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Audrey Cheng Jia Li, A Motivated and Independent Student

Audrey is an independent and self-motivated student who works diligently towards achieving her goals and takes the initiative to clarify doubts with her teachers. As an active member of Media@Fairfield, she represented the school in the Canon EOS World Competition as well as the National University of Singapore Photography Competition. Her commitment and capabilities in her CCA enabled her to be appointed as the Secretary of Media@Fairfield, which allowed her to hone her leadership skills and showcase her strong sense of responsibility.

How did you feel when you collected your results?
To be honest, I was surprised to be called out to the stage twice for being one of the outstanding all-round students and for achieving an L1R5 of less than 10. I couldn’t believe it as it was my first time being acknowledged on a stage in my four years in Fairfield.

Are there any key people whom you owe your success to?
I attribute my success to my teachers, my friends, my parents and the school.

My teachers played a very important role throughout my academic journey and as such, I’m very grateful for their guidance and assistance. They were very dedicated in their work and were always willing to arrange consultation sessions to help the weaker students. The teachers always took it upon themselves to engage the class in discussions and often told us jokes to engage us. Though they were strict and had high expectations of us, they were caring and accommodating deep down. Despite having endless heaps of tests, assignments and examination scripts to mark, they would still put in the extra effort to prepare sufficient resources to help us clinch our distinctions. The teachers were also very patient with us and were always committed in maximising our fullest potential. They had faith in us that we would be able to do well even when we were doubtful of ourselves. Nearing the GCE O-Level examinations, the teachers did their very best for us and cheered us on. Without their encouragement and selflessness, I would not have become the person I am today. 

I would also like to thank my classmates and friends who were there with me throughout my life in Fairfield. Helping each other out in times of need was crucial in bringing out the best in each one of us. Such collective help and love I received in this very school enabled me to achieve my goals. 

I am also grateful to my parents for always being there for me and for being supportive of my choices. I would like to thank them for their time and effort in helping me to become the best version of myself.    

I am also thankful to Fairfield for its providence. It was by no chance that I was accepted into this school via appeal. I am thankful for the opportunity to enter this school despite my T-score being lower than the cut-off point that year. I am grateful to our Principal for helping and reminding us to live out our Fairsian outcomes during morning assemblies and Principal talks, which in turn enabled us to become a vibrant community of active lifelong learners and influential leaders.

How did you manage your time between your commitment towards your studies and holding key appointments in your CCAs?

It is important to be able to juggle both your studies and appointed CCA duties at the same time. Sorting out these priorities will definitely help you to better manage your time. In addition, I keep a book containing my schedules and plan out my time each week by listing out all school events, consultation slots and revision schedules. It is also good to plan an ‘emergency’ free time slot.

Do you have any advice for the 2017 batch of Secondary 4/5 students? 

‘Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.’ It is good to have high but realistic expectations of yourself. This will keep you on your toes and motivate you to work for your desired results.

‘Practice makes perfect.’ Work hard and keep practising those Ten Years Series questions because sometimes, the exact same question may appear in your O-Level examinations, though I am not trying to promote rote learning. This is especially so for subjects like Mathematics and Chemistry, where practice really goes a long way in helping you to clinch the coveted distinctions.

Remember to keep yourself hydrated and healthy, as increased blood circulation will aid you in your revision and memory work. Make sure you have sufficient sleep every day to keep yourself fresh and alert. I wish you all the best!