Valuable Campus Life
Time is money. This phrase used by Benjamin Franklin is usually true in our daily life, and campus life is no exception. Especially in the United States, tuition fees for public university also cost a lot. At the University of Alabama, undergraduate non-residents have to pay 11,475 dollars per semester, while enrolled hours are between 12 and 16 (Undergraduate Campus Student Tuition). Of course, students have to pay additional fees if they want to learn more credits in one semester. Classes last from January 9th to April 26th in spring 2013 in the UA, even though let us separate tuition fees in four months, students still have to pay almost 3,000 dollars per month, which is 100 dollars per day. Based on the data above, we need to make our campus life deserve such an expensive tuition. What kind of campus life is valuable? In my opinion, valuable campus life should consist of three elements, which are studying well, doing more reading and keeping healthy.
The word "university" is derived from the Latin, which means “the community of teachers and scholars” (Chisholm). Without a doubt, our purpose to study in the university is to learn something, and a valuable campus life should provide a good environment for academic study and social experience. In fact, the most important point a valuable campus should have is the free academic environment. People can express their opinions and ask any questions freely, just as my business law instructor, Allan Triple, said “There are no stupid questions.” Because most of our purposes to study in universities are to learn something, and GPA is one way reflect what we had learned and how well we did in university, so a valuable campus life also need to offer us an suitable environment to study. Some universities will not allow students to study aboard or give internships unless they have a certain GPA. Also, some scholarships require a certain GPA. Some people may argue that getting a high GPA is not my purpose, what they need is to just pass the exam. That is also one way to enjoy campus life. Nevertheless, this is not that valuable. Students pay the same tuition for high education, but some who work hard finally get a high GPA and get more opportunities and who spend much more time on parties have to worry about their jobs in the future. It is fair that university provide so many sources for students, like the libraries, study rooms and laboratories. That is campus life and that is what homes, companies cannot offer. Spend more time on what we can experience and also benefit our future now. However, who have high GPA may only do nothing but study as a nerd. Apparently High GPA is not the only one we need in the university, we still need to experience more. One of reasons why we spend so much money in university is that the university offered us lots of opportunities to take part in various activities. We can take part in some volunteer activities. It is not just for fun, it also helps us experience more and be able to connect the reality and theories we learned in class. Some people may say they have no time to do that. Actually, I think if you try to spend one or two days to think about what you are going to do in the future, and how to realize it, you will have less excuses. A campus life also need to give students helpful advises on study or daily life. College is like cross roads in our life and it is common to be confused about the future in the university and a valuable campus life help us out of the bad situation. Professors have office time and so students can have conversations with them and learn what they really need and their direction on campus and after graduation. Finally, some students spent hundreds of thousands of dollars and several years on campus, but the returns still depend on how much you spend on study.
Doing well on study is really helpful for us to get a good job and make campus life valuable. However, that is far from enough. Doing...
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