Let your past make you better, not bitter
Everyone has had a time in their lives when they felt really depressed. It may have been a break-up of a romantic relationship, getting bad exam results or saying goodbye 'forever' to relatives and friends. Yet we should always think positively and try our best to move on to a better future.
Dealing with emotional problems is not easy. Friends and family can help, but you may still feel down in the dumps even after a chat. However, time heals pain. We should let go of the past so we don't have any regrets, and look to the future. If we don't move on, then friends and relatives will worry about us.
So what can we do to make things better? We should be thankful to be enjoying the world we live in. We should always treasure our life, instead of asking for more and always thinking negatively. If we learn to appreciate everything, our lives will be better and we can fulfil our dreams.
If we overcome bad memories, then we will be stronger.
Yu Hoi-yin, The Chinese Foundation Secondary School
New chief executive cannot be trusted
I am very disappointed with our new Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. He appeared to be honest during the chief executive election but since illegal structures were found at his home on The Peak, people do not believe they can trust him any more.
During the election campaign, one of the candidates, Henry Tang Ying-yen, was found to have illegal structures at his home. People turned against him and it was one of the main reasons why Tang failed to win the election. Leung criticised Tang over the illegal structures and gained public support. It is shameful that Leung now has the same problem.
He is a professional surveyor and must have known that some structures did not comply with building regulations.
After this incident, I have totally lost trust and confidence in him. He gave inaccurate statements and deceived people. He has turned out to be untrustworthy.
To regain the public's confidence, I suggest that he give a detailed and convincing explanation about the illegal structures - not excuses. And he has to bring in good policies to make our society better. Otherwise, citizens won't accept the government he is going to lead.
Leung Ho-ting, Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School
Try to think for yourself
The term 'Kong Kids' is well known in the city.
Many children here don't know how to take care of themselves and always rely on their parents.
Parents should not just provide food for their children, but also teach them how to wash the dishes, sort their clothes out, tie up their own shoelaces and find out the meaning of a word from a dictionary by themselves.
Children should be encouraged to learn. They should not be spoilt.
Parents should not give their children everything they demand. Instead, they should be taught the value of hard work and perseverance.
Alvin Cheung Ho-hin, STFA Tam Pak Yu College
Make your own choice on subjects
Selecting elective subjects is an important decision for junior secondary school students. A lot of my classmates are worried about it and I have some tips that may be helpful.
Interest in a subject and the ability to handle it is crucial in making a choice. If you enjoy the lesson and are interested in a subject, you will be willing to find out the theory and concept behind it. It is difficult to catch up if you can't handle the subjects you chose, so make sure that you are clear about your ability and interest.
Make your own choice. Teenagers are easily influenced by their friends. I am interested in science subjects, such as chemistry and physics.
I could not decide for a couple of weeks about whether to choose the science class or not. This was mainly because of my best friends. The subjects they like are different. It was obvious that we would be in different classes.
Luckily, after discussions with my parents and friends, I worked out what to do. It will be a golden opportunity to make new friends and I can learn the subject I like. A true friendship will not be destroyed just because of separation.
Ho Wing-yan, Maryknoll Fathers' School