Know Thyself


Esther Huang


Fan Ray Aun

By Gerald Goh

A meaningful education in Junior College is all about reading between the lines – for both the Arts and Sciences – and opening doors.

This even applies to a natural science like Physics, which aims to provide mankind with a working knowledge of the universe around us.

20-year-old Fan Ray Aun, a recent graduate of National Junior College (NJC) who also completed H3 papers in Modern Physics and Science Research, laughed when confronted with the notion of Physics as a subject that emphasised little more than scientific theory.

He told BrightSparks: “Physics requires the careful observation of natural phenomena, which can then be recorded down for further analysis.

“We then use our best judgment in utilising equations to explain these phenomena, which is a lot less straightforward than it sounds.

“My education at NJC also really made me realise that I should look beyond my own experiences in life, and gain as much exposure as I can to be able to fulfill my own potential.”

His NJC compatriot, 18-year-old Esther Huang, agreed, adding: “There are so many different hidden meanings in not just Literature, but also in our everyday lives.

“Naturally, knowing how to grasp these unspoken facets will help us better meet various challenges in life.”

After all, both young NJC graduates will need all their wits about them as they face an increasingly uncertain future, especially in the job market.

And according to Ray Aun, one such excellent option is local scholarship portal BrightSparks.

Ray Aun, who’s applied for scholarships with statutory board International Enterprise Singapore and international oil giant Shell, continued: “It really helps open many doors for students like me, whether it’s an opportunity to work as a trainee medical professional or to do social work.

“Even if you discover only one calling out of, say, ten, BrightSparks will still have helped you on the path to excellence that you might not have taken otherwise.”

For fellow NJC graduate Wu Bang Guo, who’s currently serving his National Service, simply being thrust into the rigours of army life is enough to prompt a reevaluation of his worldview.

Bang Guo, who’s applied for a scholarship with the business faculty of the National University of Singapore, said: “Civilian life is so comfortable compared to life in (Pulau) Tekong!

“Nevertheless, at the end of the day, we do learn how to protect our country and ensure that Singapore remains safe.

“No matter what others may say, I feel that your personal experiences will end up defining you and make you a unique person.”

Esther agreed, adding: “When we’re still (relatively) young, we want to try out different things because few of us know 100 per cent what we want to do with our lives.

“We need to be able to discover our calling in life, and find an area where we can best give back to society – preferably in something we’re really passionate about.

“After all, you only live once!”

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