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Man facing away in t-shirt that says "BELIEVE" on the back

Talk about a person in your life who has inspired you. Describe the person and explain why you found him/her inspirational.

Group of children sitting on the edge of a pool by a beach splashing with their feet

What is your happiest childhood memory? Describe it in detail. Say what happened, and try to say how you felt then and how you feel now looking back.

Train track junction where one branch splits off from another

Describe a moment when your life changed forever. What happened? How is your life different now? What did you think and feel? Do you wish you could go back to your life before it happened?

Growing up, I always wanted to be either an astronaut or Peter Pan. What did you always want to be? What do you do now? How close are you to your dream?

Start like this: 

When I was a kid, I always wanted to be a...

Young man working at an office desk

What was your first job after you graduated from university? Did your university studies prepare you for it?

Diverse young women and one older woman in French train station with luggage

Have you ever lived abroad to study or work for a long time? Think about these things when writing your answer:

  • Did the experience change you in any way? How?
  • Did your thoughts or feelings about your country change? How?
  • What did you miss about home?
  • Did you realise that there are some things about your home country that could be done better or differently?
Man in car with flat tire giving thumbs-up sign

Have you ever had any problems when you traveled? What happened? Have you ever had a really terrible experience? Describe it.

Crowded beach in Amalfi, Italy

Think about a trip you went on (good or bad). Describe the trip. Write about what you would do differently if you went to that place again. Explain why you would do things differently and how that would change your experience of the place.

Be sure to use vivid language and anecdotes in your answer. (See Examples and hints.) 

Two boys looking in awe at something above them

If you have traveled, write about the place that had the biggest impact on you. Where did you go? What happened and how did it change you?

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