Good preparation is crucial

PUBLISHED : Monday, 20 July, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 20 July, 2009, 12:00am

On a recent school open day, I was a student ambassador. I guided visitors on a tour of the exhibitions and answered their questions about the school. I felt I had done a good job.

I had to present a project that a group of us had done to visitors. The topic was sugar and gas content in soft drinks. I explained what we had found out about the subject. But some of the visitors were confused about how we had collected the data about the amount of gas in a soft-drink can, while others said there was something wrong with the process.

I didn't know how to answer these questions and felt embarrassed. I felt like I should have done more preparation and also that I need to improve my presentation skills so as to allow the audience to understand our project more clearly.

I was honoured to take part in our school's open day. But next year I hope I can do a better job.

Fung Tai-yi, The Chinese Foundation Secondary School

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, Tai-yi. It sounds like you gained some valuable experience. Life is about making mistakes. When we do something new we always feel as if we could do it better - if only we did this or that. But we should value the experience itself for what it is.

The point is that you have not given up and you're ready to try again. For that you should be proud.

Susan, Editor