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Monday, May 19, 2008
This article I read reminded me of my young schooling days. When i was young, there were foreign students in my class too, n it's not surprising they're usually a few years older than i am but in the same class as me. Usually, they're very good at Maths, but suck at the English language n science paper cos they can't express themselves well in English. That's in primary school, but the situation wasn't as bad since i was studying in a neighbourhood school juz across the street from my house..
When I went into secondary school at Temasek in 1998, there are quite a number of foreigners in my level. Yes, n they're clever too.. Being the competitive me, i use them as a gauge, as the one to beat, but most of the time, i crashed with my face flat on the ground. Well, it doesn't really matter, since i'll owas come back up n fight again. Occasionally, I'll beat them in some stuffs, n dat gave me the extra adrenaline to go on. Of cos, being in a school like Temasek, it's not juz the foreigners are good, almost everyone in my class was as good as they can get. The rat race to become the best of the best was tough indeed..
After the years of battling in Temasek, i told myself i've had enuff n chose my next school to be a less competitive one. I went to TPJC rather than TJC. It was a nice school with friendly people rather than people who's owas trying to beat u. I made lots of nice friends n i dare to say the 2 yrs in TPJC are my happiest days in a school in my whole life. BUT, my results took a serious dive n i almost looked like i couldn't get into a university. I couldn't find the motivation or the strength to power myself on.
Wad i wanna say to students today facing the massive influx of foreign students is FIGHT ON. It doesn't really matter that u can't beat them. I can guarantee u dat in the midst of the battles with them, u'll find urself improving too. If there's no competition, there's no improvement. Wad's the point of being the top student with 80points in a less competitive environment when u can actually become a better student with the competition n scoring 90points but isn't the top student? Take them as a motivation, as a kind of pushing force to keep you going.
Giving up is easy, but the true winners are those who fight on. At least u know u have a fighting chance of winning them if u carry on. If u give up totally, then u have zero chance of victory. As the saying goes, "To overcome your fear, You have to face it". If young Singaporean kids today are such a weak bunch of students who surrender upon strong competition, i really fear for their future.
To the writer of this article, i urge her to carry on working hard. Yes, those foreigners are older n possess the more developed brain, but that doesn't mean they're immune to making mistakes or such. Trust me, if there's one day u manage to beat them, u'll feel like u're on top of the world, n u can say it with a smug dat they, with the supposedly more developed brain, lost to me of a younger age with a less matured brain. Hard work will eventually pay off one day.