Once, my teacher got a maths question wrong, and I (don’t ask how) told him he had made a mistake. It’s pretty scary to tell a teacher they’ve done something wrong or missed something out, but it’s an important part of being able to learn for both yourself as a student and the class as a whole. Pretty cool.
Anushka Purohit, 17, Renaissance College
I had an argument with my friend, but I didn’t stop trying to mend our friendship even when she was ignoring me. Now, we’re good friends again – taking the risk really paid off.
Ady Lam, 11, Island School
I jumped off a nine-metre ledge into the water. I was terrified – it seemed my heart was beating 100,000 times a minute. It was the moment of truth, and I jumped ... splashing and hitting the bottom. My feet were sore but, most importantly, I conquered my fear of heights.
Daniel Mapp, 9, Discovery Bay International School
Eating celery! I’d always thought it wouldn’t be tasty, but I finally girded my loins and gave it a try. It really didn’t taste good!
Adrian Leung, 20, University of Hong Kong
When I was 10 years old, I got zero on a test. When I got home, I plucked up the courage to show the paper to my mum. In the end, we both laughed out loud! Sometimes we just think too much.
Crystal Ng, 14, Po Leung Kuk Ma Kam Ming College
I killed a cockroach once. I am very afraid of cockroaches. Every time I see one, I cry and run away. One day, I was home alone and saw a cockroach. It was scary, but I somehow managed to kill it. Phew!
Eunice Yung Po-yiu, 16, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School
When I was travelling with my family in Italy, we never thought we’d be targeted by pickpockets. Fortunately, I was walking slowly behind my parents, so I could see three tall young men following my mum, one of them with a cutter in his hand, getting ready to pounce and steal my mum’s money. I shouted, “There are thieves behind you!”, in Chinese. My parents turned around and the three men ran away. I’d do the same if it happened again.
David Kong, 13, Immaculate Heart of Mary College
I was in an Australian zoo that allowed people to take photos with koalas. The person in front of me was scared to hold the koala, and screamed loudly. This scared the animal. When it was my turn, the koala lashed out. Its claws missed me by millimetres. Instead of moving away, I comforted it. While others thought that my face would be scarred for life, I surprised them all with my cool attitude.
Arella Ng, 12, Christian Alliance P. C. Lau Memorial International School
I still sweat whenever I recall giving a speech on behalf of the Catholic Students’ Union. When I first walked up on the stage, my hands were shaking. My voice was shaky, too, and I held my note cards so tightly that I couldn’t see all the words clearly. I told myself to pretend to be confident and tried my best to deliver my speech clearly and at the appropriate pace. I felt very proud of myself after this experience.
Josuah Law Lok-tin, 14, Immaculate Heart of Mary College
Learning to skate. My two best friends offered to teach me at an ice rink, so I courageously agreed. They first taught me how to keep my balance while skating, and then more difficult moves. I was soon happily whizzing around the rink with my friends. I finally overcame my fear!
Jovie Chan, 12, Alliance Primary School, Kowloon Tong
Edited by Andrew McNicol
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