Leave earning until after graduation

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 November, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 November, 2010, 12:00am

Many students long to have a part-time job. But why are they so keen to work? I don't think it's a desire to gain work experience or broaden their horizons.

The main reason students want a part-time job is to satisfy their material desires. Society nowadays is very materialistic. People long for brand-named products. Usually students don't get enough pocket money to buy those costly products themselves. The only way for them to satisfy their longing is to earn money themselves.

But material goods are not the key to happiness. What's more, if students are so focused on earning money, they won't have time or energy to spend with friends and family, or for their studies.

They may also be tempted to earn money through illegal means.

Students should fully enjoy their school life while they can. They will have plenty of chances to earn money once they leave.

Kammy Fung

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Kammy. Hong Kong is by nature a very materialistic city. It seems that we judge people by whatever brand name they happen to be wearing. This is, of course, entirely false. Belongings are never a way to be happy, and in fact they can only serve to breed misery if we are unable to get what it is we want.

Time is something you spend in order to make money. It is something which you will never recover. So if you don't have to work while you are in school, then really you should not. It is far better to invest your time in making good memories and great friends.

Susan, Editor