北美考试院 托福写作组 杜薇
Integrated Writing Task
此场考试的综合写作话题不同于以往的学科话题，话题似乎偏向独立写作话题，例如14年3月22日独立写作上午场真题Younger school children should be required to study art and music in addition to math, language, science and history. 从备考角度，这篇综合中的阅读反向和听力的正向观点都可以作为非常好的独立写作分论点的展开角度和思路。
The Independent Task
Doing which activity do you think can help you strengthen the friendship between you and your friend?
1、having a good time together with your friend；
2、solving your friend's problem with him or her.
What is supposed to be the definition of true friendship? Without doubt, real friends are those who would stand by our side to render support in time of need and share joy and happiness in time of pleasure. The criteria of choosing friends differ among individuals. As for me, spending a happy hour with someone may help me establish a new relationship. However, when it comes to the statement which activity can help people fortify the friendship, addressing a friend’s problem with him or her is the better one.
Firstly, there is every reason to emphasize the truth that a friend in need is a friend indeed. In adversity we are able to know if a person really owns the basic qualities of a true friend. In a dilemma, one’s heart could be easily displayed before one’s eyes. If we could only spend joyful hours with our friend but desert him or her when harsh time arrives, we could never be accepted as a reliable friend. We could easily imagine the overwhelming despair at the moment when our friend is ignored by someone who is trusted by him or her. Needless to say, it is better to discontinue the friendship; otherwise this situation might repeatedly occur in the future. Only the one who continues to give emotional and practical support regardless of all the obstacles and personal sacrifices could be cherished as a best friend. Obviously, dealing with a problem with our friend helps reinforce a relationship.
Secondly, tackling a friend’s problem is a great opportunity to show our competence that may help arouse our friend’s respect or love to us. Many factors are considered when we choose a friend, such as same age, interest and value. Admittedly, these factors help people establish a new relationship. However, when taking about how to maintain and strengthen a stable relationship, what matters most is definitely the respect between the two sides. When our friend encounters a problem that cannot be solved by themselves, definitely our friend will appreciate and even worship us thanks to our diligent help and remarkable capability showed during the process. For example, once my friend had a difficulty in managing his own company. Coincidentally, I got the degree of MBA in my university; therefore, I was able to give him feasible and practical suggestions that helped his company get through the trouble. After that, we become even more intimate. Therefore, surviving the difficulty together helps us own the trust and respect from our friend, which contributes to a companionable and long-term friendship.
Admittedly, spending joyful hours together with a partner helps us get rid of loneliness and cope with daily pressure. The comfortable feelings and mental satisfaction that connect the hearts of two people make it possible for us to build an enjoyable friendship. However, this could only be regarded as the prerequisite factor to choose a friend. In other words, having a good time with a friend contributes to establish a new relation rather than strengthen a relation.
Taking into account all the reasons mentioned above, we may safely arrive on the conclusion that solving your friend's problem with him or her helps you make a relationship stronger. Not only does it appeal to the essence of a friendship, but also it helps win the trust and respect from your friend.