Lim Hui Yuan (BSc, Year 1)

Lim Hui Yuan (BSc, Year 1)

Lim Hui Yuan (BSc, Year 1)

They said, “It’s okay, pace yourself out in your Year 1, you’ll slowly find your way out”.

They said, “Don’t worry about grades and enjoy your freshman year”.

I hear these words countless times, but just could not digest it. During exam and assignment deadline periods, I would crumble over the pile of unfinished work and readings. As the stress level increases, so does my self-doubt. The confidence I had instilled throughout my high school instantly disappear upon hearing about my results.

At this point in time, I couldn’t help but feel dejected. Yet, my senior reminded me to recall what was my purpose to study Science. Was it because I want to get good grades? Or was it to achieve a higher goal? The latter was my answer. Knowing that grade does not holistically define myself, I learnt to slowly walk out of the grade ‘oppression’. I am glad that I was able to find many supportive peers and loving floormates, to accompany me and guide me through my first semester of university. Brazen, I am ready to undertake the challenges in the future.