In my last two vocabulary posts, I showed you eight “school life” terms that you can use to discuss choices, opportunities, and long-term planning on campus. Today, we’ll review those words. I’ll give you short definitions and example sentences. Next, I’ll show you how these terms might be used in real campus speech through a comic strip.
- Well rounded: Having a good amount of variety or a good balance of different things
Example use: Try to write essays on as many different subjects as possible; professors like to see well-rounded writing.
- Broad range: A group of things that are varied and different from each other
Example use: This campus has international students from a broad range of countries, including Latin American, East Asian, and Middle Eastern countries.
- Take advantage of: Use the opportunities one is given OR unfairly use a person or thing for one’s own benefit
Example use: Take advantage of the education you are getting, so that no one can take advantage of you and make you accept a low-paying job.
- Versus: Opposing each other. In sports, this can be abbreviated as “vs.”
Example use: I really want to go to the Colorado Nebraska football game on campus, but I’m trying to decide between doing my homework versus going to the game.
- Core curriculum: The most important classes in a degree or major
Example use: The core curriculum of my world history degree includes a general writing course and some courses that focus on the two World Wars.
- Practical training/skills: Training or skills that help someone do something important or necessary
Example use: The Academic Skills Center on campus can give you practical training for school life. You’ll learn practical skills like note-taking and time management.
- Workforce: A group of people that work
Example use: I can’t wait to join the workforce after I graduate. I hope I get a job in the software workforce, because I’m majoring in computer science.
- Better off: In a better situation or making a better choice
Example use: After you graduate, you will be better off moving to a bigger city that has more jobs.
Now, read this comic about “Vermin U,” a special university for rats and cockroaches. Notice the way the characters use the words above.
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