PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 April, 2008, 12:00am

Animal welfare

I'm concerned about the rights of animals in Hong Kong.

I agree with people who think that all life on Earth should be treasured and respected.

The government has taken some action by distributing educational material through TV advertisements and leaflets, but cases of animal abuse are still reported in the newspaper every day.

I think that schools should keep a pet, like a cat or a dog, on campus so that students can learn to respect and care for animals.

Although the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) does valuable work, the government should introduce more effective laws to protect animals.

Kwok Pui-yan, Precious Blood Secondary School

Why me?

Whenever people face adversity they ask themselves: 'Why is the world always against me?'

They think their misfortune is unjust because they've tried their best to struggle for what they want but they haven't found it.

They don't look very hard when they examine their lives because they believe the universe is working against them.

They are wrong. The universe is fair and just.

Every effort that we make will be rewarded in the long run.

The problem is that we never know when we will be rewarded.

However, I think that uncertainty makes life more exciting.

As long as you have given love to others, there is always the hope that you will be treated well in return.

So, stop grumbling and the world will seem more fair in the way it treats you.

Wong Man-hei

The use of time

I am not the sort of person who uses their time well.

I always do the trivial things first and then I realise that I've done nothing very constructive.

Do you have the same problem?

I always complain that I don't have enough time to finish things, but I know that it is really because I don't organise my time very efficiently.

We all have 86,400 seconds every day, so why do some achieve a lot while others don't?

The answer is time management.

In my opinion, we should set 'time targets' every day.

For example, I have to finish my chemistry revision today and I need to work hard.

In order to get it done I have to give up watching TV, chatting with friends, browsing the Net or doing instant messaging.

It is hard to begin with.

Making a change of lifestyle is a serious challenge but if we succeed we can gain time each day because we are using it wisely.

We all have same amount of time. Let's work hard to make the most of it.

Melody Chan

Fear of failure

I sometimes want to persuade myself that the world is fair, but when I look around I see that many people still live in poverty.

Some work very hard, even harder than rich people, but they can't make a stable living.

It doesn't seem right.

Everyone wants to overcome the obstacles in life and become successful. Why can't they all succeed?

I think it is because they lack courage, and I know how they feel.

We are all under great pressure to be successful, so it's no surprise that we are afraid of failure.

Take myself as an example. I have faced many difficulties this year and I have had a lot of work to do. I am scared that I will give up one day when I am tired or unwell.

I feel frustrated sometimes because I do not have satisfactory results, even though I work hard.

I am afraid because I realise that I am defeated by my mind, not by the work.

My problem is fear of failure.

However, I'm not going to give up. I know that the opportunities are there for those who are well-prepared.

I will try my best to be a hard-working student. It may be difficult, but it is worthwhile.

My ambition is to go to university. I will have good prospects in life if I can achieve that goal.

I will work hard because I do not want to have any regrets.

Tina Cheng, Kit Sam Lam Bing Yim Secondary School

Team player

My favourite thing in life is volleyball.

The first time I tried to play volleyball was when I was in Primary Five.

During a PE class the teacher taught us the rules of the game.

After a few lessons, I became more and more interested in it.

At that time, the school team was recruiting new members, so I joined.

I soon learned the skills required for playing volleyball and I enjoyed it very much.

I have a good time playing volleyball with my teammates and I have made a lot of friends.

I have been playing the volleyball for three years now. My health has improved and I feel much fitter.

I recommend it to everyone.

Kathy Tse, SKH Bishop Mok Sau Tseng Secondary School

Stage struck

Acting in a play is not as easy as you might imagine.

Actors need highly developed skills and they must have the confidence to appear on stage.

As a group, actors need to know how to collaborate and co-operate with each other to make a performance work.

Acting is more than simply memorising and delivering lines. It requires thinking from another point of view.

Drama helps develop team spirit and respect for the opinions of others. It can build confidence and expand horizons.

Tiffany Chu, Methodist College