Doing it right: Your number one goal this school year

Doing it right: Your number one goal this school year

We asked our readers what their number one goal is for the new academic year. From managing their time better to joining the cheerleading team, here are our favourite answers


What goals do you have for the year?
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Run up to the exams

I’m in Form Six now, so my goal is to work as hard as possible so that I can get good results in my DSE exams. I don’t want to feel stressed during the exam period, so I will try my best to study at least 30 minutes every day.

Farooq Kainat, 17, HKTA The Yuen Yuen Institute No. 3 Secondary school

Better than the last

My goal is to make this year better than the last. Last year was my first year as a senior. There were many things I wasn’t used to, such as the timetable and the new curriculum. Hopefully this year will be easier.

Tracy Chen Cheuk-tung, 16, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

Talking Points: what worries you the most about the upcoming school year?


The usual. Get good enough grades. Make it to the end of the year. Survive.

Michelle Chin, 15, Renaissance College

How to make time

Time management is a big weakness of mine. I want to learn how to balance my time between work and play, as I enter this fast-paced world of Year Nine. I believe that sorting out my time and priorities is essential for a productive school life.

Yuhan Huang, 13, German Swiss International School

Hip hip hurrah

I have set a few goals for myself this year, and the first on my list is to sign up for as many activities as possible. Since I am now in Form Five, this might be the last year I will have time to take part in extracurricular activities. That’s why I plan to join the cheerleading team and also plan to do some volunteer work.

Queenwin Hau, 15, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

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Stay posistive

My goal is to keep a positive mindset. Most students put a lot of pressure on themselves to do well in their exams, and that can take a real toll on their mental health. I think being optimistic is a good way to give ourselves the boost we need. A little encouragement goes a long way, and it doesn’t have to come from other people. I will try to remember this and keep cheering myself on this year.

Donna Izabel, 17, HKTA The Yuen Yuen Institute No. 3 Secondary School

Arabian dreams

To get into my dream university – New York University Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. It would mean the world to me if I could study there, so I am working hard preparing my application.

Charlotte Fong, 17, International Christian School

For mother

I want to make my mum proud. She has done a lot to put me in a position where I can reach for the things I want, and I want to make all her hard work and sacrifices worth it.

Cheryl Lai, 15, Renaissance College

What is your first thought of the day?

Step up and be counted

Step out of my comfort zone. I want to start writing more and sharing my thoughts more, too. These are two thing that I am not comfortable doing. I believe with determination, my writing skills can improve and I can become more confident in speaking
with others.

Audrey Lo, 16, Pui Ching Middle School

Back to studying

My number one goal is to maintain the grades I’ve been getting so far, and to build good relationships with all my new teachers this year.

Daniel Chung Ho-man, 15, Victoria Shanghai Academy

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This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Doing it right this year


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