in your 20s
life to the fullest
What happened to local celebrities when they were in their 20s?
How do youths of today view themselves? What are the values shared
by celebrities and youths when they were, and are, in their 20s?
This is what this special issue explores. The 20s, supposingly
with flying colours, differs from person to person. Some celebrities
were gangsters in their 20s, whilst some worked as Mr. Nobodys.
Some took to the streets, whereas others experienced war. Meanwhile,
some are enjoying fame in their early 20s already. Each differs,
but they all have wound up, in various degrees, on the road to
success and have developed into well-rounded individuals.
The reasons behind success include hard work. Provided there
is time, diligence gets its just reward. When complacent youths
of today are yelling in foul language about having no room to
grow in society, do they ever work hard and live up to their fullest
potential? How many of them are abusing drugs in discos when the
day is nigh? It seems ridiculous to quote President John Kennedy’s
inaugural address decades ago — “Ask not what your country can
do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” Yet, it reflects
the very spirit of what youths lack today — to give rather than
to take. When society provides all the necessities, youths of
today are still lonely and fragile, because they have never known
what is poverty and hardship, nor what a cradle they are living
In this issue, what we want to share with readers is how the
celebrities of today have gone through hardships and uncertainties,
and how their 20s changed their lives. Tomorrow is brighter than
today, provided there is contemplation and diligence. With these,
we hope to encourage youths to grasp every chance they have to
develop to the fullest, not aiming at getting famous, but aiming
at growing into understanding and thinking individuals. Their
stories are not simply stories, but reflections of sweat and tears.
Their insights into life may give you a more valuable lesson than
any other lesson can give.
This is my last opportunity to write for Varsity, so I thank
all our readers and the School of Journalism and Communication
for its support throughout the year. Without the School’s support,
Varsity would not have run so smoothly, and we staffers could
not have improved issue by issue. I also thank the editing and
reporting classes. Without their hard work, producing a monthly
magazine may have been even harder than we may think, especially
when meeting tight schedule and other schoolwork simultaneously.
After eight issues of trials and errors, this magazine is still
far from being perfect. Yet, I hope all our staffers have improved
and better equipped themselves in print journalism, as well as
getting insights into society — that is what this practicum is
for. We also hope readers find it interesting and educational
to read Varsity. With the end of this academic year, we editors
will leave Varsity whilst reporters will take over the tasks next
academic term. We wish them a fruitful year, and hope that they
will give new inspiration to readers.
Varsity will see you again in November.
Chan Siu Sin