Community Service Requirement
A university education should encourage students to engage with the world around them, but I see less and less of that engagement on campus today. I propose, therefore, that the university make community service, such as working with the local children in town, a mandatory activity for all university students before they graduate. Creating a community service requirement is a good idea because it would strengthen the relationship between our school and the town. Additionally, in fulfilling the requirement, many students would discover a love of service that would inspire them to a lifetime of volunteer work in their future communities.
<-NARRATOR:-> Now listen to two students discussing the letter.
<-FEMALE STUDENT:-> So what do you think of that letter?
<-MALE STUDENT:-> Well, it might sound like a good idea, but I really don’t think it’s gonna have any of the benefits that the letter writer says it will.
<-FEMALE STUDENT:-> So you don’t agree with it.
<-MALE STUDENT:-> Nope. If anything, it’s gonna hurt our relationship with the town.
I mean forcing students to volunteer, it’s gonna make them see it as a chore, a nuisance,
and so they’re not gonna put their hearts into it, which is gonna make the university look bad.
<-FEMALE STUDENT:-> You’re saying that students doing volunteer work in town will be unenthusiastic and...
<-MALE STUDENT:-> Right. It’ll be obvious they don’t want to be there.
That’s sure not going to make things better, you know, in terms of how we’re regarded by people in the local community.
<-FEMALE STUDENT:-> But maybe students would learn to like it…<-MALE STUDENT:-> I really doubt it.
The whole idea that this is gonna encourage students to do more volunteering in the future is just ridiculous.
A lot of students are likely to come away from the experience with negative feelings about it.
<-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Yeah, especially if their studies suffer from being forced to spend time away from them.
<-MALE STUDENT:-> All the students I know already complain about not having enough time as it is.
So this extra work is going to be a bad experience--hardly inspiration for them to pursue more volunteer work after they graduate.
The man expresses his opinion of the student’s proposal in the letter. State the man’s opinion and explain the reasons he gives for holding that opinion.