`An Excerpt: Form Three! What to do?

So thanks to Dylan Lim, a fellow NSCFL camper, he has added me to the list of contributors of the NSCFL blog. I would like to share my submission here, specifically addressed to all my fellow students.

So this is me expressing my opinions, mainly directed to tweens my age. And I’m sure everyone was or will be a Form Three student, or what my friends like to call ‘The Year of Hell’. Who wouldn’t be scared? I’m terrified, because I’m worried I wouldn’t be able to exceed everyone’s expectations. Through everyone’s eyes, I’m the top student who would be most likely to score straight As in any exam. The peer pressure of wanting to get excellent results in PMR is enough to bring down my whole house.

I know, it’s only the first day of school and I’m starting to gripe like a know-it-all, but I can imagine the difficult path already laid out in front of me. School, tuition, books, and more tuition. And I also know most seniors would say PMR is a piece of cake, which I get as rebukes very often, but the P to the M to the R feels like this huge time bomb that would drop on me if I don’t succeed well enough. Typical me might be bent over books and notes studying all night and day like a crazed kid that would think the world is going to end if I don’t get straight As.

But I still feel that way, only less now that I realise getting straight As in PMR, or any public exam at all isn’t the main goal in life. Everything is in God’s hands, His decisions to make, and whatever he decides, I won’t try to disobey. Of course, I will still feel like an epic failure if I fail, but at least I still know that God is watching, and still loves me as of how I love Him as well.

In the end, it all comes down to God’s love for all, whether you get 8As or 1A or none at all. We’re still equal human beings. Acing an exam doesn’t give us a crown or halo to glorify our success.

So, fellow Form Three students out there, let’s not get too pressurised over this PMR, kay? The world doesn’t revolve around it, and neither should our lives. Even though school life is about exams all the time.

God Bless, everyone, and have a happy new year. ❤

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Author: Michelle Teoh

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

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