Essays by Keisuke Miyata

Vacation for students

October 29th, 2017

Some people believe that students should be given one long vacation each year, while others believe that students should have several short vacations throughout the year. As far as I am concerned, I strongly believe that students should have one long vacation each year. I will present two reasons that support my idea. First of all, having a long vacation enables students to experience other culture. To give my personal example, when I was a third grade student, my parents took me to a trip to United States. I was overwhelmed by the big differences in many aspects from my home country Japan and I tried to have communication with people living there. In Japan, most people living in this country is Japanese but in United States, I found that various races consists the society. Having talked with them, I also found that not all the people speak perfect English and for some people English is not their mother tongue. At that time, I thought that this case will not fit to Japan because it is very difficult to live in Japan without a high level of Japanese skill as many people only speak Japanese and where ever you go, for example restaurants, the menu is only written in Japanese. In the end, I learned many cultural differences from this trip and this was the start of me studying cultures of various countries. This example clearly shows that long vacation gives students an opportunity to experience other culture. Secondly, short vacation only gives students a rest and difficult to provide educational opportunity. It is very important for students to have a rest but also they should be given some educational opportunity as well. However, short vacation (for example three to four day vacation) is too short for them to take part in such educational opportunities. At least what they can do is studying at home but this has no difference with usual weekends. So the other option will be hanging out with friends and this is also good but in terms of education, it is obvious that this option is limited effect. So in the end, short vacation will not provide students with an educational opportunity. In conclusion, it is true that there are a lot of people who disagree with my opinion. However, considering the reasons mentioned above, I am convinced that students should have one long vacation each year rather than having several short vacations throughout the year.

Grades encourage students to learn

July 24th, 2017

I agree with the concept that grades encourage students to learn because of the below three reasons. First of all, I think that grades would be an incentive for students to study hard. If your grades were exposed to all of your classmates, you would probably study hard not to gain shameful grades. When I was in high school, I felt so embarrassed because my grade in mathematics was the worst grade in the class and many of my friends laughed at my result. However, after I received this grade, I studied mathematics every day and finally I have gotten the second highest grade in the class. Thus, from this experience I think that grades will encourage students to study hard. Secondly, grading students is good in terms of knowing your strengths and weak points. I assume that if you recognize your strengths, you can deepen your strengths to be more professional in particular field and on the other hand, if you understand your weak points you can overcome with those weak points. For instance, when I was a college student, some of the subjects were good grades and some of them were not. I found out myself that I am good at Economics but not Ethics. This finding changed my life as I decided to deepen my strengths in Economics in order to make the world better in terms of economics and finally I became an investment banker. From this finding I think grades will be a benchmark to know you deeply. Thirdly, I think that grades encourage competing with other students. The reason why I think competing with others is good is because competition enhances the standard level of students. If there are no competitions, no one will study hard and students will be lazy. In conclusion, from above points I raised I think that grades are essential for students to learn.

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