The A level results is going to be released, and the same thing happens every year. Every year during this period of time, scholarship boards come together to advertise their scholarships in The Straits Times in an add-on paper called Scholars’ Choice.
It’s a day of demoralization when I realize that for one, I can’t get those scholarships because I’m a lowly stay in Singapore peasant, and two, I’m too old, already in University.
However, I can’t help but wonder, how many of us are absolutely sure of our interests and future aspirations? At the tender age of 18 going on 19, how many of us can really take the plunge and decide which university, which course, or even, which scholarship?
I guess one failure of our education system is that we did not manage to nurture a sense of interest and direction in most of our students, a thought I shared when I was contemplating which course to enter in NUS. We can’t blame the government, because such interests are hard to nurture and you have to expose students to a wide range of activities from arts to sciences and allow them to have free space to excel, without making them stressed out with trying to achieve high standards – something that’s in our CCAs today. That is why we don’t really have much direction.
Another thought I had now is, what scholarships are there for people like me, who are in university? Partial scholarships, I mean, where the scholarship board only pays for the remaining years you have in university. It is good to have partial scholarships, especially when the people there are more mature (after NS? About 4 years after their A level results?) and have a greater sense of direction. This is especially so after they have decided on their majors and their specializations within their majors. By then, they should have chosen a field they have more interest in, a field that they are comfortable with. We undergraduates would be in a much better position to know how we can serve the parent company.
Alas, not many scholarships offer partial scholarships. The two I know of is IDA, and ExxonMobile (I think. If I remember correctly from today’s newspaper).
Anyway, a scholarship isn’t very important in a local university context. I guess I will just go into my field of interest and hope that SIA will hire me. Lol.