2. Read the story “Take Care of Yourself” just below it.
Take Care of Yourself
Valerie studies at a big university. At the same time, she maintains a full-time job so that she can pay for her tuition and her living expenses. So Valerie spends most of the day at the office, then goes to class three days a week. She also stays up late at night to study for her classes.
Valerie does not do any physical exercise. Between work and university, she is so busy that she thinks she does not have time for any physical activity.
Sadly, she rarely eats home-made meals. She usually just grabs a bag of chips or a hamburger as she leaves her office to take the bus to university. Since she is convinced that she does not have time to make a healthy dinner when she gets home, she eats lots of pizzas that she orders over the phone.
After dinner, she starts studying and preparing her assignments. Valerie does not sleep very much because of it. She feels grumpy when she wakes up early in the morning, and she is irritable at work. After her long day, she feels tired in class, and it is hard for her to concentrate.
To make matters even worse, Valerie keeps getting sick. This makes her miss work and class. She is miserable! She just wants to feel good. Her grades start to go down because of her illnesses. As she thinks about her whole life situation, she gets so frustrated that she does not even want to study anymore.
During her mid-year break, Valerie decides to make some big changes. First, she learns how to make some easy, healthy recipes. She actually finds that she saves a lot of money by preparing her food herself, and the food tastes much better too! After an early dinner and some quiet reading, Valerie goes to bed early every night. Now she really feels refreshed in the morning.
Then she decides to give something else a try. Her office is not really so far from her university, so one day after work she tries walking there. As she walks down the street, looking at all the people, the shops, and the movement in the city, she remembers how much she hates being stuck on the bus in traffic. In fact, she finds that she can get to class almost as fast by walking. And she is so much happier when she arrives!
When the semester begins, Valerie maintains her healthy habits. She sets time aside on the weekends to study and do her assignments. Because she is sleeping and eating better now, she can finally concentrate and needs to spend much less time studying.
It is a huge improvement. Valerie saves money on food and transportation, she has much more energy, she feels less stressed, and her grades are better. She is glad she finally started to take care of herself. Now she finally enjoys all of her different activities and feels happy about her life.
3. Do the exercises at the bottom of the page.
1. What does «tuition» mean?
a) the money you pay to live in an apartment
b) the money someone pays you to work for them
c) the money you pay to a university to study there
d) the money a university gives you to help you study
2. Read the story “We Are All Born Free and Equal” just below it.
We Are All Born Free and Equal
David lives in a small town with his family. The town is pretty ordinary. Everyone goes to school, everyone goes to work at the town’s factory, and no one asks any strange questions.
But David is different. He does not want to go to school. He wants to work and help his family. He does not want to work at the town’s factory, though. He wants to open his own store. And he always asks these strange questions about «why do you do this?» and «why don’t you do that?»
Everyone laughs at him and no one really takes him seriously. No one except his friend Orlando. Orlando looks at David as a person with his own thoughts and ideas. He treats him respectfully. Orlando likes David, even though they disagree.
Time goes by and David grows his business. His hard work and sharp mind pay off, and he now has a chain of stores. He is a wealthy man.
He rarely comes to visit his hometown. But when he does, there is one thing he always remembers. He always remembers his good friend Orlando, and their respectful friendship. And now that he can, he always helps him in times of need.
Իմ կարծիքով, այս պատմվածքը և՛ տխուր էր, և՛ հետաքրքիր։ Տխուրն այն էր, երբ մայր ձին մահացավ։ Պատճառն այն էր, որ մայր ձին և գայլը կռվում էին, և երբ նրանք երկար էին կռվում, գայլը զգում էր, որ այդ ձին արդեն շատ էր հոգնել։ Նա հասկացավ, որ կկարողանար նրան սպանել, բայց երբ եկան շները, նա հասկացավ, որ շատ տանջվեց, բայց չստացվեց սպանել։ Այսպիսով, երբ շներն եկան և փախցրին գայլին, մայր ձին մահացավ և նրա շուրջը սև էր, քանի որ նա զոհվեց իր ձագուկին պաշտպանելուց, նրա սիրտը, իր սիրելի ձագուկին կորցնելու վախից պայթել էր, և կռվի վայրը ներծծված էր հերոս մոր արյունով։ Իմ կարծիքով, 3 – ը 1 — ի դեմ ճիշտ չէ։ Ստեղծագործության ասելիքն այն է, որ ինչքան էլ դժվար լինի, պետք է ապրել և ոչ մի բանին ուշադրություն չդարձնել։ Եթե լուրջ, ես այս պահին կլացեի, քանի որ մայրը տանջվում էր իր ձագուկին պաշտպանելու համար։