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I can still remember the reactions of my classmates when I told them I am going to complete my test quickly and go to meet my idol. I was in my early 20s, when meeting my idol was more important than my university test. Anyway, I did complete the test, I just left early. Also, I made sure that I did well in other assignments and final examination so that the final mark of the subject was not affected badly.
That was the decision I made. After so many years, no one remember which subject or what mark did I get. But I remember the experience of the long queue and the warm smile from my idol.
Thus, when my student told me, she “sacrificed” the Chinese language CA2 examination to try to complete for an arts project that she cares a lot; I was not shocked at all.
Nonetheless, I would like her to understand some important points in making a decision:
1. One must be ready to take the consequences
She failed her Chinese language CA2 examination. Even if she got 100 marks for her Chinese language SA2 examination, she would still need to face the music as overall she still fails the subject.
2. One must consider the priority
Her other classmates were focusing on the examination rather than the arts project. Different people have different priorities. I will not say that she made a wrong decision, but I want her to consider the following:
(a) What is the percentage of the marks of the arts project go to the final mark of the subject?
(b) Likewise, what is the percentage of the marks of the Chinese language SA2 examination go to the final mark of the subject?
(c) Which subject do you put in more effort? The one that you are weak at or the one that you are good at?
The answers are obvious. We put in priority for higher percentage of the marks that go to the final mark of the subject and put in more effort in the subject that we are weak at. You may have different point of view, which leads us to the third point.
3. Worth it?
In the end, she failed her Chinese language CA2 examination and did not complete the arts project. Also, the arts teacher has decided to extend the due date to one month later. What has she gained?
For my case, I gained the experience that I cherish for the rest of my life, it was an once-in-a-lifetime experience. I won’t regret it and I can show my children and grandchildren of my idol’s signature. Most important of all, I did not fail the subject.
For her case, I do think that it is too big a sacrifice. Things have happened, I hope she learn from this incident and make better decision next time.
I bought a lady bicycle last year. I only cycle around the neighbourhood, for I am timid and it has been quite some time since I last cycled. The furthest that I have cycled was with Cyclists Interest Group to Pasir Ris Park at the neighbouring town. The trip was fun, we rode slowly and there was refreshment waiting for us when we reached the park.
I continue with my weekly cycling session alone around the neighbourhood, I take it as the training for my solo trip to Pasir Ris Park. I plan another route, about 1 km longer.
On the fateful day, I embarked on my solo journey with food, drinks and of course, GPS. It was tiring cycling alone, though I stopped once in a while to rest and check that I was on the right track. I was almost exhausted when I reached a bicycle stand. GPS showed that I was near the park and I parked my bicycle there. To my surprise, it was a bicycle stand for a resort. But I was too tired after the long journey, so I had my refreshment.
Feeling refreshed, I walked out of the resort and continued further into a park. If I just cycled for another 50m, I could have reached my destination. But the green scenery has blinded me, I thought it was a dead-end. I walked around the park, enjoying the fresh air and bird chirping, and found a cycling track. I could not leave my bicycle, so I walked back to the resort, and continued my journey on wheels.
The route back was shorter, I cycled all the way back without stopping. It was such a satisfaction.
- Always plan ahead. For students, plan your study.
- Train yourself before the actual trip. For students, practise before exams.
- Make all the necessary preparation for the trip. For students, make sure you bring your stationery and calculator for exams.
- It is OK to detour and take a break. Don’t stress yourself out before you reach the destination.
- Check that you are on the right track.
- Challenge yourself to be better.
- Don’t give up. You will reach your destination eventually, it’s just a matter of time.