Failure points the way to success
Everyone encounters obstacles in their lives. Some may be easy to deal with and some may not. Learning from failure is a great way to achieve success, so you should not be too worried about the difficulties you face.
Success may not be far away, after all.
When I experience failure, I think about how I can achieve my goals. I also think about how to avoid failure next time, and what I have learned from the experience.
Failure is an ongoing learning process. It has helped me to develop problem-solving skills and changed my attitude towards life. I no longer fear obstacles - in fact, I think of them as new challenges that need to be conquered.
Protests should be peaceful
Many people were not happy with this year's budget. So they took to the streets to express their dissatisfaction with the government and the widening gap between the rich and the poor.
I appreciate their bravery in expressing their opinions and trying to promote a fairer society. But I think protests should be peaceful and people should behave in a civilised way.
According to news reports, some protesters pushed through metal barricades set up by police. I think it is selfish for protesters not to consider the disruption they cause to others. Such violent acts may hurt passersby and create chaos in society. Activists should always consider the consequences of their actions.
There are many ways to express our views. There is absolutely no need to resort to violence. With the help of the internet and the mass media, people can gather supporters and make their voices heard. They could write to newspapers or blogs. Or they could submit a petition to the government.
I admit that the government needs to tackle Hong Kong's widening wealth gap. But we should discuss the issue calmly, and come up with an effective solution.
Phoebe Lee, The Chinese Foundation Secondary School
Don't be a selfish movie-goer
I am a movie fan and I go to the cinema every weekend. I really hate people who spoil this wonderful experience.
Recently there was a couple of inconsiderate movie-goers who ruined my day. As soon as the movie began, they started eating popcorn. After a while, they started to comment about the food loudly.
The man said: 'Oh, it's delicious.'
'I don't think so. It's not cold enough,' the woman said.
Their discussion went on for about 10 minutes.
I was relieved when their 'dinner' was over. Then, guess what? When the story reached its climax, they leaned against each other and blocked my view of the screen. I missed the most exciting part of the plot. I was really angry and I wanted to punch them. But I controlled my temper.
Movie-goers should think about others and behave properly.
Kwok Ho-yan, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College
Women, too, have their rights
As a woman, I appreciate what the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) has done for women's rights in some countries.
I believe women are equal to men. Some women are even stronger than men. Women hold many high positions in companies. However, things are not so good in some developing countries like Nepal where many women still suffer from discrimination.
Unicef's efforts to promote gender equality in such countries deserve praise.
Yeung Pui-lam, Pooi To Middle School
Wants and needs
Recent research has shown adolescents buy brand-name products although they don't really need them.
Many teens just want to show off the latest trends to their friends.
Companies simply manufacture goods with no regard for the environment. The government must urge businesses to balance profit-making and social responsibility. We should only buy things we need. And the products should be eco-friendly.
Hopefully, education will help to change our attitudes towards consumption.
Ally Lee, Leung Shek Chee College