TOEFL Essay Topic 14 - Some people believe that university students should be required to attend classes. Others believe that going to classes should be optional for students. Which point of view do you agree with? Use specific reasons and details to explain your answer.
Eating meals with family
In Japan, where I currently live, some people think it is not important to eat meals with family. However, I definitely disagree with the idea that it is not important for family to regularly eat their meal together. To give the most rational explain to my answer, I will present some clear reasons and examples through my experience below.
First of all, eating foods with family broaden people’s horizons. Eating together gives them very unique opportunities to talk with their family, and they can realize that their view is somewhat limited through talking with others. It is because they can notice that other people have different opinions and views. By realizing that, they can also deepen their perspective and thought. To take my example, when I was a junior at the University of Tokyo, in Japan, I took an English presentation class. I discussed a group work with my classmates in the class. At first, there were a lot of opinions and conflicts, but in the end we compiled good points of each opinions and made a presentation. By doing that, we got the highest grade, because our presentation was argued from various aspects. If I had not talked with classmates and listened to their opinions, I could not have deepened my perspective and gotten the grade score. As the example above illustrates, eating foods with family broaden people’s horizons.
In addition, if people eat their meals with family, they can save money. By using such extra money, they can also challenge their dream. To give personal example, I am studying English hard now, because I have a dream to go to an American university to get an MBA next year. However, getting an MBA costs me a lot of money, such as tuition, rent, living expense, and so on. Thus, I have to cut the expense as much money as I can. Last year, I lived alone away from my family, which cost me much. Hence, I decided to live together with my family. Then, I have had breakfast every day with my family, because my mother is good at cooking. The last day, I realized I had a lot of deposit in my account. I could have saved money through eating with my family. Thanks to this money, I can challenge my dream. As the example above shows, eating foods with family allows people to save money.
In conclusion, for the reasons mentioned above, I absolutely believe that it is important for family to eat their meal together every day.
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