English Composition I
The Meaning of Maturity
Being a mature student does not mean being an oldtimer. Maturity is not measured by the number of years a person has lived. Instead, the yardstick of maturity is marked by the qualities of selfdenial, determination, and dependability. Selfdenial is an important quality in a mature student. In general, selfsacrifice is the ability to control ourselves from temptation and seduction. Therefore, a mature student should know what he should do, what he should not do, and overcome the desire which he should not have, in order to achieve success in his future. For example, a mature student should study for his exam, and complete all his homework, before enjoying any spare time activities. Moreover, if a student does not understand something up to the point where he struggles are hurting their academics, he should use his free time to go over the subject matter to make sure that he understands it. Hence, this student would have to put time and effort into to understanding the material, rather than just putting it off. Finally, a mature student who has selfdenial is a person who can control himself to take his responsibilities more seriously. For instance, a mature student who has assignments due on monday, he will finish it instead of going to the movietheater with his friends. In that sense we can say, the student who can organize his time and social life is really a mature student.
Determination is another characteristic of a mature student. Certainly, a mature student must have strong determination to face any frustration and overcome all his difficulties. For example, to most mature students, especially those who study far away from their home, working and studying at the same time to cover the tuition fee and living expenses, determination gives them energy to wake up straight to midnight to do a lot of homework and assignments so that ...
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