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Reading Hall  » Toefl Writing Practice - 4 / Topic 1

     People attend a college or a university for the following reasons, to acquire knowledge which is necessary for a career, to contribute to society, and to experience life. 

     Firstly college education is a necessary step for a person who wants to start a career in science and technology areas. If a student wants to become a scientist, it is important for him to go to a science school; if he wants to be an engineer, an engineering school is the best place for him. 

     There is no other place than a college where a student can get a sophisticated education in order to be qualified to become a professional in a specific area. 

     Secondly, a college education can benefit both society and the student. By attending college one can get himself prepared for and contribute to the society, which seems to demand advanced knowledge more and more. On the other hand, as knowledge plays a very important role in today’s economy, it has also become the capital and asset of the person who owns it: a college education can bring wealth not only to the society but also benefit the individual who processes it. 

     In addition, a college education is a wonderful experience in one’s life. Only in a college one can be taught by the finest scholars and meet with the most intelligent people in the nation. Education can also bring happiness to the student. When a student has conquered a difficult mathematical problem, he savours the joy which learning has brought to him, and feels that he is the happiest man in the world. 

     Of course, learning on campus does not mean as much for everybody, but it does mean a lot to me. I was brought up in a knowledge-respecting family. My father is an engineer and my mother is a teacher in a primary school. They are both university graduates. My father, being the most influential person in my life and the son of a poor Chinese farmer, did change the destiny of his own by learning hard to earn a university degree. Therefore he firmly believes that “knowledge can change one’s destiny and the university is the best place to achieve one’s goal”. Of course, this influenced me. I strongly believe that attending university is the best choice for me. I do not have a bit of hesitation to attend a university. 

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