60. Libraries and sports
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Universities should give the
same amount of money to their students’ sports activities as they give to their university
libraries. Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.
Some people believe that universities should give more money for the sports activities. They
claim that importance of libraries and sports are the same. I can not completely agree with this
statement. In the following paragraphs I will give some basic reasons why I think that way.
I am a former student and I know all advantages that can be given by libraries. First for all, it
is the cheapest way to prepare for the incoming lecture, to do the homework, to make a research
and just to read some books. From my point of view, it is very important to supply the libraries
with the new books, magazines, journals and newspaper. Second of all, libraries are the places
where students can spend a few hours reading between lectures if their schedule does not allow
them to go home. So, libraries must be light and large enough, have comfortable chairs and
tables. A third reason, why a good library is so significant for a student, is that it is a free access
to computers and an Internet. If a student can not allow to buy himself a computer or an access to
the Internet he can use it there. I like libraries because it is a good place to meet and
communicate with each other, serf the Internet looking for the last news, read some books that
you do not want to buy and just relax to the accompaniment of the pages.
As for sports activities, I think it must be up to a person. First of all, he or she goes to a
university to gain knowledge, not lose some weight or work out. Second of all, a student must
arrange his or her time in order to have time to exercise. However, I must say that every
university should have a few playing-fields, a pool and a fitness center where students may have
a rest after strained days.
One more reason to have really good libraries is that it can save not only money but time for
students. A person has not to drive to the bookstore to get materials he or she is looking for. So,
a library can save time that then can be spent on a sport.
To summarize, I think libraries must stay the main resource of knowledge. So, if a university
has some extra money they should be spent on the new books, new software and new equipment
for the libraries.
61. Long or short vacations