Who are you?
I am a recent graduate from the NUS Faculty of Law.
I am thankful to have had a fairly stable and consistent scholastic career throughout secondary school, JC and law school. While I always did well for the major examinations, it was also a struggle for me; the pressure to excel academically in the face of intense competition was overwhelming at times.
In secondary school, I developed a strong passion for narrative and descriptive writing, and disciplines such as literature and history. However, their subjective nature, coupled with the fact that there was no "right" or "wrong" answer, meant that these subjects were less grade-predictable. In other words, there was no guarantee that I was going to score an A in those subjects.
As with most local students at the time, I decided to pursue the triple science course in JC to give me the broadest range of options available to me at University level - medicine, dentistry, law, business and engineering. If I had taken pure humanities in JC, the doors to a medical career would have been slammed shut. Moreover, my parents had always wanted a doctor in the family. To be fair, I neither had the requisite maturity nor wisdom to make a considered career choice at that point in time, so I simply accommodated my parents' wishes and applied to medicine as my first choice. Law was my second.
On hindsight, it was a genuine blessing in disguise that I got rejected for medical school and accepted into law school instead. While law school marked a radical change from anything I had ever studied before, it made me realize the importance of good writing and communication skills. A legal education has immeasurably improved my core skills, such as logical thinking, reasoning ability, problem solving and clarity and cogency of expression in both verbal and written communication. I am reaping the rewards of my education now, and I hope that, with my help and support, you'd be able to do the same no matter what you undertake in the future. At your age, the world is truly your oyster. Don't forget that.
Why are you providing these services?
I was once like you, the eager aspirant determined to make the “correct” career choice upon graduation from Junior College, and to pursue the best university education I could get. I am thankful to have great parents who gave sound (though not necessarily accurate) advice on seeking a professional degree.
On hindsight, however, I realize that while I may have been fortunate enough to stumble upon a legal career despite not having a keen interest in it at the age of 19, there may be students out there who are either too idealistic or realistic in assessing their career objectives. These could be borne out of a number of factors such as: (1) personal aspirations; (2) parental expectations; (3) academic ability and (4) financial means, just to name a few.
This is where I come in to advice you on, and help you pursue, the most optimal course of university education (and prospective career) based on your unique circumstances and background. I will be able to advice you on a wide variety of university courses and what to expect both prior to and after graduation. This ensures that your aspirations and expectations are aligned with the reality of employment once you graduate into the workforce. For those who are less risk-averse, pursuing the path of entrepreneurship and starting your own business at the expense of income security is actually the path which offers the greatest rewards, if successful.
Ultimately, it is imperative that you optimize your career options at this crucial point in your life, which is where I come in to help you achieve your goal. Don't settle for less or short-change yourself; reach for the stars so that you'll land on the clouds if you fall. At least you'll know for a fact that you've tried your best. You may have fallen short in the sprint of scholastic achievement, but should you carry this attitude with you for the rest of your journey, I can assure you that you will outshine your peers in the marathon of life.
For secondary school or JC students out there, I can assure you that it is never too late to develop a robust set of foundational writing skills from a young age. This is critical not just for scholastic purposes, but for long-term personal development and increased employability, since the ability to read and write proficiently is a key requirement in just about every profession today. This is reflected in every task you perform, such as drafting emails and reports, communicating with clients and bosses, and conducting persuasive presentations.