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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 March, 2012, 12:00am

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Watch the world turn off the lights

An energy-saving event - Earth Hour - has caught my eye. On March 29, schools and buildings around the world will turn out their lights for one hour.

I think this campaign carries a good message about green living.

If my school joins the event, I will strongly support it and help prepare for it.

I hope that people all over the world, not just in Hong Kong, will notice what we have done to our planet. Let's do everything we can to preserve it.

Cho Tsun-lam, Shatin Tsung Tsin Secondary School

Jeremy Lin is a great role model

After surprising NBA fans, Jeremy Lin is now a real celebrity. Before the New York Knicks player became famous, though, some people had their eyes on another Asian, Yi Jianlian, who plays for the Dallas Mavericks.

Yi is from Guangdong, and Lin is one of the first Asian-Americans to become a major NBA star. That didn't put any extra pressure on Lin, though.

Lin is a great role model for youngsters. His 'Linderella' story showed us that preparation means everything if you want to succeed.

Lin's passion for basketball has fuelled his fighting spirit.

One remarkable quality about Lin is that he is still modest after becoming famous.

He continues to praise his teammates and coach. This successful young basketball player has shown us that being kind and humble is the way to go.

As Lin's story should remind us, we should grab our own precious opportunities and shine at whatever we do best.

Jaspa Tang, SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School

Don't let daily pressures build up

Students face a lot of pressure these days as they strive for the best results in countless assignments and examinations. They also need to perform well in a variety of extra-curricular activities and face tough competition to get into the best universities. The life of a student is not easy at all.

Workers also face a lot of pressure. They carry a huge responsibility, work long hours and get low pay. They face the possibility of being laid off and having a tough time to feed their families. Employers also live in fear of a severe economic downturn because of the European financial crisis.

Daily pressures at work and at school can keep us from performing to the best of our abilities. But, on the other hand, stress can also help us success if we can handle it well.

Let me tell you an inspiring story. A lecturer asked his audience to guess the weight of the water in the cup he was holding.

'The weight of the water is actually not very important,' he said. 'The more important thing is how long we can hold this cup.'

The weight of the water will always stay the same, but it will feel heavier as time passes.

The water symbolises all of the pressures in our lives. Therefore, it's good to put down the cup of water once in a while. We are all very busy so we should set aside some time to unwind and relax. We should lead a meaningful life, and try our best to be healthy, both mentally and physically. Don't allow pressure to destroy your life.

Toby Chau Chung-wai, Hong Kong Chinese Women's Club College

Appreciate the good qualities in others

After reading an issue of Young Post, I have learned that we should appreciate the good points in others, and not point out their weaknesses. This will make us happy. But if we are looking for the bad qualities in people, this is dangerous. This thinking applies to situations, too. We have to see the good side of something we don't like.

For example, I am always grumbling about my parents because they have hired an after-school tutor for me. I feel very tired every day: I study at school, and have to come home to study more and do my homework.

But now I know that I should appreciate what my parents are doing. The tutor is good for my education. I should see the good side of this, and not focus on the bad - that I'm tired and don't have a lot of time to play.

I wish my example could change the minds of other kids who are the same as me!

Anson Chan, Victoria Shanghai Academy