Step back, appreciate what we have

Singapore is a very fast-paced society. When we get caught up in our own issues, we tend to neglect others and take what we have for granted, such as our teachers.

Normally, we students do not think teachers need to be appreciated. But their job is not easy at all - they have to not only ensure that a class of students do well academically but also that their students' well-being is taken care of.

We should always show our appreciation to those who have groomed us, not just on Teachers' Day.

We must also take a step back from all the things keeping us busy and reflect from time to time.

In our own bubbles, it is hard to realise that there are many who are less privileged than us and in need.

Let us do more to give back to society so that kind acts are not a rarity but something that happens commonly in Singapore.

Only when everyone is empathetic will we be able to be a truly cohesive society.

Vera Chen Yu Jing, 16

Secondary 4 student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 06, 2017, with the headline 'Step back, appreciate what we have'. Print Edition | Subscribe