What do my hobbies bring to my life?
My hobbies are not only wide-ranging but also useful. In my view, everyone should have intellectual hobbies as well as an interest in physical activities.
In terms of intellectual hobbies, I really like learning Chinese characters. Normally I might study Chinese characters for an hour a day. Last time I counted, I estimated that I know around 2500 Chinese characters. It’s obvious that I spend too much time studying Chinese characters, so I ought to study other aspects of the language more. Apart from languages, I’m also interested in technology. I think that computers can help students use more effective study methods. I use all kinds of software to study Chinese. Of those, the one I use most often is a flashcard system.
I often read English and Chinese blogs online. Because the Chinese blogs use a lot of slang, I usually don’t understand them that well, but I still think it’s good for my Chinese. I also run my own website, to try and record my progress and to help other people a little bit.
As for physical exercise, although I loathe most sports (I think they’re really boring), I do like going to the gym to lift weights. Every other day I go with a friend; we lift weights whilst chatting together. Because there’s the chance to help each other, as well as some healthy competition, I think going to the gym with friends is the best way. When you’re about to have exams, lifting weights really does relieve stress, and it’s also good for your mind and body.
All in all, I think my hobbies are balanced; they bring some relaxation to my life, and at the same time bring focus to my studies.