We’re back with The Noteway’s Student of the Week!
Name: Cheong Shu Yan (21)
School: NUS School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
My Story: To kick start my university life, I thought that vibrancy was everything. So I enrolled myself in hall and signed up as a member of two NUS Centre for the Arts Dance Groups and participated actively in all. I thought I could commit to them fully. At this point of time, I was still figuring out what I could do and what I wanted to do. However, as school work started to pile up, I started to struggle with spreading my time evenly to all activities. Being quite a family oriented person, I realised that I was neglecting them as well. The struggle however, made me find out what I was suitable for and what I was not. I was not suitable for hall - I was not ready to commit to too many activities. It was not too late to make a change. I prioritised and chose what I wanted to dowisely. I chose to stay active in NUS Dance Ensemble and even take up a leadership position. I found ways to stay connected with my family as well. Now that I know what I want, I find myself much happier and clear-headed with my end goals in mind.
Advice for youths out there: It is alright to make mistakes at the beginning. It is part of learning. It is alright to not know what you want from the start. It is part of understanding yourself. As long as you learn to understand your abilities, know how much you can push yourself and learn to prioritise your time along the way, you are good to go!