A resolution you once made in the new year - Cue Card # 789

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a resolution you once made in the new year.

You should say:

  • what resolution it was
  • when it was
  • why you made this resolution

and explain whether you had been able to keep it or not.

[Instruction: You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer:

Until I had started my university about 8 years ago, I used to be considered a rather “unsocial” or “unfriendly” person because of my “unwillingness” or "inability" to open up myself to other people around me. As a result, people didn’t really like me that much. I didn’t really make much of it until one of my university teachers, many thanks to him, advised me to become a more “friendly and social” person. And that’s when I made a New Year resolution – a resolution to socialize more and more with people around me.

Now, you must be wondering why I needed to wait to make such an important and life-changing resolution until I started university. Well, the answer is I wasn’t only “unsocial”, but also a bit "arrogant". And this “arrogance” actually forced me to believe that I didn’t really need to talk to anybody or need anybody to survive or succeed in this world. Of course, my parents and close relatives had asked me multiple times to display pleasant behaviours in front of others, but I just shrugged them off and decided to go my own way.

But, things got a bit tricky, to say the least, at my university as the people there, especially my classmates, started to avoid me, which started to affect my studies rather negatively.  In fact, I wasn’t really getting any class notes or lessons from my classmates in case I ever had missed my university lectures. Needless to say, that particular university teacher read and understood my situation perfectly and that’s why he gave me the advice to become more “friendly”. 

Thankfully, I didn’t only make the new year’s resolution but also was able to follow through with it for the whole year. Initially, it was a bit difficult for me to carry on with that resolution because, frankly speaking, things had got a bit awkward at times when I wanted to start being friendly, but slowly but surely, I was well on my way to becoming a “friendly” and "social" person that my teacher, as well as other well-wishers of mine, wanted me to be.

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