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Read the passage carefully. Then choose the correct answer.
 
It is every school student's dream to become a university student one day. However, some dreams are not realised due to poor academic performance. For those who achieve their dreams, they will face challenges in university. Being a university student demands a lot of of hard work and perseverance. Students are also on their own and have to manage their affairs independently. For example, they need to manage time, decide who they want to be friends with, manage their money and cope with emotions. Sometimes conflicting issues impinge on their study time, so they should know how to handle these wisely. Being able to adapt to university life helps students focus on their studies. There are many ways that students can adapt to university life.

First, they should know that they are not the only ones facing a new environment. There are others, too, who are trying to cope with a strange environment. For example, those from big cities with lots of entertainment will have a tough time adjusting to a new place with less entertainment. Students from faraway places especially foreign students from overseas also have to make huge adjustments. Almost everyone on campus is in a similar situation. Students should tell themselves they are at university to study and acquire knowledge for a better future. They should also know they need to go through tough and challenging situations before achieving success. By thinking positively they can overcome feelings of homesickness.

Next, students should consider socialising. They should not let feelings of homesickness prevent them from socialising with fellow students. Socialising with others enhances soft skills and eliminates feelings of boredom and loneliness. It can also foster new friendships with students from different backgrounds. Stories can be shared and learning from each other's experiences will gradually eliminate negative feelings. Furthermore, there are many clubs in the university that organise activities that students can join in and participate. For instance, the debate club, the cultural club or other sports and recreational activities. Participation in these activities helps kill time. These activities also give opportunities for students to represent the university at national or international levels of competitions.

Furthermore, students need to behave responsibly. Since they are no longer school students, they are now responsible for their actions. They are in a position to determine their own destiny with the help of people around them. People merely guide and give advice but the decision is theirs on what to do and what not to do. Their choices determine their future. They are also responsible for managing time because they have to meet assignment deadlines, be punctual for group meetings and discussions, and also have time for recreation and self.

Parents have limited control over their children once they are at university. Students, therefore, need to have a sense of responsibility and commitment towards their studies as this will ensure success in projects and assignments. They also have to be regular and punctual in attending classes and tutorials. Having a good attitude and putting in effort go a long way in securing good grades and doing well academically and socially.

Lastly, students should develop both soft skills and hard skills as these ensure better job prospects upon graduation. To acquire good hard skills, students need to work hard to achieve good grades. To polish soft skills, students need to socialise with others. Participating in activities organized by the university such as community activities and also contributing ideas to discussions will further enhance problem-solving and decision-making skills as well as critical thinking skills.

To summarise, student life at university is challenging and requires a lot of adjustment on the part of students. In order to survive and stay competitive at university, students must adapt to the new environment and develop a positive outlook. Years later, when looking back at their university years, students will treasure the time spent there because these are the best years in one's life!

     
    Using contextual clues, find a word with the same meaning as the following words from the passage.
  1. impinge
  2. achieving
  3. foster
  4. securing
  5. polish
     
    Answer the questions below based on the passage.
  1. What makes university life difficult for a new student ?
  2. What can new students do to enjoy university life ? List three activities.
  3. In your opinion, why do parents have limited control over their children in university ?
  4. What does the author mean by saying 'kill time', as stated in paragraph III.
  5. Decide whether the following statements are true or false. Write 'T' for a true statement and 'F' for a false statement.
    a) Students should prioritise their work when they are in university. ( ___ )
    b) Socialising with others help students build friendships. ( ___ )
    c) All students feel homesick and lonely when they are studying at university. ( ___ )
    d) Students can participate in community work to enhance their soft skills. ( ___ )
     
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    Answers
     
1.   affect
2.   getting
3.   develop
4.   obtaining
5.   improve
     
1.   It requires a lot of hard work. / They need to be independent in university.
2.   Should realise they are not the only ones facing a new environment.

Need to socialise with others.

Need to behave well.

Should work hard academically. ( Accept any three answers )

3   Their children do not live with them anymore. Besides, youth like to assert their independence, making it difficult for parents to tell them what to do.
4.   To while away their time
5.   a) T   b) T   c) F   d) T
     
 
 
 
 

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