Every year many young people work hard to pass their school-leaving exams and enter a college. However, for many of them acquiring good marks is not the only worry. Unlike the lucky minority from wealthy families, they must also think about the ways of getting money to pay for their education.
Many years that we spend going to school or university are impossible to imagine without all those endless hours of doing boring home assignments. If you ask any student about the amount of homework they would be ready to do without complaining, the answer is very likely to be none. Students claim that homework deprives them of any free time they might have during the school years, that teachers make them work excessively and put them under stress with the strict deadlines for submission. But is this attitude always justified and why do we have to do our homework?
Every single year when a new fashion season starts, fashion capitals of the world turn into Meccas for the followers of the latest trends. The greatest fashion houses present their collections, top designers set the trends, photographers and models work hard in an attempt to make people fill their wardrobes with the stuff they don’t need. Every single year designer labels make millions by selling “the latest craze,” But is fashion really that important?
The history of the mankind is not only the one of the development and great inventions; it is also the history of wars. Since prehistoric times, different nations have been fighting with each other and very often the announced reason for it was the religion. We can easily remember the Crusades, which were nothing but a war between Christians and Muslims, civil conflicts between Catholics and Protestants in England and Northern Ireland, wars between the Sunnis and the Shiites in Muslim countries. Observing all this, it is easy to come to the conclusion that religion often causes wars. But personally I strongly disagree with this opinion.
Competition is an indispensable part of life on our planet, where only the strongest can survive. This is the law which outlined the whole idea of Darwin’s evolution theory and the main principle of business practices. Competition is the basis for any sport, job interviews and college admission procedures. But is it good or bad?
When I was four years old, I was a very shy girl who was afraid of talking to strangers, did not enjoy sports, did not make friends easily. All this changed when my parents took me to have a look at the training in gymnastics. I looked at it once and loved it forever. Sport has changed my life completely and helped me to avoid a lot of dangers of teenage years.
Several days ago, surfing the Net, I came across a news item which told a story of a seventeen-year-old guy who had attempted a burglary. When he was asked why he had done it, the youngster answered that he simply had nothing to do and decided to see if he would manage to open the lock of his neighbor’s front door. So, the reason for his crime was a mere boredom. I was so shocked with the news, that could not but think about it. Can boredom lead to trouble? Unfortunately, we must admit that it is true.
One can often hear students complaining about their academic record. Many find the existing grading system either too subjective or too superficial and claim that it does not reflect the real abilities of a student. Personally I find it difficult to complain, as I have excellent grades in all subjects, and actually find the system quite objective. The issue that draws my attention, however, is the type of abilities reflected.
Considering all my previous intellectual experience and academic accomplishments, I would probably single out the one that would seem strangely unimportant. However, for me, mastering exactly this skill opened the whole new world of information. If I had to choose my most important academic achievement, I would choose mastering the skill of reading.
Several months ago I faced a problem. I had to make a presentation of my science project in front of a large audience of unknown people. First I felt quite enthusiastic about the experience, but soon I realized that the only thought made me feel panicky. I tried to write the text of my presentations and practice them at home imagining the audience. However, I felt it was not helpful at all. Finally, I came to the conclusion I had to take a short course in presentation skills.