TOEFL Essay Topic 99 - You have been told that dormitory rooms at your university must be shared by two students. Would you rather have the university assign a student to share a room with you, or would you rather choose your own roommate? Use specific reasons and details to explain your answer.
There are two ways to get a new roommate for people who have to live in shared rooms in dormatories.
There are two ways to get a new roommate for people who have to live in shared rooms in dormatories. One can either have the university officers find a roomate for him or choose roomates himself. I would prefer to choose a roommate myself. They are three obvious reasons for this. Roommate that is assigned by university can have bad character, bad habits, or can disturb my studies.
If one has university officers choose a rommate for him, he might have bad luck and get a roommate with bad character. Such roommate could be not helpfull enough, not very affable or even unpolite. A student who gets roommate by chance risks spending his or her semester in fighting with the roommate. It happens sometimes that students poinson their roommates` lives making them feel uncomfortable about going home.
However, it`s not as bad as having a roommate with bad habits. If one roommate starts smoking, the other one becomes a passive smoker, which is harmful for his or her health. Recent studies show that if a student`s roommate drinks too much alcohol or takes drugs, this student has higher chances to start drinking a lot or taking drugs.
Finally, even if a student can resist such influence of a bad roommate, noisy roommate can disturb his or her studying. It`s very hard to study at home during a drinking party. Many students who can be considered bad roommates come home late and produce a lot of noise. They could talk on the phone loudly or listen to the music, and they wouldn`t care that the other person in the room has to get up at 7.00 am for class.
Thus, as far as I want to prevent possibility or getting a roommate who would be unpleasant to be around, who would have bad habits and who would disturb my studying, I would prefer to choose a roommate myself.
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