Yes, I think schools do in fact kill creativity because when we are kids we have more imagination and creativity. When we start going to school we lose that because we are just so focused on getting a better mark, we don't bother to be creative and use our imagination. The fact that getting a degree nowadays does not guarantee you a job is absolutely ridiculous. When you put so much money and work into getting the education you need for a certain job, and you aren't guaranteed a job it is just a waste of time and lots of money. Also another issue that concerns me is that teachers who make us learn about stuff some of us aren't even remotely interested in. We should learn about stuff that is going to be useful for us after school. I also think we shouldn't be sorted in grades by our ages, some of us learn at different speeds than others. I suggest that we be put into groups with people that learn at the same speed as us than the same age. There are certain skills I need for my future in order to survive in the real world such as communicating effectively, learning how to pay my bills etc. Schools should provide and give you options to take classes that offer to teach you all these skills.

Hello, my name is Manpreet and I'm sixteen years old. I'm currently attending L.A Matheson Secondary and I am in grade eleven. I've lived in beautiful British Columbia my whole life and as much as I love it, I would love to move away one day. I would say that i'm a openminded and quiet person unless you know me very well. I like to keep to myself most of the time and would rather sit in my room holed up with an amazing book than interact with the world. I hate people who are ignorant and close minded. I'm a huge supporter of LGBT rights. I believe that everyone should be able to be together no matter what size, shape, race or gender they are, like Macklemore said "Gay rights are human rights; there is no separation." At home I live with my crazy but loving family of six, my grandpa, dad, mom, sister and my annoying younger brother. 

Reading is one of my passions. I can't even count the number of books i've read. Getting lost in a book has got to be one of the best feelings and finishing a great book has got to be bittersweet. Some of my favourite authors are J.K Rowling (Obviously), John Green, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sylvia Path, and Suzanne Collins. I don't think I can say I have a favourite book, it would probably be one of the hardest decisions I would have to make. There's too many! Another passion of mine is hockey. I'm a huge hockey fanatic. I love the sport because of the excitement, the hard hits and the dedication all the players put into every single game. My favourite team is the Vancouver Canucks (duh) and my favourite player is Patrick Kane.

English happens to be my favourite subject and I hope this year I learn and experience new things!