Growing up, my parents had always been very supportive of my ambitions and encouraged me to pursue my dreams.
When I told them I wanted to study abroad in Australia, they were more than happy to help me. They had saved enough money for me to be able to study in Australia for four years.
Drank and partied everyday instead of studying
At first, I was really excited about the prospect of studying in Australia and the fact that my parents were so supportive made it even better. But, as it turned out, I was in for a rude awakening.
From the moment I arrived in Australia, I was exposed to a completely different lifestyle. I quickly became caught up in the party scene and started drinking heavily.
Instead of focusing on my studies, I found myself partying and drinking every night. I even began skipping classes and started to fall behind in my studies.
I kept this lifestyle up for nearly a year, telling myself that I could always catch up later. However, before I knew it, I had fallen so far behind that I was in danger of failing all my courses.
I had completely wasted the money my parents had given me and I was ashamed.
Returned back to Singapore with nothing
Desperate to make up for my mistakes, I decided to drop out of school and see if I could find a job in Australia. Unfortunately, I was unable to find any work and I had to leave Australia.
I had to return home to my parents, who were obviously disappointed in me.
I had let my parents down and I had wasted the money they had given me. To make matters worse, I was now unemployed with no education and no prospects for the future.
I had taken a risk that had failed and now I had to face the consequences.
Despite all my mistakes, my parents still accepted me back into the family. I was grateful for their understanding and I promised myself that I would never make the same mistake again.
I am now working hard to make up for the mistakes I have made and to build a better future for myself.