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Samuel Wong – An All-Rounder with a Spirit of Excellence
Samuel is a determined and dedicated student who sets high targets for himself and strives for excellence in both his studies and CCA. As the Company Sergeant Major of the Boys' Brigade, he led the CCA to attain the Gold Award for the J M Fraser Award for Excellence in 2016, which is given out in recognition of the Boys’ Brigade Companies' achievements in the areas of administrative and operational efficiency. Samuel has a strong interest in Mathematics and achieved the Bronze Award in the Singapore Mathematical Olympiad 2017.
(a) How did you feel when you collected your results?
I felt relieved and satisfied when I got back my results. I was also very thankful that I managed to hit my target and that my hard work paid off.
(b) Are there any key people whom you owe your success to?
I owe my success to all my subject teachers and my form teachers Mrs Jean Ho and Mr William Liew for their guidance and encouragement. I am also thankful for the support of my friends and family, who journeyed with me and believed in me. Their constant motivation and care helped me to face the year with confidence.
Lastly, I would also like to thank God for being faithful in guiding me through the year. It was indeed by God's grace that I managed to conquer the difficulties faced in 2017.
(c) How did you manage your time between your commitment towards your studies and holding key appointments in your CCA?
I made sure that I prioritised and completed what was important first, like my schoolwork and CCA responsibilities, with a sense of urgency. When I was doing my homework, I would focus solely on it. I would avoid thinking about other things like my CCA. I recognised that there is always a time to study and a time to rest and play. I was not afraid also to ask for help from my friends in my CCA when my workload was too heavy.
(d) Do you have any advice for the 2018 batch of Secondary 4 and 5 students?
Just do your best in everything, no matter how small or menial the task may seem. Surround yourself with positive influences and friends who will support and encourage you along the way. Don't neglect any subject or give up hope! Continue to persevere even if you do not see results at first. Do remain consistent in your daily work, listen in class and ask questions.
Do not be too stressed or worried! Prepare well for everything so that you can face it with confidence. Take time to mentally prepare yourself before sitting for an examination. Do not engage in last minute revision.
Stay healthy and remember to rest and relax as well. The road to the GCE O-Level examinations is not easy, but I can tell you that it is extremely enjoyable and that you will make new friends and forge great memories too.