I happened to come by an article on The Straits Times today (27 April 2009, Monday) and I felt that I should write something too.
How much does the brand name of a school factor into youth identity? YouthInkers respond.
I see myself no different from any student graduated from St. Joseph’s Instutution. Neither am I different from someone who studied at Raffles Instutution. Marsiling Secondary School, at the time I entered, was only a year old. (I’m proud to be the second batch!)
We’ll discuss the teachers first. I must agree that teachers are really important when it comes to developing a child, but again, it’s how the child process what’s taught. Anyway, I didn’t really agree that many things I was taught until now. I admit I’m slow in processing, that took me a few years. I’m glad I got it, eventually.
But I must mention that we’ve got a fantastic headmaster (aka Principal). Mrs Choy had totally no airs and was easy to get close with and to talk to. It’s sad that her career had to come to an end just when I graduated. If not, it would be awesome if she could spread the motherly love to more batches. All good things come to an end, don’t they?
I was given a chance to develop myself in the world of technology. School got me started in programming (Pascal was the in-thing, hurhur.) and that was when I found my hobby and love for technology. They developed me and sent me for competitions and through that, I learnt that I’m not the best. (Indirectly, I benefitted lots.)
Cherish the chances given to you. I was given many for my evil-doing. I’m not going to talk about them.
I’m not successful at all, now. But someday, I will make my mark.
Felix Ker (class of 2004), 20 going 21, is a first-year Business student at SIM Global Education (University of London & London School of Economics).
So, how did your school ‘brand’ you?