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1. Some people say that students should study many lessons during a semester, but others say that it is better for students to just take three or four lessons. Which do you think is better?
Nowadays, schools are offering students a large range of courses, from traditional literacy to recently created courses, such as foreign language studies, financial management, and risk management, to name a few. Some people believe that students should choose as many courses as they could, whereas others argue that taking three or four courses one semester is enough. To my understanding, it is more appropriate to take three or four courses a semester.
Taking three or four courses one semester could enable students to develop their own interests and build their social network during leisure time, so that students will become more versatile and outgoing in the future. Generally speaking, it is not extremely difficult for students to complete assignments of three or four courses a semester. Therefore, most of the students could have sufficient time to participate in some beneficial activities, such as volunteering in the community, hanging out with friends, or working out at the gym, among others. Those activities, unlike study, enable students to do things that they like and to communicate with people who share the same interests with them. During this process, students will enjoy developing their own interests and build their social network, which will definitely benefit them in the future.
Moreover, choosing three or four courses instead of too many courses per semester could help students relax and maintain a positive attitude towards life. According to a recent survey, more and more children today are suffering from depression because they are forced to study extremely hard. In order to avoid this type of mental disease, students should not spend too many efforts on academic study. In this sense, by taking three or four courses a semester, students could have time to play and relax during their leisure time, so to relieve the stress caused by academic requirements.
Admittedly, taking many courses a semester, students might have the opportunity to learn more knowledge, including useful skills and practices that are beneficial to students’ future. However, once students become tired and feel stressful, they will become less motivated in learning, which will negatively influence their academic performance in all classes as a result.
Based on the above discussion, it is obvious that students should not sign up too many courses a semester. Taking three or four courses is more appropriate and beneficial from the perspectives of developing students’ interests and keeping a positive mental status.
2. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: To be happy, it is more important to maintain a small group of friends over a long period of time than it is to make new friends.
No one would deny that friendship is an indispensable part in our life. Friends bring laughter to our life and comfort us when we feel unhappy. Some people argue that old friends who have spent more time with us are more reliable, and thus we should maintain a small group of friends over a long period, compared to making new friends. However, to my understanding, to be happy, making new friends is more important for the following reasons.
Admittedly, we should cherish old friends who have known us for a long time. We share similar interests and much experience with them, and we feel happy hanging out and talking with our old friends. However, it would be boring if we always stick to one group of people and refuse to make new friends because the shared topics between our old friends and us are limited after all. In contrast, making new friends could benefit us in different ways and thus make us feel happier.
First, making new friends could broaden our horizons. The new experience and knowledge they bring to us could make us feel happier. Take my own experience as an example. I am a big fun of travelling to other countries and I love to make friends with the local people. Last year, I went to the United States and met lots of new friends who are native speakers of English. As a foreign language learner of English, I used to practice my spoken English by myself. After I became friends with those native English speakers, we usually chat with each other through social media. Gradually, my spoken English is improved to a large extent, and I felt very happy about the progress I made.
Further, making new friends enables us to reflect on ourselves from more varied perspectives, thus we could become better person in the future, which could definitely makes us feel happy. Our new friends, who are less familiar with us than our old friends, will not pre-assume the type of person we are. Through interactions with them, we could continuously learn more about our personalities because they will provide us with feedback about their feelings towards us. Gradually, we could understand comprehensively about our weaknesses and strength, which could help us reflect on ourselves and become better person.
Based on the above discussion, making new friends is more rewarding than to maintaining old friends.