While her peers buried their heads in books, she either watched Korean dramas at home or played truant.
Before she started Secondary 3, Balestier Hill Secondary School student Ow Poh Poh would go to school for a few days, then do a disappearing act for a good two weeks.
"School felt boring. And I was lazy," said the Normal (Technical) student, 16.
But she was all smiles on Thursday after receiving her N-level results.
With two As, a B and three Cs, she is well qualified for the course of her choice, Business Services at the Institute of Technical Education.
During her lower secondary school years, teachers "would knock on my door at 10 in the morning if I was absent".
"I never opened the door. I knew if I did, I would have to go to school," Poh Poh said.
Her parents' repeated reminders fell on deaf ears. To her, they were nags.
But it was something one of her teachers said that woke her up.
"She told me if I didn't study, I would have no future," she said.
That, together with encouragement from her peers, spurred her on. Poh Poh started going to school every day in Sec 3. Playing catch-up was tough, but the classes kept her interested.