A Formal Complaint
April 18th, 2015
I am writing to you to file a formal complaint about a sim card I bought from your company. The day I got it from Jingdong, I found it can take in-calls but cannot call out. Immediately I went back to the store to change it, but the salesgirl was not very helpful. So I now kindly request either a change of it or you refund me. I am looking forward to your reply.
A Recommendation Letter
April 18th, 2015
Professor Chao, my teacher, from the PE Dept. is looking for an interpreter who can do the English-Chinese translation at the Sino-U.S Exchange Conference held next Tuesday. I mentioned your name to her, who said she was deeply impressed by your performance in The Campus English Debate Competition. I think you are qualified for the job, since you excel in English and have had some experience of interpreting. And since we need to get the person fixed by this Friday. Please give me a call if you think it OK.
A Congratulation Letter
April 18th, 2015
I am pleased that you have passed The National Entrance Examinations and been accepted by Fudan, I feel proud of you and you certainly deserve if since you have been working so hard. Of course, you will find college life exciting, fresh and different from our school life. You will need to learn to be independent making your decision, doing laundry on your own, taking care of your own finance. Once you get to know the difference, you certainly won’t find the adaptation too difficult.
A Letter to President
April 18th, 2015
I am a sophomore of The Dept of Law. My name is Eric Lin. I am writing to you to intimate you with something undesirable I find in our library. Some seats in the reading rooms are forever vacant reserved seats. And some students are too noisy, talking among themselves, leaving mobile phone beeping and eating at their seat. Dear president please do something to bring back our cozy, quiet and effective library.
Do Certificates Really Mean Anything?
Nowadays, there’s appears a tendency that college students go out of their way to attend various examinations for boasting a variety of certificates indicative of their versatile skills. They take it for granted that more certificates equal to greater abilities. However, as far as I am concerned, a certificate is something but not everything.
For one thing, what certificates mean is merely the fact that one has passed the examination but not the proof that one is qualified enough to engage in all the related works. The ability to manage the practical work still, more often than not, leaves them a long way to go. For another, students who hold insensible expectations about certificates are likely to put too much emphasis on the so-called form but turn a blind eye to the down-to-earth practice. They are more expected to end up with taking a loss rather than making a profit in the end because the recruiting companies prefer the students who are capable of putting their book knowledge into daily use.
To sum up, if students are merely certificate holders, especially when they are hunting a job, they are simply to put the cart before the horse. Instead, what they need to do is to integrate the certificates with the development of their competence.
Which is More Important? Knowledge from Experience or from Books?
“Experience is the best teacher” is an old cliché, but I agree with it. The most important, and sometimes the hardest, lessons we learn in life come from our participation in situations. You can’t learn everything from a book.
I think that the most important lessons can’t be taught; they have to be experienced. No one can teach us how to get along with others or how to have self-respect. As we grow from children into teenagers, no one can teach us how to deal with peer pressure. As we leave adolescence behind and enter adult life, no one can teach us how to fall in love and get married. This shouldn’t stop us from looking for guidelines along the way. Teachers and parents are valuable sources of advice when we’re young. As we enter into new stages in our lives, the advice we receive from them is very helpful because they have already had similar experiences. But experiencing our own triumphs and disasters is really the only way to learn how to deal with life.
To conclude, knowledge gained both from experience and from books have their respective roles to play in our life. However, in my view, I think the former one is more important than the latter one.
Reading the Classics
Reading the classics plays a vital role in one’s growth. By reading classic works, one can learn a great deal about the world, including history, geography, customs and people’s thoughts. Besides, as these classics are the outstanding representative works in human language, reading them can enormously improve our reading and writing skills. Nowadays, however, people become increasingly aware of the horrible fact the number of people who would like to read classics is diminishing and there are several reasons.
A variety of factors may have contributed to this condition, but the critical one is that people can find little time to indulge themselves in thick and serious works as the pace of life and work quickens. They would rather read light and easy magazines or surf the Internet and do online reading. In addition, most classics depict things far away from our real life, which makes reading them seem irrelevant. Under the pressure of fierce competition in work and studies, people turn to some practical readings that can help them face the challenge of work or exam.
As college students, we should shoulder the responsibility for inheriting and developing cultural heritage. Therefore, it is essential that we should make plans to read classics regularly. Besides, we should try to talk people around us into reading them.
Awards and Prizes
Few things can arouse so much interest and attention among young people as an award or prize does. A prize or award, whether it’s the Nobel Prize, the Academy Award, or “Best Handwriting” Prize, is important. Such prizes can have economic, personal, and social effects that enrich the life of the recipient.
Prizes like the Nobel Prize can be a cash award. But even for prizes that don’t give cash award, like the Academy Award, an actress who wins Best Actress will be offered more roles and a higher pay than actresses who don’t win the award. Even for the elementary student who received the school’s Best Handwriting award may get a congratulations gift. The personal benefits of receiving any award are evident. Any award winner is pleased that he or she has been recognized for his or her work. When people receive the Academy Award, they often cry they are so happy. Everyone likes to be with a winner. A person who gets a prize even the Best Handwriting prize often has many new, best friends. A winner’s social life is much better than a loser’s social life.
Awards serve a very useful purpose in that their economic, personal, and social benefits add to the recognition that they are more than a mere vane glory and empty pledge of encouragement.