Don't become an unhappy "robot" - there are always ways to be happy and succeed

Don't become an unhappy "robot" - there are always ways to be happy and succeed

Tse Hiu-laam’s video is based on the problems she faced after choosing a wrong elective in secondary school


UNICEF HK MAV Column video Mechanical life by Tse Hiu Laam

I got the idea for my video Mechanical Life after choosing a wrong elective for the HKDSE. I picked visual arts and accounting, but soon realised that visual arts was a very difficult subject. The workload was so heavy that I found myself lagging behind in other subjects. So my overall academic performance dropped. I tried as hard as I could, but my results showed no improvement.

The school-based assessments added to the stress. Finally, in the first term of secondary five, I decided to drop visual arts to concentrate more on my other studies.

Although I still didn’t perform as well as I expected, there was less pressure and I was happier.

There is no dialogue in my video; I want viewers to think about it and form their own opinions. Experience tells me that, despite the obstacles you face, success is always possible. Instead of complaining, you should try looking at a problem from a different angle. This could bring hope and satisfaction.

I do not feel that I am “mechanical”, but I think a lot of my classmates are living a boring life. They are like “robots” and are tired of studying.

Unicef HK’s Make A Video programme helps people to understand that we always have a choice in deciding the path we should take. In Mechanical Life, the central character feels a lot of pressure because of the school workload.

Similarly, we may face all kinds of problems that we think cannot be solved. But, remember, there is always a way. It all depends on the decisions we make.

I believe that all roads lead to Rome. With willpower and effort, we can all achieve our goals.


Unicef HK’s “Believe in Zero, Make a Video” competition gives young people a chance to express themselves through video. The project is co-organised by Unicef HK and the Hong Kong Arts Centre’s IVFA, with support from Young Post. Check out the videos here, and you can email your feedback to


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