Update: 10:54AM KAILA - AS the long eight-week holidays draw to a close this week students around the country will be wrapping up the holiday festivities and look ahead to the start of the new school year for 2013.
As in past years, this upcoming school year will be filled with many new challenges and distractions that affect many, if perhaps, not all students.
Miriama Tinai, a soon to be Form Four student of Naiyala High School, Wainibuka is one such student. The 15-year-old said that life as a high school student was quite challenging.
She said one of the issues she faced as a student was the need to travel to school early. This was difficult since she had to travel a long distance to her school she said.
She also says the most distracting thing she encounters at school is the easy access that she and her friends have to Facebook, a social networking site that allows people to socialise and interact via the internet. In addition, the issues of bulling and peer pressure from her friends were things that she highlighted as problems she faced as a student.
Likewise, Meti Kolinisau, a Form Five student of Suva Grammar School, said the most challenging matter he faced as a student was peer pressure. He also said those who most distracted were his friends.
His advice to students is for students to associate themselves with the right kind of people and work hard in their schoolwork.
Sunia Vakamoce, another student who is due to begin school next week said he also faces challenges such as peer pressure and bullying at his school.
The Kadavu lad also mentioned drug abuse, smoking and the unavailability of the internet as problems that he is faced with as a student. He however says that in order to overcome those challenges one must not follow the wrong crowd and instead associate with the right type of people.
Three Gospel High School students Virisila Daucakacaka, Susan Cole and Pasemaca Cole, were also out and about on Tuesday getting their school things prepared.
Two of the girls, Pasemaca and Virisila are to be in Form Three and Susan Cole is to begin Form Five this year. They said that some of the challenges that they expected to face this year were things such as new subjects, new teachers, bullying and the distraction of watching television.
When asked what they would go about overcoming these challenges they said it would be really good if students would focus mainly on schoolwork during the school year so they would not get distracted. This would be the only way to succeed, they said.