If you were given a column for YP, what would you write about?

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 February, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 25 February, 2010, 12:00am

Walter Mak Kiu-shun, 15, Ma On Shan St Joseph's Secondary School

First, I would write about happy things in my life. I am sure my peers would like to read articles which deliver positive messages. What's more, I believe I'm optimistic and friendly, so my words might be able to bring them happiness.

But I would also like to share any difficulties I encounter. I know facing difficulties is like watching An Inconvenient Truth, and it might make readers dwell on their own issues. But we must face up to our problems.

Any readers lucky enough not to have faced problems before surely will one day. This column could teach them how to deal with the difficulties I'd already endured.

Qurahtulain, 19, Youth College

I would write about my culture. Not only would I mention the things everyone already knows, but I'd also help my readers gain a deeper understanding of it.

People always ask why I have to wear these tradition clothes rather than jeans, or why we have to fast, and many other queries. But what about the questions people never dare to ask? I could tell people things they think they can't talk about.

I'd also want to clear up any misunderstandings about my culture, and let them know it's just the same as any other culture with traditional customs, a long history and meaningful festivals.

Dorothy Yim, 14, St Paul?s Convent School

I'd write about different socio-political issues involving teenagers' participation. I'd like to tell teens of their importance in society.

For a long time, the post-80s have been neglected, no matter how much they protest against the government's policies. I'd feature their dissatisfaction over current issues so they would gain confidence, and not to give up on voicing opinions.

I'd also encourage them to contribute and make an impact on the world around them, rather than merely complaining. I believe that teenagers' participation is essential for Hong Kong to have a sustainable future.

Amy Lau Yeung-yeung, 16, Diocesan Girls' School

As primary and secondary students are the main readers of YP, I'd write about funny incidents that happened to me or my friends at school. These are stories that readers could easily connect to.

I'd also share my views on current issues, such as teenage drug abuse. I'd try to promote good virtues among youngsters.

We are the future so, through this column, I could pass on positivity and encourage students to pass it to each other.

Kelvin Yu Chun-yin, 12, Sing Yin Secondary School

I would write jokes. Since students have so much homework and their teachers and parents put so much pressure on them, students don't have enough time to rest and relax. They do homework until midnight. The next day, they feel tired and can't concentrate in class.

A jokes column would be the best way to relieve stress because humour is an effective way to relax. Laughter dissolves negative emotions. Students would learn more if they were in a good mood after reading my column.

Alex Ko, 15, Po Leung Kuk No1 W.H. Cheung College

I'd write an extended lyrics page, which went even deeper into what a song meant.

Listening to music is a huge part of teen life. By focusing on the hidden meanings of lyrics, teens would get even more out of songs.

I'd also relate lyrics to current issues. For example, by associating We Are The World with the Haiti earthquake, I could promote caring for others.

It would also be a way to teach students about music from different eras.