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"a walking encyclopedia" = someone who seems to know everything

"My roommate would do well on a trivia game show. He's a walking encyclopedia."

"have the right stuff" = have the needed skills to succeed

"Susan has the right stuff to get into any school she chooses."

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College Life
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

easyschool life conversationman - woman01:25

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Whether you are trying to get an online MBA or just going to a local college, there are a number of things you have to consider including location, cost, and the reputation of school. What factor is most important to you?

HELPFUL TIP: If you're interested in a university degree, you might be able to get one online in your field. Many universities offer such programs.

Can using a credit card be a dangerous thing?

2. Listening Exercises [Top]

First, listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button, and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. What does the man want to do after he graduates?
A. He wants to become a teacher.
B. He hopes to go on to graduate school.
C. He'd like to work at a hotel.

2. What is the woman majoring in?
A. history
B. French
C. computer science

3. How does the woman pay for college?
A. She has a part-time job.
B. She received a scholarship.
C. Her parents are paying for it.

4. Where does the man work part-time?
A. at a bakery
B. in a library
C. at a restaurant

5. What thing did the man NOT say about his job?
A. His co-workers are friendly.
B. He works long hours.
C. The pay is okay.

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3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
Interview another student about the topics below and report your findings to the class:
  • online education programs and graduate schools
  • entrance requirements and exams
  • classroom environment
  • teacher-student relationship
  • student housing
  • part-time employment
  • club activities

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Finding the right school for you can be a long and complicated process, and school advertisements often make the process even more difficult. What advertising techniques do colleges and universities use to get the attention of prospective students? What factors are important to you when choosing a school? Compare the Web sites of two schools that provide the types of educational experience you are looking for and evaluate them based on the types of classes they offer, the cost of tuition, the reputation and experience of the instructional staff, and finally the learning/cultural opportunities in the local community in which the school is located.

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