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“Think of it this way, half your competition’s gone.” The context of this quote; a conversation with college counsellors about the perks of all-women colleges. Taken out of context, it could also be the complete opposite; an argument for the perks of all-men colleges.
Many high school seniors around the world are going through what I’m going through — that ‘last period’ before making the transition to another stage of life.
At home in Adelaide, Jon Aspin takes a look at the Vietnamese experience. Photos by George Tan
As in previous years, the United Nations International School (UNIS) has opened its doors to scholarship applications for the academic year, 2015 to 2016.
The way things change in the teenage years snaps into focus on that most important day of the calendar — the birthday. Teenagers’ birthdays may include an exciting night out partying with friends: dancing, socialising and maybe even getting drunk.
It has already been seven weeks since summer break started, and now I’m left with just seven more days of this holiday. I have entered the ‘panic stage’ of the holiday as I — along with all the other teenagers in the world — have finally noticed the large pile of summer reading and projects that I had hidden in the corner of my memory. While lamenting the misfortune of the ‘return of school’, somewhere very deep in my heart a small speck of relief and comfort sparkles.
When I was 13, I got my first-ever cell phone — a tiny black Nokia phone, with a screen as big as my thumb. Four years later, I’m sitting here with a 4.5-inch screen full-touch smart phone, an iPod containing my favourite 347 songs, and a Fujitsu tablet, its screen capable of spinning 180 degrees.