Quitter’s quote

<Dated 6 August 2008>

I quitted my prefect job today. Yeah, that’s right, you’re not seeing things. Your eyes are fine. There are no problems with your eyes. The only one with problems is me. I’m the nutcase.

There was a meeting during recess today, at 5 Kedah. Azimah started asking questions about the excos and deducting points of those who got it wrong. I got it right by sheer luck. I took a wild guess.

Anyway, I told my friend Hoi Chin ( a prefect too) that I was going to quit if there were any chances. I was just partly joking that time, because I didn’t think Azimah would be kind enough to let anyone off now. Before the meeting ended, she really did ask “Anyone thinking of stepping down?” and Hoi Chin was like, “Go on. Say it if you want,” and I was like “I dunno, do I really want to?” Before I knew it, my hand was in the air. Azimah noticed me. She asked why and I said “Tak laratlah” (Not capable of handling this job anymore ) So she -miraculously-let me off. I was quivering in fear the whole way back. Azleea and Hanum (my prefect friends) seem to be angry with me so I walked back to class all alone with a growling stomach because the bell had already rang ages ago.

I went home, my head dizzy with all the thinking at school. Worse, my thinkings were contradicting each other. Here’s the list of Pros and Cons of being a prefect.

PROS

  1. Boost up my self-esteem and confidence.
  2. Be more disciplined.
  3. Feel very “grand” wearing a blue baju kurung.
  4. Chinese elected to be prefects is like seeing a five-petaled clover, an extremely rare oppurtunity in a school like Asma.
  5. Family would be so proud. 😉
  6. Spending more time with Anum and Leea.
  7. Proving that my teacheres haven’t chose the wrong candidate for the job.
  8. Bully juniors when I’m in Form 5. (nah, just joking;) )
  9. Wearing baju kurung which is way more cooler than wearing the pinafore.
  10. Get an anugerah. (hopefully)

CONS

  1. Unnessecary worries. (I was dreading 3N every day)
  2. Ultimately busy.
  3. Might affect my studies.
  4. Gain students’ hatred.
  5. Get bullied by seniors.
  6. Heavier punishments and worse scoldings by Cikgu Noni if I make ONE teeny weeny mistake.
  7. Will have to continue duties even though you’re sick. (Noni once shrieked at a prefect who was sick during assembly and went to the sick bay.)
  8. Cannot goof around with my friends anymore.
  9. Always given the responsibilty to watch the class during teachers’ absence.
  10. The LIGHT BLUE among the BLUE AND WHITE.

If I held a debate, it would be “Cons of being a prefect is more than its pros”. Maybe.

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Author: Michelle Teoh

21-year-old cynical Asian, book enthusiast and purveyor of fine sarcasm.

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