After six weeks of enjoyment and relaxation, the summer holiday has finally come to an end as students return to school. Today sees 130,000 newly promoted primary and secondary students begin their new academic year. Most students are looking forward to school, but not everyone is as excited. At a recent seminar organised by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG), spokesman Ho Wing-cheong said young people could suffer from anxiety when facing a new environment and school curriculum. 'Some students have trouble sleeping, experience headaches or become emotionally disrupted. They feel helpless and find it hard to adjust to the new environment,' he said. 'Others might have difficulty adjusting to a normal school life because they stayed up late and played too much during the holiday. Chik Ka-ming, a Primary Six pupil, is worried about not getting into Diocesan Boys' School (DBS), his parents' top choice. 'I came second in the whole form last year but my parents keep telling me to work harder to get into DBS,' said Ka-ming. 'They want me to study in an English secondary school.' If you see someone who looks like they're having trouble adjusting to school, why not offer them the hand of friendship? For Cherry Li Wing-yin, today marks a new chapter in her life, and there is a big challenge ahead. The 18-year-old achieved promising results last month in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE), scoring 20 out of a possible 30 points. She begins her Form Six studies at St Paul's Convent School in Causeway Bay today. This may not be anything special for most students, but for Cherry, who suffers from a congenital malformation of blood vessels in the brain caused by a stroke when she was eight years old, getting as far as Form Six has been an almost impossible mission. It required tremendous effort and endurance. 'The new school year will be an even bigger challenge for me,' said Cherry, who will take A-levels in Use of English, Chinese Language, Principles of Accounts, Economics and History. 'I have been reading the new textbooks and I find the A-level syllabus much more difficult than the HKCEE. Since my memory only lasts for a week, I will have to work even harder to get good results. 'I will pay more attention in class, write down all the main points and read more reference books. I will try to understand the content, rather than just memorising it.' If you feel the need to talk to someone, call HKFYG's Youthline on 2777 8899.