Dear Teachers, I'm sorry for chewing gum or sleeping in class. It's impolite, but to stay awake, I need gum; if I'm not to chew gum, I need more sleep. That's because I don't get enough rest owing to the workload assigned by all of you. Sincerely, Bad Student
Adrian Ng Ming-fung, 16, Kwun Tong Maryknoll College
As head prefect, I give teachers the impression I am quiet and serious. But no teachers, or even my friends, know I have another side outside school: I do taekwondo. I've already gained a red belt and won many medals. I'm a diehard fighter on top of my good-mannered school persona.
Rosemarie Ho, 15, Baptist Lui Ming Choi Secondary School
The fact that I am a blood-drinking alien. Nah, just kidding - I wish my teachers knew I hate them using slang and adopting certain mannerisms to look cool. It's depressing to see them try so hard to be someone they're not. How can they convince kids to be themselves if they don't practise what they preach?
Nanor Wong Si-yee, 17, St Margaret's Co-educational English Secondary School
Teachers are unaware of my outgoing character, so I'm given only minor roles in dramas. Seeing how easy it was for my outspoken schoolmates to get big roles in stage productions, and top positions in clubs, I decided to take matters into my own hands. So I went for those positions and for those roles, just like an extrovert would.
Joe Cheng Ka-lok, 16, Sheng Kung Hui Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School
I am a perfectionist, and strive very hard to complete the homework assigned by different teachers. Also, I spare no effort in preparing for exams and quizzes. Sometimes, I fail to meet my teachers' expectations in exams even though I have worked hard. I am interested in their lessons, although I seldom speak up in class. I am just too shy to answer their questions.
Jayson Paolo Albano, 16, La Salle College
My passion is for the arts; it takes more effort for me to get motivated for subjects such as chemistry. They should also know that puberty isn't as easy as it was 20 years ago, so if I don't hand in the work on time, there's a good reason ... Most of the time.
Jasmine Chan Sze-wing, 13, St Rose of Lima's College
I wish my teachers knew about my weaknesses, so that they would give me extra exercises to improve my skills. That way, I'd get good exam results. I also want my teachers to know that I work very hard at my studies, so could they recognise all of my hard work, please?!
Tracy Srivastava, 16, St Paul's Convent School
I have multiple nationalities and, sadly, I don't know much about my Indian side. I've been in Hong Kong my entire life, so I am just like any other tourist when I'm in India. Teachers always ask me about my culture or religion and I can give only a vague answer, one that's usually common sense.
Catherine Wang, 12, Chinese International School
I wish that my teachers could know me as a person, before making biased judgments. Normally teachers can only treat you in a certain way based on your outward appearance and perhaps your academic results. They have no idea about what kind of person you are, or the potential that lies within you. Maybe if they found out more about me, their perspectives would change.
Yuen Hui-ling, 16, Diocesan Girls' School
I wish teachers knew the struggles teenagers go through. I know they do - they were teenagers, too, of course. But, sometimes, it seems as if their teenage years never happened. In this internet age, everything's expected to be done in a snap, but do teachers ever realise that maybe there's too much to handle already? Teens are walking pressure cookers. Consideration is what we need, not more deadlines.
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