1. Describe an important day in your life. Explain why it is important.
The most important day in my life was my college graduation day. I graduated from a prestigious university in the Unites States, but it was challenging for me. Four years before I graduated from college, the first time I set foot on the land of America, I felt so isolated and had tremendous language barriers. However, during my four years in college, I not only improved my English language proficiency, but also kept a high GPA and was on the dean's list every year. But, I know that this day does not come easy, it symbolizes the time and effort I put to get my diploma.
2. Among the following three types of professions, which do you think makes the most important contribution to society: primary school teacher, nurse, or artist?
Well, personally, I think primary school teacher contribute most to society for the following reasons, to begin with, they teach kids to read and write, add and subtract, although these are basic skills, they nonetheless lay a solid foundation for the kids for their future study. Apart from that, teacher help to build up students’ value, like they teach them how to be good person, to be compassionate about others and be ready to help and reach out, just to make them to a well-rounded person in general.
3. Which of the following three subjects would you choose to learn? Math, painting, science. Explain what you want to learn from this subject.
Personally, I prefer to learn science, cuz to begin with, science make you intelligent, actually I want to be a scientist in the future. Science can be applied in different kinds of technologies and improve people's lives, make some breakthrough in the medical treatment in certain diseases, build much more fast express trains and stuff. Apart from that, by learning science, yo can understand reasons of the natural phenomena happening in daily life, like rain, snow, tornado.
4. What are the advantages and disadvantages of eating in a fast-food restaurant?
Well, eating in a fast food restaurant helps to save time, the food there are served within minutes, that is very good advantage to eat in a fast food restaurant, the time saved can be used in other things, like a college student can prepare their exams, or work in the library to write their papers. However, the food you eat in the fast food place are not healthy at all, like hamburgers, French fries and greasy stuff in general, which contains lot of fat, and that is bad for your cardiovascular system;
5. Your school has a program that allows students to visit workplaces. What place would you choose to observe and learn about?
1. A science laboratory 2. A business office 3. A Television studio
Personally, I choose to visit a science lab. Most of the time the things we learn in classrooms are very theoretical, and hard to understand. Going the lab I got a chance to use the lab equipment and apply theory in practice. Apart from that, I can also interact with the scientist working in the lab and enlighten myself. Like, a chemist can give you some information on frontier issues in the biochemistry field, or they might tell you something about a new drug to cure cancer, and that will make me very excited.
6. If a foreign visitor comes to your country, what food will you introduce to him/her? Explain why.
Personally, I would recommend the huoguo, and its direct translation is hot pot. It can be cooked in a very easy way. Firstly, you need to throw in some species and other kinds of condiments, than boil the water, after that you can throw anything you like ranging from vegetables to seafood, like broccoli, potatoes, shrimp, tuna scallop and stuff like, and it is a pretty healthy way to eat. On top that, eating hot pot around a big round tables symbolizes a sense of reunion, lots of people have hot pot as their Spring Festival dinner. I mean, it doesn't have to be on Spring Festival, you can also have it when eating out with friends.
7. Describe a time you learned a new subject./ Describe a difficulty which you have overcome with the help of your family, friends or classmates. Explain how they helped
When I was in junior high, I had to learn English for the first time, and it was really hard for me to pick up at first. The words, grammar and sentence patterns are just so different from Chinese. But with the help of my English teacher, I gradually learnt some basic words and useful phrases, and I started practicing English with foreigners whenever I got a chance, the more I acquire, the more I am willing to learn and I put more effort and I am determined to be really good in English. Now, after so many years, I am still a big fan of the English language, and I cannot live a single day without it.
8. Which one of the following factor do you think is most important when it comes to travelling. Low cost, good weather, or various activities?
Well, Personally, I would say the most important factor is the activities that I can do during the trip. I like to go to places where I can appreciate the natural beauty, and get a chance to get away from the city concrete jungles. Actually, I just want to go to beautiful places with great natural scenery, like tropical rainforests, coastal cities, or mountainous ranges. As for the activities, I like water activities, surfing, water skiing, also I like climbing mountains. cuz, doing these stuff I can keep fit, and improve my cardio vascular system, that's why I think activities are the most important.
9. A skill you have already learned and want to improve. Describe what you would do to improve the skill.
I would say I want to improve my English language communication skills. Actually, I started learn English when I was 6 years old, and I have been learning English for like 15 years, but what is frustrating is that I still cannot express things in the most natural way. I guess I need to learn the most natural way of expressing myself, to do that, I have to grasp every chance I might have to interact with native speakers. On top of that, since I might have lots of chance to do that, I think I will start watch American TV shows and learn some useful and daily use phrases and use them whenever I can.
10. One of your friends wants to drop out of college. Do you think it is a good idea or not? Why?
I disagree that my friend to drop out of college. Firstly, in china. one needs to work really hard to get in to college and you definitely need a college degree to get yourself a job. it's very hard, if not impossible, for a high school graduate to find a job. Secondly, the benefit of a college education goes beyond getting you a job. To be a well-rounded person with comprehensive knowledge in different fields. One needs to go to college. you study economics to better understand the economy. Psychology gives you knowledge about people's motives and desires. Based on these point I disagree that my friend should drop out of college.
11. Which period do you think is the toughest during one's life? childhood, adolescent, or adulthood?
I would say the toughest period during one's life is adulthood. Not like the childhood, we are pursuing our degrees in universities or already doing a job to make a living. In school, we are constantly under lots of pressure, the assignments like problem sets, presentations, research papers are killing us. After graduation, we have to fulfill all kinds of responsibilities as a professional. On the other hand, being a child or an adolescent is much easier, they just have fun and do not have to worry about anything.
12. Describe an area in your city that you like the most. Explain why you like this area the most.
Since I am from a coastal city in China. I would say the area I like most about my city is the beach area. You can bath in the sun while appreciating the beautiful scenery alone the seashore, like the blossom and palm trees and stuff. One should definitely try out the sea food like salmon, tuna and even some lobsters. Apart from that, the last thing you should miss out when visiting this nice and beautiful part of the city is sea and water activities like snorkeling, wakeboarding and even jet skiing. You might get a little sun burnt but still worth it.
13. A friend of yours wants to make a big purchase but does not have enough money. What would you suggest your friend do to.
Frankly, there are not lots of part jobs, from which you can make lots of money. However, I think to work in a restaurant part-time is a pretty decent choice. You can choose to be a delivery guy or even wait tables. By delivering food to customers, not only can you get lots of tips from generous customers, you can also get transportation fee paid from them. One can make easily make $ 150-200 a day. Also, you can build up a sense of responsibility from doing this job, on top of that, when the customers smile at you and appreciate your service, you can have a sense of achievement. To be able to make others happy is always a pleasant experience. Based on these reasons, I suggest my friend to work in a restaurant.
1. Some prefer card games, while others prefer computer games. which one do you prefer and why?
Personally, I prefer card games. To begin with, it is more interactive, someone is around when you are playing the card game, and actually it is a great to spend quality time with friends and family members. It bring me and friends closer, it helps me to bond with them. However, lots of people got addicted to computer games and end up wasting their previous time, and sitting in front of the computer all day alone can jeopardize your health and your eyesight.
2. Some people argue people born with natural abilities are more likely to succeed. Other people believe success can be achieved through hard work. What's your opinion.
Personally, I would say to be successful, one needs to be both talented and hard-working. Lots of businessman and investor have a natural instinct of what kind of field of industry is worth their investment, they need that business acumen to spot the best deal, but I think it also takes hard work, cuz the business world are so competitive, in order to stay alive, they have to work day and night to keep themselves in the game. These two factors are also a must for artists, athletes and even musicians.
3. Some like do jobs with different tasks and others prefer to do the same task every day. Which one do you prefer?
I would like to choose a job that requires me to do lots of tasks. First of all, sitting in the office and repeating the same task again and again can be killing. I will be really bored doing these repetitive tasks, and my working efficiency will be very low. Secondly, doing lots of tasks can develop myself to be a well-rounded person, now the job market is very competitive. If you are trained to do different kind of tasks in a professional setting, you will be more attractive in the job market, thus have a better shot in getting a higher-paid job.
4. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: people should be forced to retire after the age of 65.
Personally, I totally agree with this. To begin with, typically by the age of 65, people have worked for like more than 40 years, and that is a pretty long time, we spend more than 40 years dedicated to different professions; and people deserve the chance to enjoy their retirement at 65 years. Additionally, generally, lots of positions require professionals to be extremely healthy and active in order to fulfill their tasks, our health gets worse with the passing time, lots of seniors around 60 years suffer from cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure and stuff; so people at around 65 years old are not as productive, thus they should be forced to retire.
5. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement. Watching TV is not a way to use time.
I think it really depends, TV programs like documentaries can be very informative, and they target different kinds of audience. They cover lots of topics like sports, animal world, history, and even religions. you can really learn a lot about all kinds of stuff. It is very good to watch these shows, however, if someone is indulged in watching meaningless TV programs like different kind of reality shows and even some of the TV sit-coms, it might cast a huge negative impact on their study and work. To sum up, it you are capable of striking a balance between watching good TV shows and meaningless one, watching TV is very good way to use time.
6. Advertisements have too much influence on what people buy.
Personally, I agree that advertisements have too much influence on what people buy. Though economists might think that human are rational beings and make choices based on cost and benefit analysis, psychologists might not agree with that, and I think consumers are very much influenced by commercials on what they buy. Frankly, lots of commercials are too much in bragging about their products and cannot even deliver what they promise, like the so-called ultimate vacuum cleaner cannot even remove a slight stain on the carpet, even though in the advertisement, the company portrays their vacuum as the almighty machine, and the Ad is so vivid and persuasive and people believe it, only later find that it is not what it says in the commercial.
7. Some students prefer to go to universities or colleges in their hometown. Others prefer to go to universities or colleges in new cities or towns. Which do you prefer and why? Include details and examples in your explanation.
Personally, I prefer to study in a new city. I think it is very boring to stay in your city, where you have been living for almost 20 years, they people you will meet are still those you met during primary school and high school. However, to be able to study in another city, you get a chance to learn their local cultures, appreciate the natural beauty, and above all meet more exciting people, and by interacting with local people and making new friend in that city during college, you can broaden your horizon and enrich you life experience.
8. Some students prefer to write their course papers a day or two before the paper is due. Other students prefer to start working on their papers much sooner, spending a little time each day to complete the paper. Which do you prefer? Explain why.
I prefer to finish the paper sooner rather than later, to begin with, to finish lots of paper, you might spend a long time to find relevant references, figure out the data and the models you need to apply in the paper, starting to work on the paper early can make sure you have sufficient time to finish it on time. Plus, If you chose to work on the paper a day or two before it is due, you might have some scheduling problems, and be bombarded with other kinds of assignment, like group projects, presentations and stuff.
9. Some would like a job that requires frequent communication with others, others prefer to get job that does not require any communication. Which one do you prefer?
Personally, I am an extremely extrovert and easygoing person and will be really bored if I get a job without any communication with others. I really cannot imagine a position that is repetitive and boring; I do not think I can be productive and efficient at all. Apart from that, there are numerous benefits when interacting with other, like you can have new perspective on things, and human beings are at least social being. The last but the not the least, lots of job require communication and cooperation with other department in order to make a profit and help others.