Describe a difficult challenge you came across at one time in your life.
You should say:
what it was
when you came across this challenge
what you did about it
and explain why you think it was a difficult challenge
Something I faced which I found very challenging actually, was a corporate finance examination I had to prepare for as part of a business course I was studying. I am not very good with numbers actually. And I don’t even like finance stuff. I had to do the exam as it was part of the course, I couldn’t pass the course without doing this module, so I had no choice. Anyway, I actually asked for help and had some extra lessons with people who understood finance and that was sort of useful. Though to be honest it was really hard to find a good teacher – most people that are good at finance already have great jobs and so don’t want or need to spend their free time teaching finance to people like me! I had to work out a lot of stuff by myself and it was a struggle, to be honest, a real struggle. I don’t have good memories of this at all. I am usually quite good at the things that I do, I mean, I learn fast and don’t find it that difficult to do academic things or grasp complex ideas. But when it comes to financial stuff or anything related to maths or numbers, my mind seems to get stuck, I even start to panic a little bit, and can’t really move forward. Some of this is most certainly a psychological barrier and some of it is simply a weakness in my mental abilities. I find this very frustrating and annoying, and in preparing for this finance exam, I felt it very strongly. I’m so glad this is over and I don’t have to do another one!
1. Do you think parents should give their children more challenges?
I think that parents here already put too much pressure on their kids to be honest. I think that children today have enough challenges already and don’t need more and more imposed upon them by over-zealous parents who are highly competitive. I think that parents should be a bit more relaxed and not pressurize kids to constantly do new and challenging things.
2. What challenges do you think children might have to face up to in life?
Children usually have a lot of pressure in school in all sorts of academic subjects. They have to be competitive, they have to study hard, they have to learn to read and write a lot of characters. It’s not easy. These are all challenges.
3. What is one of the most challenging things for children?
I think middle school examinations. They’re horrible, they’re difficult, and they’re really stressful. I think everyone agrees with this. Very challenging indeed.