Do you go partying on a regular basis?

PUBLISHED : Monday, 23 May, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 23 May, 2005, 12:00am

Pulcheria Chung, 18 St Mary's Canossian College

The education system doesn't give me a lot of time to party regularly. After taking the HKCEE, students have to immediately start preparing for the A-Levels. Besides, there are so many extra-curricular activities in school.

By the end of the day, I am too exhausted to think about partying.

Of course, partying can help us relax and provides a good opportunity to socialise with friends. But regular partying could be addictive and could cause problems.

Partying means drinking and dancing, and we usually do it in places like bars or clubs where there are a lot of people from different backgrounds.

This is not safe, especially for teenagers. After a few drinks, they can be easily tempted to experiment with drugs.

There have also been reports of girls being robbed or assaulted by partygoers.

We are exposed to a lot of second-hand smoke and alcohol at parties, and that can be harmful to our health. It also means late nights, which makes it hard for me to concentrate in class the next day. This can affect my studies.

Oliver Kwan, 18 Delia School of Canada

I go out on a regular basis with my friends, and I wouldn't change that for anything.

I, like most students in Hong Kong, work very hard. My week is filled with deadlines and homework, and the lack of a proper social life makes life even harder.

Add to this the pressure of having to apply to universities and you have a very stressful schedule.

So why shouldn't I go out and party with my friends once or twice a week? We don't do anything illegal and nobody gets hurt.

We simply enjoy ourselves, and believe it or not, we've been encouraged to do so by our teachers!

There's a lot of truth in the old saying 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy'. Students who are too preoccupied with their studies are boring.

They might get the highest marks, but academic results are not everything in life.

So I work hard and play hard. And I wouldn't be surprised if most readers did the same thing.

After all, being a student in Hong Kong is particularly stressful. So go out and enjoy yourself!