Robbie Chia Yuan Ee (1820)
Secondary School: Temasek Secondary School
Rank Points: 89
The time that I had spent in NYJC was truly enjoyable, filled with bittersweet memories; consisting of both tiring seasons as well as fun. I came in feeling excited with lots of anticipation of new experiences and did not really know what I signed up for with regard to studies. It was not long before I found myself facing difficulties in trying to adjust to the style of learning. Truthfully, just as our seniors had told us, the content here was certainly not easy to grasp. Thankfully, I had the support of my teachers and friends to help me with my struggles. My teachers were very passionate in going through content with us patiently, availing themselves for consultations and readily answering any queries we had. My friends were there for me every step of the way as well, through study groups and having fun together during breaks.
My experience in Tchoukball has really helped shape me as a person and I definitely enjoyed my time playing the sport. Starting out, it was hard to juggle between my commitments and many struggles inevitably arose - time management, fatigue, worry for our studies. However, seeing Tchoukball as a way to enjoy a break from studies in giving my time to learning and having fun at the sport really brightened up my JC journey as I tried to maximise my time wisely, balancing between studies and CCA. Looking back, it also helped me hone my leadership skills as I learnt to set goals with the team and work towards them together. Despite all the exhaustion that came with trainings, I thoroughly enjoyed training with my teammates and the bonds I have forged here were really special.
The people whom I had gone through JC with and the memories of the things that we had done together have certainly made the JC journey so much more meaningful. Casual conversations, having breaks playing basketball and phone games, joking around with friends and teachers, the list goes on and on. Each and every experience was very fulfilling and has helped my friends and I tide over this journey. If you ever have worries and problems with your studies, take heart and relax, confide in teachers and friends. I assure you that as long as you permit it, you will not go through this alone.
JC is never a sprint, but a marathon - take time to find your own pace before setting forth towards the finish line with consistency. Your time in NY will be over in the blink of an eye, so all the best and do remember to have fun too!