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Pre-A1,B1

January 12, 2012 4 comments

Alright, first exam in a long time, really. How are you feeling about it?
Not sure, to be honest. Yeah it’s been at least six months. (We’ve) forgotten a little bit how it feels like, really. But we’ve done all we can. It’s been alright so far, so we’ll give it our best shot tomorrow and see how it goes.

How surprising do you think the paper will be?
Well I guess we’ll see tomorrow, won’t we? Haha… but yes, I haven’t seen the paper, obviously. So I don’t know what’s coming, but like I’ve said, we’ve made the necessary preparations to take on what’s coming, and of course, with the choices of questions, hopefully we can choose the best four to get the maximum score.

And what are you expecting in terms of the score?
Well I don’t really know what we’re expecting, but certainly we’re aiming for a 100%. Nothing less than that will be at all acceptable in my opinion. We have a long tradition of winning and aiming for the best and tomorrow will be no different.

Who do you see as your threats going to these two papers?
I think everyone will be strong. We’ve had a long break, we’ve all done a lot to prepare for this day and tomorrow we’re all going to do our best. Who do I see as threats? Well, everyone is a competition, but we don’t really want to think too much about it. We’re content to be concerned just with what we’re doing and what we want to achieve.

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Categories: Interviews, Math

The Answer Is…

January 10, 2012 2 comments

I know I’ve said this before, but really, don’t you wish you had all the answers sometimes?

Life is full of decisions. In fact, it is those decisions that define us, that make us who we are. Each decision that we make distinguishes us from the next person. Sure, there are many factors that influence our decisions.

Our parents, for example, play a big role in our decision-making. They’re pretty much the person we first come in contact with in this world, even before we’re born. Consciously or subconsciously, as we live with them, we pick up some of their habits, some of their characters and most of their advice. For the first few years our parents are a shelter to us, physically, mentally, emotionally as well as spiritually. They do their very best to protect us from harm whilst trying to give us what they feel is best. When it was raining outside, they’d tell us to come in. When we were late to school, our parents would drive us there, and seeing the discipline teacher standing outside holding that dreaded rod in his hand, our parents would get down from the car with us, have a chat with the teacher, and all of a sudden they’re good friends and all is forgiven. When we felt like we couldn’t ride our bike, or swim, or reach that switch for the lights in our house, they would encourage us, support us, and even let us win, just to boost our confidence!

“Jump. The more you jump, the taller you’ll get.”
“Well, I guess you won! You beat me. Congratulations!”

Sometimes our parents, in their love for us, do not give us what we want, and sometimes we are beaten for misbehaving. ¬†At times like this, we get angry at our parents. Sometimes we don’t understand why. But we often hear that cliches our parents always tell us. From the “Someday, you’ll thank me”s to the “This is for your own good”s, over the years, we learn to look back and appreciate what our parents have done for us.

However, there comes a time where all this stops. There comes a time when our parents will not be there to protect us anymore. There comes a time when our parents will not make decisions for us anymore. It is those times where your mum and dad will look us in the eye and say, “You need to learn to make your own decisions now.”

What do we do then? How do we know what we need to choose? If you ask me, most of it is nothing but trial and error. We think on it, we try it, and if it works out, then it’s all good. But if it doesn’t, we learn from our mistakes, tell people about it so that they learn, and go from there. Of course, we would wish that we knew the answer to everything, but then that will make life boring, without challenges. The excitement of delving into the unknown is what most of us thrive on. If we’re afraid to commit, we’ll never start living. Often times, we’re afraid to make decisions because we’re afraid it’ll be the wrong one. But the fact of the matter is, most of the time you can never know unless you try.

I remember reading a Garfield comic once. There, he said, “Life offers us many challenges….”, “That’s why I’m going to hide behind this couch… “, “Don’t tell life.”

Comical to say the least, but jokes aside, we can’t do that. Of course at certain points in life we make difficult decisions, and learn to live with them. My bridge partner used to tell us, “No guts, no glory.”

So. 2012. A new year with new decisions to make. Let’s make it a better year.

Falcon, OUT~

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