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Khalil Fong

24 years old
Year 2 student, Major in Social Work, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

I am a student at Polytechnic University, majoring in Social Work. Thinking back to my university days, they were not easy at all.

After I did the Hong Kong Certificate Exams, I was not given a place for further studies in F.6 at my secondary school. Two years later, my A-Level Exam results did not guarantee me a place in university. I ended up enrolling in a sub-degree program, and it was a major setback. It was only when I was in the first year of sub-degree that I realized marks did not represent everything. I started to question my motivation for getting into university, and reflect on what my real interests are.

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Many young people see getting into university as their life goal. But as Khalil pointed out, have they stopped to question their underlying motivation? Should we, as a society, provide our youth with more options so that young people can apply their strengths in a wider variety of paths?

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