1.People nowadays are busier than ever in work and school. If you have some time to learn new things, which one will you choose to learn?
1)Learn a new sport that you have never played before.
2)Learn to cook food that you haven't prepared before.
3)Learn to make something by hand, like clothing or jewelry.
In this increasingly globalized world, college graduates not only compete with job applicants from their own country but also with those from abroad. As stress piles up on youngsters, their time devoted to leisurely hobbies diminishes. Given the fierce competition in the job market in contemporary society. I have to regrettably give up on learning to play a new sport and to make handmade crafts, despite my interest in them. Comparatively speaking, learning how to cook would bring me the optimum amount of benefits.
First of all, cooking skills will greatly improve my life quality. Nowadays, more and more young people dine in restaurants or order deliveries. This trend can be accounted for by two changes in recent years. Firstly, young people are facing a lot of competition in college application, job hunting and professional life. In order not to lag behind, they have to take on a lot of workload and put themselves under a great deal of stress. Hence, they don’t have time for cooking, which includes time spent on grocery shopping and dish washing. Second, with smart phones, young people can order deliveries almost effortlessly. Because of the convenience as well as the great variety of food one can choose from and one may find it difficult to resist the urge to order food online. For instance, my sister used to study all the day long and ordered deliveries sometimes three meals a day. Gradually, she found it difficult to concentrate studying long hours. The food she ordered often turned out to be salty, unhealthy, and even unhygienic. To regain her study efficiency and improve her diet, she began cooking at home. Her life enhanced drastically with this small change. Because cooking offers her a respite from studying and good food energizes her. She is able to focus better after she returns to studying. I learn from her experience that I should learn cooking to maintain health and keep my stress level low.
In addition, learning how to cook can improve my social life. Those who love cooking tend to have a more balanced life in the sense that they are unwilling to have their life eaten up by work and study and willing to leave time for delicious food. So as I start to learn cooking, I can make more like-minded friends who care about health and work-life balance. Also, people can easily bond over mealtime. As they devour the tasty and nourishing food, they are more relaxed and more talkative and making it easier for acquaintances to deepen their relationships.
Surely, learning how to play a new sport and make handmade things can help me decompress and enrich my life as well. But these two options are not the most suitable for me. I am already playing two sports regularly, so I don’t feel the urge to add another sport to my busy schedule. Although making handmade crafts can be therapeutic, I have already tried it in the past and found myself not very talented. In lieu of making handmade things, drawing and photography are the two art forms that can better ignite my creativity an help me regain composure and a calm state of mind.
In conclusion, for the health and social benefits of cooking, I will spend time on mastering the art of making great food.
2. In universities, people tend to concern more about the career prospect of the subjects they learn. Some people propose that students should learn subjects with a fast job growth including math, science, technology, and engineering even if they are interested in other subjects. Do you agree or disagree?
Undeniably, in today’s highly competitive social atmosphere, choosing a popular field of study might prepare students for better job opportunities. However, in my opinion, it is more important to select a subject that suits a person’s interest.
First and foremost, opting for the subjects in which one takes considerable interest is conducive to achieve better results. As and old saying goes, highly stimulated assuming that one can choose subjects exerting a peculiar fascination on him or her. Conversely, if they are forced to take courses which can help them gain profit-making jobs, they might not keep their interest for a long time and are prone to generating career burnout. Thus leading to a lower learning efficiency. Those epoch-making accomplishment in the scientific world owe much to the initial interest of the scientists. To illustrate, Charles Darwin is famous for his masterpiece entitled on the origin of species. His early interest in nature led him to quit his medical studies at the University of Edinburgh and explore activities instead. Further education at Cambridge continued to encourage his passion for natural science. At last, his learning enthusiasm and untiring efforts paid off. His story perfectly indicates the importance of interest as a factor in a person’s success.
In addition, to choose a favorite subject makes the learning experience full of relaxation and delight. Happiness lies in the process and not just in the final result. To some extent, interest is a good friend keeping one company and making one joyful much of the time. For example, whenever math problems arises so does a moment of pleasure. It is time to enjoy the process of solving the problem. Whenever a new theory in biology is grasped, another cheerful moment ensues. It is time to explore more deeply and to make more interesting discoveries. Without doubt, fascination with a subject makes each step of learning delight.
Admittedly, it is true that courses like technology, engineering and math might have some benefits, most of which can be applied in solving real world issues. However, the exposure that students have to apply these theories is very limited in class. Taking technology-oriented classes will not give students a competitive edge to ensure future jobs opportunities. On the other hand, there are enormous benefits for students to take courses that they are interested in.
In conclusion, I re-affirm my conviction that even though choosing utilitarian subjects is never without merit, university students should still be encouraged to choose their favorite areas of study.