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In chain Campus Life
« on: April 14, 2008, 07:34:07 PM »
In chain Campus Life

There are some noticeable aspects of campus life in China's universities. Almost all institutions provide food and boarding for students on campus, and consequently a typical student enrolled in a university live in a dormitory room which she/he share with from 1 to 7 people, and eat in the dinning halls on campus.

Life in universities is regarded by almost all students as the most colorful period in their life, though some may be discontent with the administration or education quality of their universities. Classes in most universities are arranged from early morning (usually 8am) to late evening (usually 10pm), and like in western universities, students select their own class schedule before the beginning of each semester, although an emphasis on major exists in China and a considerable proportion of a student's curriculum design is required by her/his major. Students take more classes than in other countries like the U.S., it is not rare that an undergraduate in China take 7 or 8 classes a semester, but this is definitely at the cost of the depth and time of practice for each class. Also, switching majors is still very hard, if not impossible, in many universities in China. Many students tend to consider the university administration in China not flexible enough to satisfy the needs of individual students.

The closeness of students objectively resulted by their living environment--especially crowded dormitories and dinning halls--has become the hotbed for the prosperity of entertainment culture as well as student organizations of all sorts on China's university campuses. Compared with former generations of university students in mainland China, nowadays students enjoy great freedom and diversity of activities both within and outside their campuses. However,

University students in China since 1990s generally have become more ego-centric, less interested in politics but much deeper influenced by consumption culture than students in the 1980s. However, in recent years, volunteer groups and spontaneous student actions of charity nature have emerged and developed quickly.

Generally speaking, in recent years, together with the great social diversity and general freedom in China and the economy booming in China's cities, university life has included much more content which however may be also potential distractions to study than ever before: socializing, entertainment, attending internships, to just list a few, and especially the pandemic addiction to computer games and online chatting, which according to some professors in China have led to drop of learning morale as well as study performance in many universities. Also due to the ingrained emphasis on rote learning, many students do not study hard and postpone finishing homework for most part of every semester, and only cram right before the exam weeks. However, undeniably, the new generation university students are also feature by much broader view and perhaps greater critical thinking ability than former university students in China, and they are also more conscious of their own rights in the society and in their universities


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