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Don't make excuses, learn from mistakes
Everybody makes mistakes. When this happens, people make excuses to make themselves feel better.
But making excuses is just a way of escaping reality. It's a way to avoid admitting they've done something wrong.
Although I want to deny I've made mistakes and therefore make excuses, I realise that unless I admit my mistakes and correct them, I will not improve.
Mistakes happen. Admit them, learn from them and move on.
Kit Sam Lam Bing Yim Secondary School
Value and respect your friends
Someone once said finding a true friend is like finding a diamond in a cup of tea. Fortunately, I have found a true friend: Kelly Chow.
She shares my happiness and sadness. She never backs away from me when I'm in trouble. She always stands by me to overcome difficulties.
When I worry about exam results, my relationship with parents or my schoolwork, she comforts me and gives me suggestions so I can solve problems easily and be happy again.
What's more, she keeps me company when I'm lonely. She understands what I feel and tolerates my shortcomings.
Both of us do our best to keep our precious friendship. We never lie to each other. We believe that our friends will treat us sincerely if we are honest. We must not bad-mouth others because this always hurts others.
Most importantly, we always respect each other.
Karen Tai Nga-lam
Christian Alliance S. C. Chan Memorial College
Domestic violence is not the answer
There has been a large number of domestic violence cases in the news recently. Whenever I hear these stories, I feel shocked and ashamed.
How can people treat members of their family like that? What causes them to act so violently? Although reports say the crime rate in Hong Kong is stable, we cannot ignore or neglect the existence of this phenomenon.
In my opinion, people turn to domestic violence when they are under pressure. People in Hong Kong are stressed out by their career and family problems.
But everyone is under pressure. Becoming violent is not a way of dealing with your problems. It's important that everyone finds a way to reduce stress. Talking to friends and doing exercise are good methods.
I hope soon the police will be able to say the crime rate in Hong Kong, and especially rates of domestic violence, are falling, not just stable.
Maggie Wu Pui-kwan
Leung Shek Chee College
Failure is helpful
Failure is a common experience in life. As students, we sometimes fail to get high scores in our exams. When we do sport, we can't always win. Failure happens to everyone.
But different people take different attitudes towards failure. Some people lose heart when they fail. Some people don't take failure seriously. Others learn from failure and realise it is a positive experience.
In my opinion, what really counts is not failure itself, but what we think of failure and do after we fail.
As long as we don't give up, but believe in ourselves and learn from our failures, we'll succeed in the end.
I'm not afraid of failure, for I believe that failure is not a bad thing. After all, 'failure is the mother of success'.
Ju Ching Chu Secondary School
A good way to learn
Many parents send their children to tutorial classes so that they will get better grades. But I think tutorials are a waste of time and money.
Tutorial classes revise what you have learned at school. Sometimes the tutor also teaches new things.
But I think it is more important to pay attention to teachers at school.
You can also go to the library and take out books to help you understand your subjects better.
Why not try paying more attention at school, doing some revision at home and spending more time reading. I think your life will be more interesting and equally successful.
Jessie Li Wai-long
Belilios Public School
Foul language is common among teenagers. For some of them, almost every sentence they say includes swear words.
Speaking foul language is impolite. It hurts other people's feelings. People who always use foul language don't know how to respect others.
Youngsters are easily influenced by their parents. If parents use foul language when their children are young, they are more likely to pick it up too.
Teenagers must also choose their friends carefully. Otherwise, they may be influenced by those young people who think swearing makes you cool.
Think about how your language affects other people. Don't use foul language.
Yolanda Tsang Wai-yin
Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College
Remove your mask
We all hide something when we talk to others. Most people have told a white lie about themselves to prevent people knowing everything about them.
It's difficult to really get to know people because everyone wears a mask. People find it difficult to say exactly what they're thinking.
For example, employees find it difficult reject their boss if asked to do overtime? They smile and agree, and the boss never knows their true feelings.
Isn't it impractical to hide the truth? If we don't say how we feel, we will become angry and stressed.
If we express our feelings, we will become closer to our friends and happier in our lives.
It's time everyone removed their masks and revealed their true selves.
TWGHs Lui Yun Choy Memorial College
Solve family problems
My brother always plays online games until late at night. This make my father cross.
It makes me very sad because I don't want to see my family arguing all the time. It prevents me from doing my school work.
I explained to my brother and dad how their arguments made me feel and they apologised. They promised to work on their relationship.
Now, talk calmly when they have a problem with each other and there are no more arguments.
Shame on you, Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a rich city with many millionaires, but you don't care about the environment.
The city has too few bins and too few recycling facilities. Sanitary engineers have to work very hard to collect rubbish, but they're not paid enough.
The government should provide more recycling and rubbish bins in public and private estates and raise the fines for littering. Most importantly, they should only collect rubbish that is sorted into 'recyclable' and 'non-recyclable' and fine people who don't recycle.
Ahamed Junaid Ibrahim and Shehzad Akhtar
Delia Memorial School (Broadway)