Top 10: If you could ask your future self one thing, what would it be?

  • If time travel was possible and you could meet grown-up you, what would you want to know?
  • Some readers want answers to current school dilemmas while others wonder what direction their lives will take
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What do you want to know?

Here’s my question: will I gain weight? I eat a lot of fatty food so I am worried that I will become fat. I hope not. I think I need to start working out.

Cody Kwok, 12, Maryknoll Fathers’ School

What are your deepest regrets? Not only is this incredibly insightful, I could be able to learn from my past mistakes and improve my future. Unless, of course, trying to correct my future leads me to changing my life entirely, so I end up in an alternative timeline. Hmmm....

Saloni Sethi, 15, South Island School

My dream job is to become a pastry chef, so I would ask my future self if I have become one. I’ve always had an interest in pastry. In my free time, I go out to buy ingredients to make desserts such as cheesecakes, tarts and cookies. If I knew that I would become a pastry chef one day, it would encourage me to work harder and continue making more desserts!

Ada Chan, 13, Pope Paul VI College


I would ask myself: Am I happy? I think we should try to be happy every day, so we can have a sense of achievement about something. It’s good to have a positive outlook, and try to do better when we can.

Wu Kwok-chin, 15, Fung Kai No.1 Secondary School

I would love to ask: What kind of person am I? My parents have high expectations of me. I would like to be a dutiful and responsible son in the future. I am working hard towards this goal but I want to know what’s in store for me. It would be great if my future self could give me some reassurance, so I have the motivation to continue.

Michael Ma Zhi-ying, 16, Catholic Ming Ying Secondary School

Here’s my million-dollar question: What is my job? Ever since I was a child, I have been curious about what my future job will be. I hope to be a scientist, although I could end up being something else. However, I won’t give up. I hope to study hard and get ready for the future.

Kwok Man-chun, 12, Maryknoll Fathers’ School

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I would definitely ask myself: Which subjects I should be studying in senior secondary school? I am currently in Secondary Three and have to choose my subjects for the HKDSE soon. I am really stressed about this.

I am preparing for the end-of-term exams and I hope I will get good results. So it would be very helpful if my future self could tell me about the subjects I should study in Secondary Four.

Ma Jingmao, 14, Carmel Pak U Secondary School

I would ask my future self about my IB score, I am very stressed about my studies and often think that there is no point in working hard. If I knew my IB results, it would inspire me (especially if I get a good score) and help me to plan my future career.

Teresa Kwok, 16, South Island School

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Will I be accepted by my dream university? I would ask my future self this question because it means a lot to me. It is one of our biggest achievements, right? I have spent 12 years studying just to get into my favourite university. If I know the answer, it means that all my efforts have paid off in the end!

Shirley Yu, 15, Fung Kai No.1 Secondary School

Am I making a decent living? I grew up in a poor family and we always worried about money. When I grow up, I am hoping to live a comfortable life with my parents. I hope to join many more extracurricular activities, including painting classes, to pave the way for a brighter future.

Zhou Nga-ting, 16, Catholic Ming Yuen Secondary School

Our question for next week is: If you could swap lives with someone for a day, who would you choose and what would you do?

If you’d like to take part, please send your response, along with your full name, age and school, to [email protected] by Friday 22 January!

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