Malaysian Louis Teo, whose family lives in Johor Bahru, faced the prospect of a two-hour commute to school each day.
He explained that he chose to sacrifice the comforts of his home and stay at Boys’ Town as a boarder for four years so that commuting was no longer a problem.
As the main language of instruction in his primary school was not English, he had to struggle to cope with English in his early secondary years in Singapore.
His academic efforts paid off and he managed to score an aggregate of nine for the O Levels.
Indonesian Patricia Siswandjo also faced a language challenge initially. She said that she had to study Mandarin which she was unfamiliar with. Nevertheless, she managed an aggregate score of 11.
Frank Yau had a difficult time in his early secondary years. He shared that he was on the verge of having to leave the school, but pulled up his socks in Secondary Three and worked his way up to Sec Four.
Not even a leg infection, which saw him being absent from classes for three months, dampened his spirits and he went on to score an aggregate of 11 points.
By Don Gurugay