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Updated: Dec 20, 2019

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

In many countries around the world young people decide to leave their parents’ home once they finish school. They start living on their own or sharing a home with friends.

Do you agree or disagree with this approach? Give your opinion.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.



Student: Fernanda from Brazil Word Count: 271 Band Score: 7.0 - 7.5

All over the world, young adults choose to live by themselves or with friends after high school. I strongly agree that living by yourself can increase your maturity and empathy levels. In this essay, I will present my personal experience to show how important it is to live on your own.

To begin with, maturity can be learned with life experience. Firstly, when you live in a share house or alone, you quickly learn how to deal with neighbours peacefully and diplomatically. Secondly, when you have to pay your own bills you become more responsible because you have to face your own problems by yourself. For example, when I was twenty, one of my housemates stole my food from the pantry, so I decided to talk with her to understand what was happening in her life. As a result, I learned that she had not worked for three months and she didn’t have money to afford her bills and food.

Furthermore, dealing with this situation, I was able to learn about empathy. Living with others is incredible because you can come across different cultures and backgrounds which is essential to understand other people and learn to put yourself in their shoes. For instance, after I discovered why my flatmate was stealing my food, I decided to make a group to help her in this difficult situation. Consequently, one of my flatmates introduced her to his boss and she started to work with him.

In conclusion, living on your own helps you to become the best version of yourself. Learning from experience will transform your life and teach you kindness and responsibility.


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