Voluntary work can expand your world
There are a lot of organisations in Hong Kong which need volunteers, such as Oxfam and Po Leung Kuk. There are many benefits of doing voluntary work. It is a learning experience. Helping others and giving hope to them can help you become more positive. You can expand your own world and meet different people.
It can also improve your interpersonal skills and self-confidence. When you grow up, you will be able to face problems more easily.
The government should promote these benefits. For instance, it could produce advertisements telling the real stories of people who have volunteered. It would convince teenagers that volunteering can make life more meaningful. In addition, schools could invite some volunteers to share their experiences with students.
Chan Wai-ting, King Ling College
I have a dream of racial harmony
I absolutely agree with the letter 'End discrimination and live in harmony' (Young Post, January 31).
Martin Luther King set a good example of racial harmony. He dedicated his entire life to fighting for the rights of black people in America.
His struggle won Americans' admiration. What's more, his determination helped the blacks through the dark times when their rights and freedoms were not respected.
Barack Obama's famous slogan of 'Change' won much applause from around the world.
Not only did Obama become the country's first African-American president, he also received the Nobel Peace Prize.
This should remind us that racial harmony is a practical issue. As a city renowned for its modernity, Hong Kong should be leading the way, showcasing how different races and cultures can live together in harmony.
It's high time that Hong Kong citizens learned to accept people of different races.
King said: 'I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.' We should judge others by their inner selves, not by their race.
I am sure one day we humans will understand the true moral of life, which is to respect everyone. We all come from the same world.
Emily Wong, Pooi To Middle School
Take the time to read warning signs
Most Hong Kong people have a fast lifestyle. They will take only about 10 minutes to have lunch.
Also, people in Hong Kong walk very fast. They can only see things which are directly in front of them. They will not pay attention to the signs which point out danger.
Are there not enough signs in Hong Kong?
No, there are lots placed around us, like wooden markers on a trail, or signboards on a beach. They are brightly coloured and show the information clearly. Their role is to warn people of things like hill fires or dangerous waters. If people take some time to read the signs first, they will avoid danger and save wasting time.
I understand that time is very valuable, so we should make good use of every minute.
But we should focus on the signs and pay attention to the tips they offer. They may give you information to help you finish your task more quickly.
Working fast is our speciality, but there are some things we should pay more attention to.
Benny Chan, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College
Find a quiet place for your revision
Once, when I prepared for examinations at home, temptations such as the computer and television were within easy reach.
They distracted me and I couldn't concentrate. Therefore, I didn't complete my revision of the whole syllabus and I got a very bad result in the exam.
My conclusion is that a suitable place for revision is crucial. If we can find some place where we can concentrate, our revision will be more efficient. Study rooms are a good choice as they are quiet and have fewer temptations.
However, the most important element of effective revision is that we should not be affected by the things surrounding us.
I hope all of you can find the study place that suits you best.