Make use of your greatest asset
To make the most of your life, you need to control it.
The first step is knowing what your greatest asset is.
I believe our most useful tool is our brain.
We can increase our 'wealth' through listening to the experiences of others and thinking more.
The more you take in of the world around you, the more you can 'earn'.
We also need to set both a short-term goal and a long-term goal. We need to update our goals because it will change over our lifetime.
Let's use our greatest asset effectively.
Ju Ching Chu Secondary School (Kwai Chung)
Obstacles to going green in Hong Kong
The construction of tall buildings is hampering Hong Kong's efforts to go green.
Regardless of the government's effort to plant trees and shrubs in many pedestrian zones and roads dividers, the go-green plan might not work.
To begin with, we do not have lots of space with enough soil and there are too many pipes and cabling underground. With so many buildings, a lot of sunshine is blocked so that planting trees is quite a challenge.
Rooftop gardens are not ideal for tall buildings because plants will not be able to withstand strong windy conditions at such heights.
But I believe with determination, the government can go green successfully in the future.
Top marks to Tang
We have a very competent Financial Secretary because he allocates money appropriately to all sectors of the community so that everyone can share in the fruits of Hong Kong's prosperity.
Early this month, Henry Tang Ying-yen unveiled a package of budget measures designed to 'share the fruits of economic prosperity'.
Hong Kong had a HK$55.1 billion budget surplus, thanks to an economic growth rate of 6.8 per cent last year.
Mr Tang proposed to allocate about HK$900 million to provide more assistance to the disadvantaged. For example, HK$300 million will be used for a pilot transport support scheme to help the unemployed and low-income people in remote areas to seek jobs and work across districts, and HK$300 million will be set aside for a child-development fund to help underprivileged children.
Yuki Wong Yuk-yi
Yan Oi Tong Tin Ka Ping Secondary School
Different ways to avoid arguments
We've all had arguments with our friends from time to time - with the most serious consequence being losing a long-lasting friendship.
There are a few simple ways to keeping friendships strong and avoiding disagreement.
My tips are:
when you both have different opinions on a subject, you should try to understand her views once if there is an argument between you and your friend, you should apologise later if an argument starts, you should change the topic so that a potential quarrel can be avoided.
St Paul's Secondary School
Good eating habits are important because eating affects our health.
If you want to improve your health, I suggest you change your eating habits. For example, drink less soft drinks because they contain a lot of sugar.
Eat more vegetables - whether you like them or not.
You should also have at least one portion of fruit as your snack during break time instead of eating greasy food.
If you follow the food pyramid, you will be healthier.
I think having a special smoking section in a restaurant or a bar is a good idea.
But I think it is not practical because it might give the smoker a guilty feeling. The result? The smoker would probably not go to the bar or restaurant.
We need more campaigns to publicise that smoking is unhealthy.
Personally, I hate the smell of cigarette smoke and I'm glad it is now illegal to light up in all public places in Hong Kong - except in the street and one's home.
Our Lady of the Rosary College
Law not working
I'm not against pre-marital sex if the person you're having sex with will be your life partner.
In Hong Kong, there is legislation forbidding anyone from having sex with girls under 16. But this law is not working.
We read in the news of many girls who are under 16 who have had sex.
I think education plays an important role.
One issue in Hong Kong is that people can buy condoms freely.
This encourages teenagers to have sex.
But what's worse is that many teenagers don't use a condom when they have sex.
Zoe Wong Nga-Sin
King Ling College
Enjoyable school life
When I was a student at Tseung Kwan O Catholic Primary School, I liked going to school every day because it was interesting.
I loved the lessons and my friends in school.
Every day, I had interesting lessons. Sometimes I could play games during the lessons.
During recess, I played and chatted with my friends. After six lessons and two recesses, I took lunch with my class teacher and classmates. Then, I had three more lessons before I went home.
I participated in many activities. I also played ball games with schoolmates every week.
I read books in the library. Sometimes, I enjoyed music in the music room.
I will never forget this school and my friends.
Shun Lee Catholic Secondary School
Two happy reasons
I recently had a very happy day for two reasons.
The first was that I finished my examination. Before the exam, I had to revise every day.
I was afraid that I would fail the exam so I very worked hard.
The second reason was that I bought a pair of lovely sports shoes when I went shopping with my mum.
First, we had lunch at the food court. Then we went to a sports shop and when I saw the shoes, I bought them immediately.
Rainbow Tam Yat-wah
SKH Bishop Mok Sau Tseng Secondary School
I'm surprised to find that plagiarism has become such a serious problem after reading 'Dirty Business' (Young Post, March 1).
Some students pay others to do assignments for them.
Many students think this is not a serious problem.
I think it is - plagiarism is cheating.
No one can help us all the time. We need to develop our own skills to do our work.
Anyway, paying this kind of money is not worth it.