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Cheng Wei’s Successful Journey to the Top

by Kayla Ng (Sec 2D), Athena Liu (Sec 4E) and Jessie Ng (Sec 4B)

“On the day that I had to collect my examination results, I had butterflies in my stomach. Everyone around me was nervous and the nerves got to me too.”

However, these feelings disappeared in a blink of an eye when he found out that he was one of the outstanding all-round students who had scored an EMB3 of below 10 points for the GCE N(A)-Level examinations.

Cai Cheng Wei from Secondary 4G1 2020 was relieved to know that all his hard work paid off on 17 December 2020.

“Even though I worked very hard and felt well-prepared during my examinations, I was still worried about my results. However, when I saw my name appear on the screen, I felt relieved.” 

Besides being the Deputy Head Councillor, Cheng Wei was also a logistic member of National Cadet Corps (Land) from 2019 to 2020. These responsibilities meant that he had to persevere and find ways to juggle between his roles and his studies as the national examinations were approaching. 

“When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. There were instances when I needed to study, but I still had matters to settle for my CCA and Student Council.” In such situations, Cheng Wei would prioritise the work that he had committed to fulfil as a student leader. For him, he knew that he could always set aside more time to study on another day. All these leadership opportunities enabled him to hone his remarkable ability to cope with multiple tasks simultaneously.

“I definitely owe my success to my school teachers, tuition teachers, and classmates who were very encouraging throughout the years. I was extremely blessed to have such wonderful people by my side.”

Cheng Wei was grateful to the people around him for they supported and encouraged him. It was in this nurturing environment that he was able to excel and have a strengthened sense of his personhood. 

He has some words to encourage his juniors. 

“In the midst of trying to handle class assignments, exam preparations, CCAs and student leader responsibilities, always set aside time for yourself to relax and take a breather so as to maintain a healthy mindset.”

Indeed, his words speak to those who may be struggling with the multitude of work and responsibilities in a secondary school. Although school can be demanding at times, his words remind us about the importance of self-care. When you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed, remember to take breaks and frame your thoughts positively, so as to achieve excellence!