1. Are there some professors that you can learn from more easily than others? What are the qualities that make you want to study for a certain professor?
  2. Are you a member of any student groups (circles or club)? Which ones? Are you satisfied with what’s happening with your group(s)?
  3. Are you as independent now as you would like to be?
  4. Does participation in student government bring any benefits to the participants? What?
  5. Have you ever pulled an all nightery? What was the situation?
  6. Have you participated in a college festival? Talk about your experience. Do you think this style of festival is held in Western countries? Why or why not?
  7. How did you decide which college to attend?
  8. How many students go to your college?
  9. How many subject are you taking this semester?
  10. In the West, one of the most valued parts of college life is independence. Are you more independent from your parents now than you were in high school?
  11. Is your college coed?
  12. Name some things you can do now that you weren’t allowed to do in high school.
  13. Talk about relations between upperclassmen and freshmen.
  14. Were you a victim of “hazing” by upperclassmen? Talk about it.
  15. What are the qualities that make you want to study with a certain professor? Perhaps is it just a matter of class rules and homework demanded?
  16. What are the top three changes you would like to see happen at your university?
  17. What are the top three things you hope to get out of (get as a result of) your university days?
  18. What are three big differences between your college life so far and your high school days?
  19. What do you think of student government? Are you now or have you ever been part of it? Do you think it’s worthwhile? Does student government do anything important?
  20. What is the most difficult class you have taken so far?
  21. What is the name of your college or university?
  22. What is your major? Why did you choose your major? Do you have any regrets?
  23. What is your typical day at college like?
  24. What kinds of things do freshmen have to do for “initiation?”
  25. What other things do upperclassmen do to freshmen?
  26. What’s the most difficult class you have taken so far?
  27. Who is your favorite teacher?

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