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Essay Sample 13

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Comment on the following statement:

It should be mandatory for all young people to volunteer. 

What is your opinion? Do you agree with this statement?
Write 200-250 words.
Use the following plan:
—    make an introduction (state the problem)
—    express your personal opinion and give 2-3 reasons for your opinion
—    express an opposing opinion and give 1-2 reasons for this opposing opinion
—   explain why you don't agree with the opposing opinion
—    make a conclusion restating your position




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It is of common knowledge that a lot of people volunteer nowadays. Some people believe that it is obligatory for all youngsters to volunteer, whereas others consider that it is not true. They say that volunteering should be optional for everyone.

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I think that teenagers should not be made to volunteer. First of all, young people are preoccupied with their studies and they do not have time to volunteer. For example, if teenagers are forced to volunteer, their academic results will be worse due to lack of time for training. Secondly, work performed under pressure or without payment is performed poorly. Until a teenager understands the importance of volunteering, it is useless to force them to work for free. 

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At the same time there are people who have a different opinion. They consider that all young people should be forced to volunteer. To begin with, forcing youngsters to volunteer can help them develop into proactive citizens. What is more, a teenager’s social circle typically consists of family and school friends. Volunteering gives youth the opportunity to meet people outside of their usual circle. 

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Personally, I do not agree with the opinion mentioned above. Teenagers may become proactive citizens without volunteering. They may simply participate in community activities. In addition, the social circle of modern teenagers is quite wide even without volunteering.

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In conclusion, I would like to say that there are opposing views on this issue. At first sight, obligatory volunteering for all youngsters seems to be efficient. But in actual fact the understanding of the importance of volunteering cannot be overridden by force. Thus, I strongly believe that all volunteering for all youngsters should be optional.

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