You want to be a nurse or an architect, a lawyer or
a member of our military? You’re going toneed a good education for every single one of those
careers. You can’tdrop out of school and just drop into a good job. You’ve got to work for it and train for it and learn for it. (Barack Obama)
Do you believe in the benefits of engaging in
different activities/experiences or do you think that education should always
be a young person’s priority?
is always important for younger people but it shouldn’t be the number one
priority. School can only teach you a bit about life, so you have to use other
resources to obtain experience and knowledge to overcome life obstacles. The
more you know and the more information you learn inside and outside school, the
better. As Obama says in the quote, “you’ve got to work for it and train for it
and learn for it”.
course no one can learn everything in life, but if you want to pursue something
more specific, you should try and learn the most about it. You can travel, read
books about it, workshadow or even do an internship. The latter – workshadowing
and doing an internship - will give you the most knowledge if you already know
what you want. When you apply for another job, you can write on your resume
about that internship or whatever you did to gain skills, and they will
probably value you more for that, so you will have more chances of being
conclude, my advice to you is, while you are studying, try to do different
things to gain experience in life, and even after you start working, keep on
learning, about your area and still more!
Escuro, de Ana Luísa Amaral, é um extraordinário livro onde se reflete sobre a literatura e sobre as inquietações do nosso tempo e do nosso quotidiano, e onde surge, com grande fulgor, um diálogo polifónico com Fernando Pessoa e o seu drama em gente. Porque «O lume que as sustenta, / a estas vozes, / é mais de dentro, e eu não o sei dizer».
There is one race, the human race. There is something wrong when one group of people cannot get along with any other group of people. (Errol Anthony Smythe)
A vital society preserves difference - conformism kills society. (Thomas Merton)
Nowadays, we live in a multicultural society where people with different races, cultures and beliefs all work together to build a better world. Thanks to globalisation, we are used to sharing experiences with other people and that is a perfect way to evolve.
However, there are many people who still think that their own culture is superior and, because of it, usually discriminate against other citizens. As Norman Rockwell shows, I believe that you shouldn't act that way because you should do to other people what you would want them to do to you. In addition, I agree with Errol Anthony when he states that there is something wrong with xenophobic people since they cannot get along with other groups of people and, thus, miss opportunities to learn new things.
Finally, Thomas Merton says that a good and developed society is one that preserves difference and I couldn't agree more since we, as individuals, and our society will improve every day if we can reach out for other cultures.
To sum up, I believe that the only way we can become better citizens is to accept the multicultural world around us and learn with it.
The importance of music and reading in teenagers' lives
Music and reading have really important roles in my life.
Music is something that can make us feel really good about ourselves and it's not just about the lyrics; the melody transmits to us a vibe that we can't explain. When I come home or even when I study, I listen to music and after a few minutes of pure mental liberty, I can feel really better.
Reading has a total different meaning. When I read, I can imagine myself in another world. Some say it's boring, but people who say that probably haven't seen the side of reading that I always have. Books are so much more than pieces of paper. Books are life-changers; they are teleporters to a new and magical dimension.
Music and books, in my opinion, can be an escape from our problems and, if we use them well, we definitely won't be wasting our time.