2 years definitely flew past, and now I've graduated from TJ. Time really flies, doesn't it. 2 years in TJ sounded like forever to me, because JC life is so mundane and dull. But guess what, we all survived and in around 20 more days, I'll be taking the A's. Wow.
My time in TJ was rather eventful, with many happenings squeezed within these short 2 years. It wasn't all a bed of roses, because there was a period of time when I really dreaded school - and I've never felt like that before previously. But then after one of the holidays (either March/June 2012), I kind of underwent a mindset change and told myself to make the best out of my remaining days, and that I am as happy as I allow myself to be. &That miraculously worked, and I felt happier throughout the entire term :D
I am very thankful to be part of so many things in TJ - things that I wouldn't have imagined myself to be in. Thankful to meet so many wonderful, nice and caring people who I can foresee myself still hanging out with in years to come. Thankful to experience many once-in-a-lifetime events in this school.
Going down memory lane....
OG2 during Orientation 2011
The perfect start to my JC life, I really enjoyed the entire Orientation with my funny and friendly OGLs and fellow OG mates! I remember how we all still hung out even when official classes already started, playing the MRT game and going out for meals.
I must say that my class has quite a mix of personalities, but I'm glad that despite cliques formed, we still interacted well with one another and not stuck mainly to the cliques. We would joke around with people from the other cliques and make an effort to strike up conversations with them, something that I really appreciated since it lessened the awkwardness between all of us. Since there's only 8 girls (excluding the scholars), the 8 of us stuck together throughout the 2 years, occasionally going for ice cream treats after school.
To be honest, Guitar was quite a boring PDP as all we did was to stay in a classroom for 3 hours and pluck at our nylon strings. I used to dread Guitar because I felt that it was rather difficult and I got really frustrated since I have no musical talent at all, but I'm glad that I persevered on and stayed throughout my entire 2 years. The friends I've made here are a really fun bunch to hang out with, especially when we have sleepovers and go out for dinners and sing karaoke together! We all dreaded guitar sometimes, but the thought of being able to see each other and play around would bring us back haha!
Beta Cheerleading 2011
I can never emphasize enough how thankful I am to be in the Beta Cheerleading squad! If there were enough guys during the tryouts, or even enough guys who wanted to join after the tryouts, I would never have been able to get into cheerleading. Being the only female base among all houses this year, I felt kinda special. But I also knew that there's no other position for me, so I am really thankful to simply be a part of this fun-loving, caring family. I miss the days where we practiced on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in school; and the entire March holidays spent at the T. Stadium, a place that will always make me reminisce whenever I pass by. I miss the days when we would meet up even earlier just to have breakfast together at the hawker centre opposite school. I miss the days where we would share our sunblock and wrist-tapes with one another. I miss the days when we would constantly cheer on one anotherand psycho ourselves by shouting "we can do this!", which actually worked. &Of course, the very special day during Sports Meet 2011, when we won and I cried so much tears of joy. It was a surprise to us, and other people didn't expect us to win either. Success is always the sweetest when it is least expected.
19th Beta HC
Another family that I have in TJ, whom I really treasure and cherish a lot. Successfully went through nominations and campaigning, and the 11 of us worked hard together for events and helped each other out even if we weren't in charge of it. I am aware that others always complain that Beta seems more segragated from the other houses, but I am just glad that the 11 of us are all so close. Simple things like celebrating each others' birthdays with full attendance shows how much we mean to one another, and the love, care and concern that we have is always overflowing. Together, we won all of the events and brought glory to Beta, and no one else can understand the joy except for ourselves. I'm also thankful that we have Mr Calvin Tan as our house tutor, because he's really generous and helpful.
OG2 during Orientation 2012
The OG2 OGLs are all really different, but I'm glad that we all worked together and cooperated well when taking care of the OGMs and being responsible for their safety etc.! I will remember how we would split up and take care of different group of OGMs, how we all lost our voices but still tried our best to shout when trying to control the kids, how we all had fun together! OGMs were also the best that I can ever have, because they're really the sweetest bunch of kids who will give you surprises and make you happy. It was great to see all of them interacting and talking with everyone in the OG, and not merely sticking with the few people in the cliques that they formed within the few days. They were also very responsible kids and made the jobs of us OGLs much simpler, like how they coordinated the performance for O-nite themselves etc. Although they're only 1 year younger than me, we OGLs still called them and treated them like kids :) I don't think the kids minded, haha!
These were the different groups of people and events that I was a part of, in my short 2 years in TJ. I'm glad that I met them because they really brightened up my life and I was always looking forward to seeing them etc. I guess some of the events were also quite life-changing, because there were things that I wouldnt have seen myself doing, such as cheerleading.
I don't regret coming to TJ, because I might not have adjusted as well as in other schools, and I wouldn't have met all these awesome people.
It's true: the days are long but the years are short. &It's really about making the best out of all the opportunities tha you've got, and you're as happy as you allow yourself to be.