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“Not all who wander are lost” -- Noah Grigoroff of Sec 4B 2019 finds success off the beaten track.

“I felt a strange kind of nothing. Almost no joy, pride, fear, or anything. Everything about it felt matter-of-fact, as if going onstage was just a procedure. It was only in the coming days that I began to process the surprise...”

Noah Grigoroff’s unconventional reaction after realising that he had attained an L1R5 score of below 10 points for his GCE O-Level examinations perfectly characterises his one-of-a-kind personality.

He was never one to follow the norm, choosing to pursue his creative passions by taking up the Art Elective Programme and joining Fairfield English Drama, all while writing original poetry and short stories.

However, this atypical approach had its pay-offs.

Noah’s dedication enabled him to be appointed as Vice-President of Fairfield English Drama from 2018 to 2019. He also cultivated strong analytical and critical thinking skills, and improved his leadership and communication ability, while enjoying a range of novel experiences. These included acting in and directing a play, leading vocal and physical warm-ups and improving the discipline of his fellow Fairfield English Drama members. During his stint, Noah helped Fairfield English Drama to achieve the Certificate of Accomplishment at the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation for English Drama in 2017 and 2019.

Despite his all-round success, Noah remains humble. He attributes his good grades almost entirely to the help and guidance of his teachers.

“My Teachers! That’s it. They are amazing people who do everything they can to help in almost any way they can. I am immensely grateful for their help!”

It also helped that he always did his best to adopt a positive mindset towards any activities or work he had to take on.

“The most important thing is not to think of them as commitments, but to find joy in what may seem like a daunting task. Little joys can be found anywhere - and if found, make your time and energy worth spending.”

When asked if he had any advice for the 2020 batch of graduating students, Noah replies in his trademark comic manner.

“Relax. Enjoy your time. Delete your social media accounts. Throw your phone into the ocean. Look at what’s around you.”

For those of us taking the path less travelled in our CCA or studies, let’s take Noah’s story as an inspiration. Follow your passion, work hard, and be positive. Have faith that you will get your reward in due time!