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Do challenges in life serve to showcase the best in young people ?
 
To answer this question, we must examine the words in this statement. `Young people', as I understand, would those in their teens and early twenties refer to. The challenges in life would be what life throws up for the growing young person, be it physical, moral, mental or emotional. The point is that he has to put in a struggle to meet with a challenge when it presents itself. Except for a few who cannot cope mentally and emotionally, and who buckle under the strain, challenges will bring out admirable qualities in people, the young included.

An example would be the first day in school. A young child would have to learn to be brave, independent, adaptable and resilient when he enters the brave, new world of primary schooling. Similarly, a young person who enters high school or university and especially those who study overseas, would have to marshal all the resilient qualities in himself to be able to cope on his own. While overseas, he has to cope with loneliness. All these demands should hone desirable qualities in him.

The local press sometimes brings up cases of children who have lost their parents. The elder children would have to take care of their younger siblings. The role of a guardian is suddenly thrust on their young shoulders, making them mature beyond their years. They have to learn to do housework and provide emotional support for their young siblings.

A competitive education system places great strains on students. Demands are made on them to cope with a that competes in tests and assessments and performs in co-curricular activities so as to be assessed accordingly. Sometimes, the weak students cannot cope and end up as physical or mental wrecks in the rat race. However, the vast majority learn to cope with the system and adjust to it.

Students will learn that discipline, hard work and a willingness to forgo present pleasures for future gains are needed in studies. In competing in games or sports, perseverance, determination and moral courage would come into play. An example would be in running a long distance race. Also, students who embark on canoeing or mountaineering expeditions would learn to be brave and to cope with pain and suffering.

When students become workers, the qualities which they have cultivated to meet the demands of their educational system will be needed to cope with the rigors of working life. Students-turned-workers will be challenged to cultivate qualities like honesty, efficiency and learning on the job. Life will throw up challenges for young people, but it will bring up the best in them too.

     
buckle   collapse
     
wrecks   ruins
     
throw up   heave
 
 

 

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