to have clean drinking water for many more places. Whereas previously people used wells and tried to heat and boil water in order to clean it by themselves, now there are water treatment facilities. This helps people avoid diseases and actually live healthier and better lives.
8. Some people like to buy new and expensive books while others prefer to buy old and cheap ones. Which would you prefer?
I prefer old, cheap books over new, expensive ones for two reasons. First, I save money, because buyers of a book's first publication usually pay more, because they can be the first to claim they have a copy of the book. Additional advertising, marketing, and publishing costs are included in the price of the first books printed. However, I can sa1e money by waiting a few weeks until the book is available to check out from my public library, or I can borrow it from someone else that has already purchased and read it. Also, I save money if I find the book at a used book store, garage sale, flea market, or EBay. Second, if I wait to purchase a book at a lower cost, I can buy extra ones.
9. When things at home such as furniture or electrical appliances are broken, some people prefer to have them repaired in a shop, while others prefer to fix them at home. Which do you prefer and why?
From my perspective, I definitely prefer to have them repaired in a shop, because it can save my time. Once my laptop had a blue screen. Although I spent 2 hours on repairing it, it still didn't work. Then I went to the computer shop o ask for help. A very kind assistant checked the system and told me the problem. After just 20 minutes, my laptop worked properly. If I had known the assistant could fix it so quickly, I wouldn't repair it by myself.
10. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement that people's personalities will change when they grow older?
Personally, I am in favor that people's personalities change overtime. This happens because throughout one's lifetime one has lots of experience, including success and failure, as no one grows up in a vacuum. For example, Things that were important to you when you were a kid are not so important when you are older. Like, you might be afraid to be judged and finger pointed when you were a kid, however, as you grow older, you might gain self-confidence gradually and don't care about others' judgment anymore.