It’s currently 6am and I am awake to catch the direct shuttle bus from marine parade to ntu on a daily basis.
I’m left with 64 days of formal education, before moving on to a full time job as as working adult.
Reality check: I am barely 22 years old.
Reality check twice: I am going to enter the workforce permanently.
This really hit me hard right in the face. Firstly, I would like to thank my various teachers through out my education journey who have definitely left footprints in my heart and inspired me to become an educator myself.
“You just finished high school, you can coach a level students!?” That’s what my parents told me. But I refused to believe them, taking on my first a level tuition job in 2014.
From there, I’ve gained experience and familiarity with the A level syllabus. The seemingly hard syllabus is actually very understandable and simple if taught properly and at an appropriate pace.
In NUS high school, we basically skipped foundational science and started taking o levels triple science at the age of 13. Barely 12 for me then.
Was this too hard for young kids? It would seem not as many of us grasped then concepts easily because we were learning in a fun environment with excellent teaching pedagogy.
We never needed to sit for standardized testing. Apart from the SATS and AP examinations.
Due to this strain of exam stress removed. We were able to learn for the sake off learning and for the joy of learning science. Not merely to meet targets and pass exams. Never merely for letter grades.
Secondly, our gpa system with 60% course work and 40% examinations greatly reduces the importance placed on a “one all ends all” approach.
Thirdly, this allowed us to engage in higher level thinking and learning, applying higher order thinking skills more effectively. This rigour is applicable across all fields of interest I have went on to study now.
Having graduated with an honours in mathematics and chemistry. Equivalent of 2 h3 subjects and 2 h2 subjects…
Along with a research project under the science mentorship programme with A STAR Institute of materials and engineering research (IMRE)
I conducted research on catalytic materials and spent a bazillion years in the lab conducting fractional distillation. Oh the joy.
I went on to be pragmatic, pursuing a 3 years direct honours degree accountancy at Nanyang Business School. One of the top business schools in Asia. According to QS rankings.
Today, I’ve landed a job in deloitte with the financial services industry. I aspire to go into management consulting eventually and hence chose the general route of slogging it out for the next 3 years or so….
I hope to do An MBA at LSE someday and maybe even go into academia full time. All these are questions I can eventually persue and answer along the way.
Having been financially independent since the age of 18. My savings and tuition income have been enough to buy my daily meals and transport.
Now I’m looking to move into my own room/apartment and live the fully adult life by 2018.
Currently, I’m taking up A level tuition assignments during recess week with 64 days left to prep for finals. I’m also signing up as as relief uber driver with my mums rented car .
If anyone with an drivers Liscense And more than 2 years driving experience and wants some fast cash HMU I can get you some rides…
This rush to work and earn is mostly fuelled by my extreme case of wanderlust. Wanting to conquer every continent before I turn 25. Wanting to hike tour du mont blanc. Wanting to skydive and bungee jump in NZ. Wanting to take the train up JUNGFRAUJOCH and soack in the beauty of Swiss alps 😍
With 14 days of annual leave… all these will hardly be possible… hence ..
Debbz grad trip adventure begins:
1 July to 20 July
10 days in Greece
10 days in central/eastern europe
WISHIN I had 50 more days abroad… but this will have to suffice for now. As a respite from the crazy Singaporean life. Much needed chill pill. Finally having time to read my kindle. Finally having time to sit in a cafe with ABSOLUTELY NO AGENDA.
Convocation happens: the week of 25 July
Absolutely cannot wait for this journey to begin/end/transition.
Singaporean life is so fast paced and busy.. well maybe its just me stressing myself out. Whatever it may be.
Life’s been great. University days were definitely the best days of my life man.NO RAGRETS.
Meanwhile… Prof.. just let me graduate lah…. *prays to bell curve God*