Thursday, February 28, 2013

"Friends rather than family members are the most important people in the lives of modern teenagers." Do you agree? (Essay)

I believe that friends and family are equally as important in the lives of modern teenagers as 
they are the root to our happiness. Friends and family are those who care for your well being
but there are those teenagers who think likewise, ignoring their own kin for their new found
 friends. Teenagers often spend their time in school with their friends during the weekdays and 
on the weekends, they can choose whether to stay home and have some family time or go
 out with their peers. Even if they stayed home, teenagers would just stay in their rooms 
playing their games or chat on social webs rather than bond with their family. In my opinion, 
assuming that the reason why modern teenagers rather spend their time with friends is 
because they think it's cooler than hanging out with their own parent with is 
unacceptable in my eyes.

Teenagers who spends most of their time with their friends tends to have a tighter bond 
than their family members but as the quote goes, " Blood is thicker than water. " Teenagers
 trust people too easily which is the main reason why they got betrayed because not 
everyone is capable of keeping secrets as people change as they grow older and their
 view changes. 

In the past, I was close to a person that I had befriended in secondary 1. We were 
always sharing secrets and constantly gossiping about those we disliked. I couldn't accept 
her over demanding ways, always thinking that everyone's under her clutches.  For the past 
three years we've spent together, I've always been giving in to that horrible attitude of hers. 
As i enter the life of Secondary four, I realized that she had turned for the worse and was 
constantly pulling me to places i didn't want to go. Her childish act was too much for me to 
handle, like once where I've denied her of her selfish demands, she would take my 
belongings and ran away.
There were times where she was too lazy to bring her bag to excursions so she would put 
her items into mine even if i said disagreed to it. Because of her behavior, i was mostly 
frustrated and with no where to turn to, i went to see Miss Nicole, the school counselor. 
She told me that I have to avoid her and let her learn her mistakes by herself.
Thus, that day onwards, I've been ignoring her whenever possible. When she 
wanted me to do something, I'd simply walk roll my eyes and walk away. 
Eventually, she gave up and understood that I didn't want to be treated as a 'slave'
 anymore. Up till this day, I still detest her for what she had done to me. Just because 
I was friends with someone she hated, she would constantly talk bad about me behind my
 back. I was hurt by her actions but now that I think about it, I couldn't be bothered with her. Although I believe that friends are important, they will not be there forever. The only ones who will be here for me are my family members. They're constantly supporting me and giving me hope and strength.
In my point of view, friends are important but they cannot replace family. My family were
 the ones I spent my childhood with. They were the reason behind my happiness and
 laughters. Whereas friends may come and go whenever they like as they'll eventually 
grow tired of you. But a family member's love for you is selfless, great and unlimited. 
They know your attitude and personality since young. No matter what happens, your 
family will never give up on you. When you fall, they'll be there for you, encouraging you
 to pick yourself up. Unlike them, certain friends will leave once they know that you're 
not as good as they thought.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Meeting Myself Four Years Ago (Essay)

-Meeting Myself Four Years Ago-
The student responds to the following prompt: "You have the opportunity to have lunch with
 the person you were four years ago. What about you has changed? What has stayed the 

If I had the chance to meet the person I was four years ago, I would definitely tell myself 
that I have changed so much. From my attitude and my view of life. 

Four years ago, I was a masochist and quiet girl. When alone, I would normally feel sad and 
lonely despite being bubbly and cheerful around my friends. I always had that feeling that 
life would be much better when I am gone.  Sometimes i feel as though the only way to calm 
myself was to harm my own body both physically and mentally.
This was the reason why I saw myself as a masochist. It started when 
I was at the age of 10, not knowing that molesting wasn't right. As Time flew by as i begin to
 understand that molestation was a sin. Looking back to the past, the experience of being
 a victim was so unbearable that it had traumatized me to the extend of being unable to voice
 out the horror of having to be a victim,leaving an unforgettable scar within me.Even my 
closest kin wasn't aware of the situation I've been facing since I couldn't 
utter a word about it to them, I was terrified if they knew, they would look at me differently, 
I didn't want to be judged. It continued for 4 
years and i was only aware of the wrongs after attending Sexual Education in school. The talk
 gave me courage to tell someone about my inner pain that had been haunting me so I went
 and explained it to someone who I knew wouldn't judge me, a counselor. After having
 heard my story, she went ahead and made a police report and it turned into a huge 
issue. My parents were devastated upon hearing the news and from then onwards,
 my family held a grudge and swore never to forgive the man who laid his filthy hands 
on their precious daughter.

4 years of suffering in the dark, I'm proud to say I've grown more mature and wiser all thanks to my counselor who had been through thick and thin with me.
Apart from all the advise she gave, she was stunningly beautiful with a smile that's able ti brighten and dull and boring day. 
I would often drop by her office and share my feelings with her as I know she'll always be by my side no matter how bad the situation is.
 Like this once, I wasn't sure why I felt lost and insecure. My feelings felt all messed
 up and i couldn't tell apart my real emotions. It felt like a mess. She then told me these 
exact words " It's all part of growing up, you'll be okay." her words of inspiration lifted my 
soul and changed my view of life itself. She is always there to motivate me whenever I'm 
feeling down. Every time I feel down 
and feel like I'm being used by the people in my school, she would make me feel wanted and 
happy again. She was like an older sister whom I never had. When I was younger, I had this
 dream of changing the world in anyway. And till today, I still have the faith to make that 
dream come true. I want to change the way people are being treated. Those who suffered 
from suicide, depression or any type of melancholy, I want to help them. 

When I meet who I was 4 years back , all I could say is that I have changed as a person. And
that I would never give up trying to be happy because I deserve to be happy and that no 
one has the right to bring me down. No matter how many people are making rumour about me
or how many people hate me, I still deserve to be treated with respect because in the end,
 I'm still human with feelings. 

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