Sunday, December 26, 2010

TOEFL Essay - small and big schools

Q. Some students prefer to attend a small university. Others prefer to attend a big university. Discuss the advantages of each. Then indicate which type of university you prefer? Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.

Small universities these days have aggressive recruiting tactics. They pester you in the mail before high school is over. At the end of 11th grade I had a full mailbox. My mailbox was my communication with the outside universe, and yet, despite these interplanetary pledges of scholarships and financial aid, I found myself wanting the charm of big spaces and big faculties. I wanted immense faculty payrolls and the learning only a large university can promise. Both small and big schools provide their students with different exploration, and both offer a full range of disadvantages too, some of which I'll discuss. I will probably only have very small breath at the end with which to voice my preference. I assume dear readers understand.

Small schools have small school problems like money and athletics. Small schools have personalized business that each students gets down to, and the professors care about what they teach. However, tiny groups of academic institutions have little bargaining power because they have no money. They cannot put anything in their mouth and bark and expect the government to listen to their bite. As little recipients of money matters come their way, these small educational repositories intend to promote athletes but without money, cannot pull big names off of the big schools' minds. So now let's talk about big places of learning.

More populous universities receive money and athletes, but you become one in a large number. Each student is assigned a number, and this is your identification. No two are alike, and yet, in a pile of numbers, students find anonymity; they are allowed to flourish behind closed doors, and fulfill their research potential outside the confines of small walls small schools furnish. It's because of this last desire, that others might leave us alone to brandish, that it's the large schools where my preference lies.

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