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University Life - Questions and Answers

"What high school did you attend?"
Before we answer this question, keep in mind that a foreigner will not be asked this question.  Usually they will not ask a foreigner because they think that they will not know the high school you mention.  But it is still good to know how to say such things.
"I went to Lynnwood High."
"Lynnwood High"
"I went to a high school in San Francisco."
"A high school in Olympia."

"What are you going to major in?"
"I haven't decided, but I'm leaning towards biology."
"I'm thinking about majoring in psychology."

Universities in the States are a little different than others.  You don't choose your major until you are in your 3rd year.  Basically, you apply to get into a major your junior year and if accepted, you have a major.  If you get turned down, you have to find a different major, or spend another semester or year trying to get in.  That's why you see so many people not graduate after 4 years.  The problem is that they do not know what to major in.

"How many credits are you taking?"
"I'm taking eighteen credits this quarter."
"I'm only taking 10 credits this semester."
"I'm taking 20 credits this semester."

"What classes are you taking?"
"I'm taking chemistry 135, math 231, and English 101."
"This quarter I'm taking Intro to Sociology, Basics of Music Composition, and Spanish 101."

"What year are you?"
"I'm a junior."
"I'm a freshman."
"I'm a fourth year junior."
"I'm a fifth year senior."

If you wonder how you can be a fourth year junior or a fifth year senior, you must understand that the number of credits you have completed represents what level you are.  So a fourth year junior is someone who has been in school for four years, but has the same credits as a junior.

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