1. If you are to choose between two apartments to live in next semester, one apartment is near the campus but slightly expensive, the other is a little far from the campus but cheaper, which one do you prefer and why?
If I’m to rent a house, I definitely would like to have one that will cost me less. As a student, I don't think it is necessary and more importantly practical for me to spend extra money on renting an off-campus apartment, especially a price one, since I can spend the money in a more constructive way, like buy studying materials and stuff. Indeed, the distance between my apartment and the school means that I have to spend more time on buses or subways. But actually that's not an issue for me. You see, I'm good at making use of the so-called time confetti. I can surely read books or listen to some fun stuff to make my time meaningful.
2. Some people have emotional attachments to old things, such as old clothes, old books and toys they played in their childhood, so they would prefer to keep them as long as possible, while some people don’t have such attachments and prefer to throw out old things, which one is your habit and why?
I prefer to throw out old things.
Firstly, this may give a more spacious room. Actually my bedroom is small, only 8 square meters, apart from one bed and one desk, the space is very limited. If I keep many old items, such as old shoes, old clothes, old magazines, then my room will be very crowded, even annoying.
Secondly, this may help me embrace something new. Just because I often throw out old items, then I have the chances to experience new things, such as more fashionable clothes and shoes, more elegant toys and decorations. If my room is filled with old things, hardly can I have the chance to embrace new items.
3. Some professors prefer to answer students' questions in the end of the lecture, and others stop at different points to answer students' questions. Which style do you think is better for learning?
I think it is more effective for teachers to answer students’ questions at the end of a lecture. First, it is better for the teacher because he or she is not interrupted and thrown off track in the flow of lecture. If students continually ask questions throughout the lecture, they may ask questions to soon be answered, and the teacher may, then, forget to talk about something important leading up to the organic timing of the topic. Furthermore, having a Q & A at the end allows students to take logical notes with questions for later. During the Q & A, students are given a duration of time in which they hear other students’ concerns that may be relevant to them as well.
4. Which do you think works better on kids: to praise kids’ good behaviors with rewards or to punish them for their bad behaviors?
As for me, I think punishing kids for their bad behaviors is a better way to help them build up good behaviors. The cons of rewarding often has to do with removal of the prize. A kid may behave in a desirable way as long as the reward is still there, but if it is stopped, this particular behavior stops as well. But punishing is different, It’s profound and memorable. For example, if kids interrupt the teacher or answer questions without first raising their hands, they get punished, they will have to sit at their desks when everyone else is allowed to go outside and play. When they realize there will be negative consequences, they change, automatically.
5. Do you agree or disagree with the statement that kids should be allowed to keep a pet as the company in their daily lives? Give your specific explanations in your response.
I can’t agree with the statement more.
First, pets may help us relieve our pressure. After a whole day’s study, when looking at the pets, no matter it is a loyal and cute dog or a docile and lovely cat, playing with them, children may feel relieved and transfer to a relaxing mood. People having pets all have similar pleasant feel.
Also, pets may help children keep healthy. Dogs, as we know, need to be walked every day. If keeping a dog, kids may have to walk the dog outside to the parks or the sidewalks, they will leave their seats and their bedrooms. Keeping a balance between still seating and constant moving is good for children’s health.