Penny Pang, 18 Participating in Top Teen. I used to be very shy, passive, introverted and dependant on others. I couldn't do anything without having my friends accompany me. But I travelled to the SCMP from my home in Ma On Shan, had my photo taken, and shared my opinions here with you - and I did it all by myself! I think I'm brave. It's a good start. Fanny Wu, 16 My friends and I were walking to a basketball court when a gang of youths approached us and tried to entice us into taking drugs. When we refused, they stopped us from walking away. They kept on asking us to try the tablets. 'Daren't you try one? ' they asked. I responded bravely: 'I daren't'. Then they left us alone. It sounds like an anti-drug television commercial, but it's true! Casey Chan, 17 When I was in the second grade, a group of my friends decided to form a 'clan'. I was happy because they wanted me to join. But they said: 'To be in this clan, you can't like him', while pointing to one of my best friends. Instead of joining, I was loyal to my friend and stayed out of the clan. Kowkob Salim, 17 I walked past a dog holding my breath and with my eyes closed. I had no other choice! It's a shame, but I fear dogs - that's my phobia. Funnily enough, I adore them. They are one of my favourite animals and I'd cry if I saw one suffering, but blood rushes to my face at the sight of a dog - even if it's a puppy.