I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What are some of the things you need to do to apply for college and succeed in your studies at that level?

HELPFUL TIP: Starting to save money from a very early age will help relieve the stress of having enough money to pay for college. Parents often won’t be able to do it for you.

II. Listening Exercises [Top]

Listen to the conversation by pressing the “Play Audio” button and answer the questions. Press the “Final Score” button to check your quiz.

1. What will happen if the woman doesn’t pay her tuition by the due date?

A. She’ll have to pay a significant late fee.

B. She’ll be required to register again for school.

C. She’ll need to wait a semester to take classes.
2. What is the woman planning to take with her to school from home?

A. some food

B. warm clothing

C. her game system

3. Based on her major, where will she most likely work?

A. at a bank

B. for a school

C. in a national park

4. The father suggests a specific major based on the possibility of _______________.

A. earning a decent living

B. traveling to different countries

C. moving up in the company

5. The man is surprised by the fact that his daughter ________________________.

A. already has a part-time job at school

B. has earned a scholarship for the first year

C. is involved in a serious relationship

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Correct answers:

Daughter: Uh, Dad. Are you going to miss me when I leave for college next week?
Father: Yahoo!

Daughter: No, Dad . . . seriously. I mean you’re always talking about how much money you’ll save on food, hot water, and gas while I am gone.

Father: Of course I will . . . no, uh, well, I’ll mean miss you, of course. No, honestly, I’ll miss and worry about you, and you’ve really tried to prepare yourself. You know, I’m proud of you for that. You know, getting a university degree is a real accomplishment.

Daughter: Exactly.

Father: But, let’s go over the to-do list. Do you have everything ready? I mean, did you pay your tuition and housing fees by the deadline? [Yeap.] Because, you know, if you don’t, you’ll lose your class schedule, and you have to register all over again.

Daughter: Yeah, I paid for that a few days ago.

Father: Okay, did you sign up for the meal plan at the university so you don’t have to eat instant noodles everyday?

Daughter: Yeap. But Mom said I could take some food from home to get me started.

Father: Uhhh, well, yeah. The oatmeal is in the pantry.

Daughter: Dad! Mom said I could take a bag of rice, some canned food, and . . .

Father: . . . and grandpa’s old army rations.

Daughter: Ugh! Not that old stuff. Mom!

Father: Okay, okay. And you know you should set up an appointment to meet with your academic advisor to help you select future classes, right? [Yeah.] You know, business administration will be a great major for you.

Daughter: Well, Dad, uh . . .

Father: And future possibilities . . . a great salary, opportunities to make a difference in the community, and supporting . . .

Daughter: Dad. I changed my major.

Father: What? You changed you major . . . you switched majors!?

Daughter: Yeah. I really thought about it. After talking it over with Mom, I’ve decided to major in wildlife science.

Father: What? What are you talking about?

Daughter: Yeah. I want to degree in wildlife science. You know, analyzing, maintaining, and conserving national forests and wildlife.

Father: What? Uh, uhh . . .

Daughter: Dad. You can close your mouth now. I mean, I’ve ALWAYS been interested in working with nature; [Well.] You know that, and this field will give me the opportunity to live out my dream. [Well . . . ] I’ve also looked through the online university catalog, and I actually qualify for a two-year, full tuition scholarship.

Father: Wait. When did this all happen?

Daughter: I can even go on to graduate school and further my education . . . after Todd and I get married, of course.

Father: Graduate school . . . Todd? Wait, wait, wait!! Who’s Todd? Ah, what’s next?

Daughter: Thanks for the credit card. Mom said it was a present. And I just tried it out to make sure it worked, and I had no problem buying my new laptop computer. [Oh, I’m doomed!] Uh, Dad, where are you going?

Father: Uh, I’ve decided to enroll in night school to get another degree. That’s the only way I’m going to to pay for your college.

Key Vocabulary [Top]
  • yahoo (interjection): shouted when you are excited about something
    Yahoo! I won two tickets to the concert.
  • accomplishment (noun): something successful you do after a lot of hard work
    – The company recognized my father’s accomplishments and gave him a promotion.
  • tuition (noun): the money you pay to take classes and be taught
    – I had to work all summer at two jobs to earn enough money for college tuition.
  • pantry (noun): a small closet or storeroom where food is kept.
    – My sister took a lot of food from the pantry before she left for college.
  • rations (noun): an amount of food given out for each meal, particularly when there is not much available in times of war or emergency
    – The soldiers survived on rations during the darkest days of the war.
  • talk it over (phrasal verb): discuss a problem or situation before you make a decision
    – You really need to talk it over with your parents before you decide to transfer to another school.
  • analyze (verb ): examine carefully
    – The rescue workers quickly analyzed the situation before they entered the building.
  • maintain (verb): take care of something so it stays in good condition
    – You really need to maintain all of your hiking gear in good condition because you never know when you’ll need it.
  • conserve (verb): protect something from destruction or loss
    – If the missing hikers conserve their energy and food, they should be able to survive a few more days.
  • live out (phrasal verb): do something you have planned or hoped for
    – Although my grandfather was quite old, he was able to live out his dream of graduating from high school, something he wasn’t able to do 60 years ago.
  • further (verb): help forward or promote
    – The university wants to further educational opportunities by providing additional scholarships.
  • be doomed (verb): certain to die or be destroyed
    – My sister’s plan to go to college was doomed from the beginning because she had terrible grades in high school, and she hadn’t saved any money for tuition.
  • enroll in (verb): go to or attend
    – More and more students are enrolling in computer science because they see a future in that field.