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devoted • circle • cram school
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  1. She will finish classes this spring and then write her over the summer.
  2. They are the most parents I have ever seen.
  3. I go to regular school during the week and on the weekends.
  4. They only have a small of friends, but they do a lot with them.
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651 Circle of Friends
Keiko explains why circles (or clubs) are so important to university students.

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Why are the university students so devoted to their clubs more than their class?

If you are emotionally committed to something, you can say that you are 'devoted' to it. Usually when you are devoted to something, it is because it is personally important to you and you are enthusiastic about it. You are not necessarily devoted to things that you are obligated to do. Notice the following:

  1. She is hopelessly devoted to her boyfriend.
  2. We are looking for volunteers who are devoted to the cause.


My students are university students and they are so devoted to their circle or their clubs.

Here, 'circle' refers to a close group of friends. Notice the following:

  1. Her circle of friends completely changed when she went away to school.
  2. He's not really in my circle of friends, but I see him occasionally.

cram school

I think it's because they have been in a way like a prisoner of the cram schools.

A 'cram school' is a private school that helps students prepare for college entrance exams at an accelerated pace. Notice the following:

  1. Her parents made her go to cram school from when she was 14 to 17 years old.
  2. One of the main characters in this book works at a cram school.


I was one of the university festival organizers.

A 'organizer,' in this case, is a person who puts something in order and makes it happen. Notice the following:

  1. We are looking to hire a part-time event organizer.
  2. He recently started working as a wedding organizer.


A lot of my friends told me their graduation thesis was just about 20 pages long.

A 'thesis' is a long essay that is written graduate or post-graduate students. Notice the following:

  1. I almost never talk to her anymore, because she is really busy with writing her thesis.
  2. He wrote his thesis on Cervantes.