Saturday, April 22, 2006
you see la
The other day, they announced that co-curicular activities would count for university applications and JPA scholarships. And being one who advocates an all-rounder education, I was chuffed to hear it. But then, I learned that it would only count for a measely 10% of the whole points system. It is still pathetically measely yet some people applauded such an action. Labels: current issues
Then sometimes, you read the papers and come across something that makes you really happy. Stuffs like this:
Kylie opts for Harvard
KUALA LUMPUR: Kylie Anne Francis was thrilled to receive a letter of acceptance from Harvard University.
What is more, she does not even have to pay a single sen to study at the Ivy League university in the United States.
She will receive financial assistance of up to US$44,000 (RM160,973) a year, inclusive of housing and tuition fees.
"It is indeed a pleasant surprise and I'm looking forward to my freshman year, starting this September," said the 19-year-old A-Level student of Taylor's College.
Kylie from Bangsar, was among eight applicants from Malaysia selected for interviews for two places at Harvard.
She also received an offer from Britain's Cambridge University for her undergraduate studies, but chose to pursue economics in Harvard.
"Harvard is well known for business studies," said Kylie, who scored 8As in her Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).
The announcement for the autumn intake was made at a press conference at the Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (Macee).
Dr Goh Cheng Teik, who interviewed applicants here on behalf of Harvard University, said applications were not based solely on academic achievements.
"The Harvard admission committee also considers many other criteria such as community service, leadership and extracurricular activities as well as work experience," he said.
He added that applicants would qualify for financial assistance if the combined incomes of their parents did not exceed US$60,000 (RM219,510) a year.
You see kids, this (pretty) girl scored "ONLY" 8 A's for SPM. I reckon 8A's wouldn't qualify you for a JPA scholarship these days. And heck, if a 14A's student doesn't get that JPA scholarship, multitudes of muppets would be screaming foul at racism, and maybe even some hanky panky hocus pocus abracadabra putu mayam.
And the irony is, the supposedly smart ones lose all hope when they don't get the JPA scholarships, those kids start to scream foul play you would think the big bad wolf came along and stole their ice creams. The other day, they were making noise in the papers about the kid in the wheelchair who didn't get the scholarship even though he had 12A's.
Aah, he's disabled, some people scream. Give him the scholarship already!
But you know, I don't think the problem was with his disability. I don't think any disabled person would want to get a scholarship just because they were disabled - that's charity and I know a fair well good amount of them who have more pride than to accept such 'charities'. That said, he shouldn't have gotten the scholarship (which he eventually did) for the simple fact that he applied to do a course which he didn't study in school - a course which was totally irrelevant with regards to those 12A's that he got.
But back to Harvard chick...
I don't worship many people (since I am quite an atasan) but you know, I do worship people like that. It makes me happy for them that they know that a pathetic (by today's standards) 8 A's for SPM will not stop them and they understand that there are much more important things that results, and far more to a person's childhood than just book mugging.
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i was also greatly encouraged by the news that one of my juniors, who didn't get straight A1s in spm, applied for a scholarship to iskl for the ib course and was one of the two successful applicants.
kids these days (omg like i'm so old liddat) just don't have the determination and the initiative to do their homework about all the available options out there. they expect to receive information and scholarships on a silver platter. a pretty sorry state of affairs, really.
anyway, thank God for people like kylie and my junior. it's their stories that should be pasted on the front page of the papers as an example and inspiration to school-goers all over malaysia.
lishun : It's the damn education system which teaches them that information needs to be spoonfed. Like the idiots who visited my blog looking for JPA scholarships.