March 24, 2011

Defying The Odds

Throughout my secondary school years I've never been a top-class contender one of the geniuses aka Nerdsters of the school, my exam grades were always a mix of As Bs and Cs. So realistically I didnt aim for the big 10As in SPM, let alone straight A+'s. When I scored a (rather) paltry 3As, 5Bs, and 2Cs for trials I really had no idea how I would do for the big one. Some of my seniors said my trial results would be a rough estimate of what the real SPM results would be like. 
That really sent me into a state of.... disbelief. I believed that I could understand enough of my subjects to score at best 8As and 2B/Cs (damn Sejarah and moral), so if my performance is only half of what I thought I was capable of, its hard to say that it's not dejecting. I knew that I could do better than 3As and 2Cs.

So for two months I pushed myself everyday and every night jamming subjects into my head and spitting them out on past year exercises. But apparently to no avail, the grades stayed just about the same. By then I had pretty much given up on setting any targets, just do the exam one day at a time and just accept whatever results I get, regardless of how many As, Bs or Cs.

Then came results day, strangely I was a bit restless and nervous, despite not having a target score and therefore not supposed to be worrying about if I reached that target. Slowly as we waited news broke out that one of the second class students scored 9A 1B (he checked using the SMS service). That got me thinking if I had a chance of landing the magical 10, but nothing's for certain, and I didnt take anything for granted.

When the time came to announce the results, the school very literally did just that, our ex-accounts teacher would read out the names of the students who scored straight 10As, then presenting them on stage to take the results slip from the principal. 26 of our students scored straight As, 2 of them with straight A+. 
Could I be one of the 26?

After announcing about 10 names, then.....

"Deric Chan Wai Lun"

I was shocked. Young was beside shaking me and whooping and woohooing. I seriously couldnt believe it. From 3As 5Bs and 2Cs to 10As. I walked up on stage, shook the principal's hand, and quipped:

"I wasnt expecting this result..."

"Why? You weren't expecting it to be this good or this bad?"

"This good... I wasn't expecting straight A's."  *brief gushing*

"It's all your hard work. Congratulations~" *smiles*

I looked at my result slip, 4A+, 5A, 1A-. Holy crap, an A for Sejarah and Moral after non-stop Bs and Cs.
But the A- for BM was a tad bit unexpected. Still an A though, I wont complain much.

I called mum and told her my results, she was overjoyed. I called dad and told him, he was just as shocked as I was. He thought I was bullshitting him. xD My brother was calm, but happy nonetheless.
 I remember some people saying the Sasbadi Nexus revision books I used to study were complete rubbish. Well, those piles of rubbish got me A's. That's some really good rubbish I bought.

Here we are in the Sin Chew Daily:

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