Talking Points: what’s one life skill every secondary school student should have before graduating and entering 'the real world'?

Compiled by Jamie Lam

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Charlotte Fong, 14, International Christian School

Cooking is a life skill that everyone needs to learn before graduating. Your cooking skills will come in handy when you’re yearning for some fried rice while studying abroad. Cooking is also a great stress reliever, as there’s nothing better than rewarding yourself with a tasty lasagna after a hard day’s work. What’s more, you can impress your friends by serving a delicious dish at a get-together.

Ross Chan Cheuk-wai, 16, HKBUAS Wong Kam Fai Secondary and Primary School

I think everyone that goes into university or any kind of higher education should learn to acknowledge their mistakes. Whatever you’re doing, you’ll be accountable to yourself and other people. There is no more hand-holding. Admitting that you have made a mistake will help you become a better person and a respected member of society. You will then be able to handle the responsibilities given to you later in life.

Leeann Tong, 16, Sha Tin College

It’s got to be time-management. Without that skill, projects build up and deadlines seem to spring up out of nowhere. An assignment that you thought was almost finished may suddenly seem far from complete, and you may regret putting off the project for a later date. This can be stressful for students, and affect both their physical and mental health. With proper time-management, it becomes a lot easier to manage various assignments, and give yourself some free time to relax and enjoy life.

Angelina Wang, 15, Chinese International School

I think all secondary school graduates should have the ability to adapt to different situations in society or at work. Knowing when to take a step back or forward can lead to success. Of course it’s great to have goals and aspirations, but I believe being flexible and going with the flow while still excelling in your field is the key to a happier life. However, there are also some little things that are essential, for example, being on time, how to read maps, how to do laundry, and how to give a good hug.

Pauline Wong, 15, Maryknoll Convent School

I think secondary students should have mastered time-management by the time they leave school. No matter what they are doing, either at university or at work, their lives will be filled with projects and deadlines. At university, students will have to juggle their studies with their duties at clubs and societies. They will have to learn to plan ahead and stick to their schedules. What’s more, there will no longer be “personal assistants”, such as teachers or parents, to remind them about their responsibilities. They will be on their own, so without time-management, life could become a race against the clock.

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We are now accepting your answers for this topic. To take part, email your answer with your name, age, and school, along with a nice, clear selfie (make sure it’s not blurry), to [email protected] by lunchtime on Monday. Don’t forget to include “Talking Points” in the subject line.

Edited by M. J. Premaratne