The fact that you should never take learning for granted. It's an everyday process. I scored many A's in my IGCSE exam and became complacent, thinking I knew a lot and would always get good marks. But my grades suffered after I stopped working hard. The lesson I learned the hard way is that you cannot rest on your laurels. You should make a serious effort to learn and move forward in life.
Beatrice Cohen, 16, Australian International School
It's easy - I've realised that time management is crucial. From tests and assignments to hanging out with friends and spending time with family, it's impossible to manage a busy schedule if you don't have a plan and stick to it. Although it's a pain at first, plotting out specific times to do everything is actually very useful, and makes life a lot easier in the long run.
Suskihanna Gurung, 16, Delia Memorial School (Broadway)
This year was a roller coaster of emotions and experience for me. I got out of my comfort zone. I joined my first Young Post workshop, and took part in a few competitions. This allowed me to make friends with like-minded people. I learned that those who dare to dream and take action will be truly happy. It also taught me that trivial matters or troublesome people should not prevent us from achieving our goals.
Liam Fung, 11, Chinese International School
The answer is simple - how to be a good person. I have finally realised the importance of being a true gentleman with good values and behaviour. Now I actually understand the purpose of being alive - to pass on the things I've learned to others, so that we can have people with great power and knowledge in the future. When my time is up, this is what it all comes down to - whether I've done my job or not.
Lawrence Liang, 15, Renaissance College Hong Kong
I've learned how important initiative is this year. As you grow up, less and less people are going to tell you what to do. It's all up to me to get the job done. You have to start taking charge of your own life because ultimately what you become will be completely your choice.
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