Topic: Describe a person who you like to spend time with
I’m grateful to have such a supportive family and a large circle of friends who are always be there for me no matter what. I spend most of my free time surrounded with my beloved friends and family. Even though I love them all to the moon and back, my younger sister, Jade, is the one that’s closest to me.
Jade is seven years younger than me, which might create some sense of generation gap, yet, we still get along well, or at least most of the time. She is in high school now and has a dream of becoming a doctor one day. In term of appearance, we have little in common. By that I mean while I’m kind of tall, she’s relatively short; while I take after my father, she’s my mom’s splitting image. Same thing with our characteristics. I am people-oriented and a true free spirit, Jade, on the contrary, is quite introverted and into stability. Hence, that came as a huge surprise when others acknowledge our strong bond. We’re like 2 sides of the same coin.
No matter how different we are, we have never neglected or abandoned each other. In fact, we are partners in crime in so many impulsive and silly acts that our family has lost count. Once, I tried to play the victim with my uncle as I accidentally broke a crystal vase that my aunt adored, Jade backed me up as we put the blame on our poor cousin. What a shameful act! But that was years ago and we learnt our lesson in a hard way. Another time when my sister’s teacher asked to meet our parents because Jade had ditched class. To her defense, that subject was boring and I was the one who talked to her teacher. In the end, Jade had to serve more time at the library and we kept this from our parents and so were other things. We got each other’s back and we always will because that’s what sisters do and simply because I love her.
QUESTION FOR PART 3
1. How do you usually spend your spare time?
To be honest, I barely have free time between work and study these days. However, whenever I need a break from work or try to loosen myself a little bit, I always turn to music. Music is my religion, so to speak and I don’t know what I would do without it. No matter how awful my day has been or how deliriously happy I am with my new project, music always gets my mood. It offers comfort when I feel down with some smooth melodies and celebrates my success with hard beats, totally understanding. Hence, it is safe to say music is my soulmate.
2. Why do some young people dislike living with old people?
The most common reason might be a large generation gap between youngsters and their senior citizen in terms of mindsets and living style. To be more precise, young people are more open-minded and always up for adventures in comparison to the elder. They live bolder, act more impulsively and refuse to settle for anything less than freedom and big dream while their grandparents are more careful in every decision and take into account possible consequences before making any move. Hence, when living together, they can hardly reach any mutual consent in any aspect. However, there are also exceptions where 2 or 3 generations living in harmony under the same roof.
3. What do you usually do when you hang out with your friends?
Well, the kinds of activities can vary depends on which groups of friends I hang out with. If they are my best friends whom I’ve known most of my life, we will undoubtedly do silly things together regardless how ridiculous it would look on us. For example, one time, we were playing truth or dare when I was forced to stand in the middle of the road singing my heart out Justin Timberlake’s songs. It was one of the most embarrassing moments of my life and of course, as what best friends always did, they recorded it and replayed occasionally anytime we got bored. Though it was distinctly sheepish, it was how we enjoyed our company whenever we hung out.
4. Do you like to spend time on your own or with your family/friends?
I would say I enjoy both equally. I don’t consider myself an extrovert but I love being surrounded by people, whether they’re my family, friends or just someone I meet at a social gathering. I find it intriguing to communicate and get to know people no matter who they are or what their political standpoint is since every individual I talk to gives me a different perspective of life. Therefore, I don’t mind spending time with others. However, whenever I feel the need to contemplate myself or just want to get away from reality, I prefer being on my own.
5. What are the advantages of living with old people?
Old people are like living dictionaries packed with endless stories about lifetime experience and wide bread of knowledge. Though born and raised in different social context, they can always provide youngsters with practical pieces of advice and be a valuable reference sources whenever we are in need. For example, if you get bored with all the facts and dates listed in history books, which are highly informative, yet, tedious, turn to your grandparents and get ready to be inspired by their personal insights and authentic experience. No one knows the stories better than those who have been through it.
6. Should young adults live on their own?
In my opinion, adolescences who have reached their maturity should live apart from their families to be more emotionally and financially independent. This kind of practice is more common in European and American countries compared to their Asian counterparts, which can be explained by traditional lifestyles and mindsets. However, the number of Asian youngsters moving out of their parents’ houses are growing substantially since living on their own not only force them to be more responsible with their lives from washing their own dishes to ironing their clothes, but also offer them certain freedom to pursue what they want.
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