Originally Posted by anonymus
Hi, could you guys tell me about the interview for the scholarships? I heard that once you got through the selection test, you're almost in. ANd the interview is just to "make sure". Is that true? 8O What's it like to enter at sec 3? I'm from KL. Oh, do you get to pick an extra language, like, say, japanese or french? I'd love to learn those two!
Living with 3 other people in the same room must be erm... tough?exciting?no privacy? 8O From what I've read in this forum, most of you entered at JC....I'm not sure if entering at sec 3 is any better, perhaps an earlier start is better?
p/s Thanks so much for your cooperation
hmm...i entered in sec 1 after form 1 in 1996 but not everybody who gets to the interview stage gets to go through though...not too sure about those who come in sec 3.
And for the language part, it depends 'cos ppl who take the language course in Singapore take it as a subject for O levels. So, if you have done the language before and have already reached an acceptable level, you are allowed to go for it.
As for living in a boarding school, it really depends on you and the bunch of ppl around! When I was there, it was the time when we had super-soaker wars, birthday dunking sessions, stripping ppl for no reason, hiding rotten eggs below the bed and all sorts of nonsense. Anyway, the rules have become stricter in the boarding school i was in since but the best thing was to get to know ppl from Indonesia all the way to Korea, occassionally some Australians/Brits and sharing stories, studying & doing things together, etc.
Also, like chenchow said, there's no turning back after going to a Singapore secondary school but I have to say the benefits I received from my secondary school was amazing. Getting sent for national competitions (I was in a band and also won the 1st prize in a science centre competition), good facilities for doing fun lab experiments (was playing with chloroform and mice), receiving private one-to-one sessions with your teachers (no need for tuition), teachers bringing us out for supper almost every Friday night, etc. It's really an unforgettable experience for me.
Truthfully speaking, it's not exactly that stressful until you reach JC. So perhaps you should consider leaving Singapore for Taylor's or some other A Level Malaysian colleges at that time since you'll save about a year as colleges in Malaysia have their exams in June and for Singapore it's November, while most UK/US universities start their term in Sept/Oct.
However, I realised that some good schools in Malaysia offer that too...so if you're in such a school in Malaysia. You should perhaps consider staying back in KL.
As you would have known, not everyone can adapt to a new environment as quickly as everybody else. So, those who can't adapt as quickly normally suffer badly both academically and emotionally.