College

  • What is the name of your college or university?
  • How many students go to your college?
  • Is your college coed?
  • How many subject are you taking this semester?
  • Who is your favorite teacher?
  • How did you decide which college to attend?
  • What is your typical day at college like?
  • What are three big differences between your college life so far and your high school days?
  • What is your major? Why did you choose your major? Do you have any regrets?
  • What is the most difficult class you have taken so far?
  • Have you ever pulled an all nighter? What was the situation?
  • Have you participated in a college festival?
    • Talk about your experience.
    • Do you think this style of festival is held in Western countries? Why or why not?
  • Are you a member of any student groups? Which ones? What do you do? Are you satisfied with what’s happening with your group(s)?
  • Are there some professors that you can learn from more easily than others?
    • What are the qualities that make you want to study for a certain professor?
  • What are the top three changes you would like to see happen at your university?
  • What do you think of student government?
    • Are you now or have you ever been part of it?
    • Do you think it’s worthwhile?
    • Does participation in student government bring any benefits to the participants? What?
  • What are the top three things you hope to get out of (get as a result of) your university days?
  • In the West, one of the most valued parts of college life is independence.
    • Are you more independent from your parents now than you were in high school?
    • Name some things you can do now that you weren’t allowed to do in high school.
    • Are you as independent now as you would like to be?
  • Talk about relations between upperclassmen and freshmen.
    • What kinds of things do freshmen have to do for “initiation?”
    • What other things do upperclassmen do to freshmen?
    • Were you a victim of “hazing” by upperclassmen? Talk about it.
  • What’s the most difficult class you have taken so far?
  • Are you a member of any student groups (circles or club)?
    • Which ones?
    • Are you satisfied with what’s happening with your group(s)?
  • Are there some professors that you can learn from more easily than others?
    • What are the qualities that make you want to study for a certain professor?
    • Perhaps is it just a matter of class rules and homework demanded?
  • What do you think of student government?
    • Are you now or have you ever been part of it?
    • Do you think it’s worthwhile?
    • Does student government do anything important?
    • Does participation in student government bring any benefits to the participants? What?

For Students who have Graduated from College.

  • What is your fondest memory of your college experience?
  • What is your worst memory of your college experience?
  • Were there any subjects that you just couldn’t seem to master?
  • Were you a good student or did you slack off and procrastinate?
  • Did you have any college romances?
  • What was the hardest thing about going to college?
  • If you could have done something different with your college life, what would you have done differently?
  • Where did you get the money to attend college?
  • Do you feel it is necessary for young people to attend college these days?
    • What happens to people who just stop after high school or even quit high school?
  • Do you wish your college had a better sports program?

Encouragement

  • What do you do to encourage yourself when going through hard times? Does it work?
  • Who do you talk to for encouragement and inspiration?
  • What books offer encouragement and inspiration?
  • Which of your family members encourage you most? How?
  • How can discouragement help us to grow?
  • What do you do when you feel depressed?
  • What could someone do to encourage you when you feel depressed?
  • What are some saying in your country that bring encouragement?
  • What’s the most encouraging book you’ve ever read?
  • Which is better a word of encouragement or a letter of encouragement? Why?
  • Is time a weapon to fight discouragement with? Why? How?
  • How can you motivate others our yourself to have hope when there seems like there’s no hope?
  • Should people just accept whatever comes there way?
  • What are some ways you feel you can make a difference in this world.
  • How can you make this world a better place?
  • How would you encourage a homeless bun who had no friends or relatives?
  • If you suddenly became handicapped, how would you encourage yourself and others?
  • What song encourages you most?
  • Who’s music encourages you most?
  • What television show encourages you most?
  • What person has inspired you the most? How?
  • What celebrity has inspired you most? How
  • What’s your favorite encouraging saying?
  • Do you encourage others when you see them crying? How?
  • What would you want someone to do for you if you were crying publicly because you were deeply hurt inside?
  • How can you fight discouraging thoughts about yourself?
  • When should you see a counselor or psychologist?
  • Can church, temples, mosque or other religious places help bring someone encouragement or inspiration?
  • What religious books do people turn to for encouragement and inspiration.
  • How can you make yourself believe more in yourself.

Favorites

  • What is your best friend’s name?
  • What is your favorite animal?
  • What is your favorite city in the United States?
  • What is your favorite color?
  • What is your favorite country? And why?
  • What is your favorite day of the week? Why?
  • What is your favorite drink in the summer?
  • What is your favorite food?
  • What is your favorite holiday? Why?
  • What is your favorite kind of book?
  • What is your favorite kind of ethnic food?
  • What is your favorite kind of movie?
  • What is your favorite kind of music?
  • What is your favorite kind of pizza?
  • What is your favorite magazine?
  • What is your favorite memory of childhood?
  • What is your favorite movie?
  • What is your favorite pastime?
  • What is your favorite proverb?
  • What is your favorite radio station?
  • What is your favorite season? Why?
  • What is your favorite sport?
  • What is your favorite television program?
  • What is your favorite time of day?
  • What is your favorite TV program?
  • What is your favorite type of sushi?
  • What is your favorite vegetable? Why
    • fruit, meat, salad dressing, etc.)
  • What is your favorite Web site?
  • What was your favorite subject in school?
    • …in high school?
    • …in junior high school?
    • …in elementary school?
  • What’s your favorite smell?
  • What’s your favorite word in English? Why do you like it?
  • Who is your favorite actor?
  • Who is your favorite actress?
  • Who is your favorite athlete?
    • Who is your favorite baseball player?
    • Who is your favorite soccer player?
  • Who is your favorite author?
  • Who is your favorite character from literature?
  • Who is your favorite composer?
  • Who is your favorite musician?
  • Who is your favorite singer?
  • Who is your favorite super-hero? Explain why.
  • Who is your favorite TV star?
  • Who was your favorite singer when you were younger? How about now?
    • In place of singer: actor, actress, baseball player, athlete, …
  • Who was your favorite teacher? Why?
    • …in high school?
    • …in junior high school?
    • …in elementary school?

 

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