IELTS Writing Task 2 : Sample 44

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You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

People attend college or university for many different reasons (for example, new experiences, career preparation, and increased knowledge).

Why do you think people attend college or university? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words


Response 1

University is automatically taken as an obvious step in the stages of every human's life, like an unspoken rule or obligation. It is now thought of as a principal ingredient in any human's recipe for success. Let us discuss what propaganda surrounds this magnanimous step in our lives.

In my opinion, it is an inbuilt idea that the status of education is imperative for having a successful professional career. In our heads, the thought of success immediately equates to a degree and thus a job. Most people do not realise the uncertainty of such a belief. People with degrees are not always guaranteed jobs. The idea of developing a career and excelling at it without a degree and sheer hard work seems to be an increasingly unpopular one. Suffice it to say, I believe that the most common intentions found in those pursuing a tertiary education revolve mainly around the elevated social and professional status or reputation that would come with having a degree under your list of achievements, no matter how little expertise or passion you may have managed to grasp on the subject of the said degree.

For instance, quite a few people simply go to university for the sole purpose of formulating a more credible and attractive CV when it comes to getting a job. The only jobs that come easily without a degree or a ridiculous requirement of experience are low-salary jobs that can hardly maintain the majority of the community. However, a lot of people also go to university for the purpose of pursuing an education about something that interests them, something they have a genuine passion for. For instance, someone who loves helping people and also has a passion and talent for biology and chemistry would pursue an education and, eventually, a career as a doctor.

The rare cases that do not revolve around the unforgiving society or materialistic things are a reminder of the fact that humanity still deserves our faith.

Written by Wardah Razzaq.