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NUS STUDENT SAYS SICK OF EXAMS, AFTER 4 YEARS REALIZED UNHAPPY HE IS

Will NUS move to being less exam-oriented and more focused on learning?

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Almost four years done with the degree, I realized how unhappy I have been throughout this period of time. I go in module that I have an interest in, built up a passion for it and enjoy learning the content. Over time, just the sheer information shoved in your face, cramming for exams, competing with peers for even the slightest edge, kills that passion almost entirely. Every new semester, it’s just the same cycle but the difficulty rises.

What hits me the most is I actually enjoyed learning the modules. I had friends advising me to take the ‘easy to score’ modules. I had friends advising me to take the modules with them and score high on peer review. I still chose the modules I had an interest in and it was oftentimes alone.

I know this was my decision but after so long, I wonder if I should have made a different decision. I am grateful for the friends I made, the mentors I gained and the unique experiences I have had in NUS these four years but why do I still feel so conflicted inside?

Here are what netizens think:

  • What else do you expect ? Sg education system is exam oriented, regardless of which level you are in. Lectures, tutorials, assignments are all teaching u the stuff u have to know in order to ace the exam.
  • I remember going for the modules that I really wanted to try, even when I have to go without my friends. My CAP was affected but I have no regrets.. Really!
  • Most employers will assess you on what kind of degree you attained. So NUS or most universities will have exams.
  • You will have to wait for a better world where they assess you based on your character and not your grades, but we don’t live in such a world, yet.
  • Even the most serious civil service basically goes the “easy” way of using grades to parachute scholars all over the place. That won’t work in the private sector, but who cares? Be at peace with your path.
  • So, Most of us wont decide on a career until we are in our early 30s. U sounded like u like the stuff u studied, so much so that u r willing to deviate from your friends’ choices. I think that is a good thing. But if it brings issues socially like u describe, then it is then your decision on how to make things better. Thinking abt that 4 yrs is not going to help, just like some thinking abt their ex-bf/gf.
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