Youth forum: Making those tough choices in life

Youth forum: Making those tough choices in life
Former students from St Nicholas Girls’ School rejoicing on hearing how they fared when the O-level results were announced on 10 January 2013.

SINGAPORE - The O-level exams have ended and many secondary school leavers are carefully considering their options.

Most of them would take the "safest" route to success - entering the science stream in junior college and participating in "high-profile" co-curricular activities (CCAs) like the Student Council or Interact Club.

Of course, there are those who make these choices out of passion.

But there are also those who merely want to improve their resumes or future prospects.

They take this path due to pressure from external sources, such as parental expectations or following the herd, without considering their interests.

For example, many of my friends are interested in the humanities but take science subjects instead - and find their school life unfulfilling.

If a student chooses his subjects and CCAs based on interest rather than pragmatism, he will become more engaged in learning, increasing his chances of excelling in these fields.

As an arts student, I am aware that I will be unable to pursue "prestigious" careers in medicine and engineering.

But there are still many lucrative opportunities out there, especially in the steadily developing service and finance sectors, that will require the skill sets that arts students possess.

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