This short essay was written around 3 months ago, in May. It existed in my phone and I should have posted it earlier, but better late than never.
Well, 3 months after I received my SPM results, I’m currently doing STPM in Malacca High School.
I had to face many questions, and I think they all boil down to these two, and so I am going to answer them here.
Why are you doing STPM instead of other pre-university courses?
I did not apply for matriculation and UPU. For matriculation, it is because that matriculation only allows you to enter certain local universities, so to me it would be like signing an agreement to do your degree in Malaysia, which is not I want. In fact I would not recommend anyone to go for matriculation unless you are aiming for a medical course. As for UPU, well it is just not what I want. How about A-Levels? As a matter of fact, I did seriously consider taking A-Levels before. However, after I received my SPM results, I did some thinking and decided that maybe I am not meant to go for A-Levels after all. I got 8A+ 2A, which means I missed the full scholarship for Sunway, but I am still eligible for full tuition fee at MCKL and TARC. The main deciding factor is because that I have decided that I am not going to the UK for my degree anymore. It is just too expensive and I prefer not to take scholarships because I do not want to be bonded. My first choice is now NUS. Which leads me to taking STPM, as according to my seniors and friends, NUS prefers STPM students over A-Levels.
Why are you at Malacca High School instead of Yok Bin?
First of all, it is not that I do not like Yok Bin. I think that it is time for me to change to an English/Malay environment. I also get the chance to meet new people as the form 6 community in high school is larger. In some ways, we have more freedom over what we can do at high school compared to Yok Bin.
So how is High School so far?
They have 6 science classes, 3 for physics and 3 for biology. They are Alpha, Delta, Epsilon, and Beta, Gamma, Zeta, respectively. I am in Alpha.
Somehow my class wants to elect me as monitor and I agree to be the “temporary” monitor. However after a few weeks it now seems that it is increasingly likely that I will be the permanent monitor after all.
Teachers are great. My physics teacher is the trainer of the national IPhO team, so that speaks for itself. My Chemistry and Maths T teacher are quite experienced too. And according to my cousin who just graduated from High School, my General Studies teacher is the best in Malacca. Maybe our class is lucky after all. Oh, and our MUET teacher, who is also our class teacher, is really affable. (However since we always go to Delta for MUET, our class teacher never enters our class.)
More stories on the way 🙂