Originally Posted by adele123
what's your definition of financially challenged? not being able to fund studies overseas? that's not... REALLY no.
it's a gamble or being naive? haha...
Single parent families, family income below 5k and/or has a mentally or cronically ill close relative Few of my friends met the first two criterias and heard of a person who did A-level who was in the 3rd criteria. And yeah, I do have friends who have or are completing their A-level with no means either of furthering their study locally without incurring some financial burden. Yes, they do realize how much more financially relieving it would have been to go for STPM but as I always tell people, STPM is not everyone's cup of tea and I have STPM friends to reassure me of this. Also, please do not simply assume we people who take A-level only have overseas in our mind. I strongly believe the A-level syllabus with the different studying environment provided by colleges offer a much better preparation towards university life, whether overseas or local. Not to mention these supposedly more expensive programmes can be time-saving compared to STPM. Well, these comparisons and their relevance to today's context of preparation should be left to another debate.
How is that being naive, come on
doesn't mean I am financially challenge removes a 'right' from me to pursue any pre-university I want (A-level in this instance) or have the idea that doing A-level will bring to me a prestigious overseas university. A person can dream right? My friends within the financially challenged circle have taught me that nothing should stop you from working towards your dream ; be it pessimistic criticism, financial circumstances, physical health or any other difficulty. A prime example is one of the seniors whom I look up to. He did A-levels like me as well. He was from a single parent family and struggled to pay off his college admin fees despite being on a college tuition fee scholarship. He believed in himself and was confident A-level would be a better route to where he wants to go, to the UK to study Chemical Engineering. He told me how grateful he was for choosing A-level at our college for various reasons ; one citing that it was our lecturers and their hard dedication that blessed him with stellar academics and helped him secure his UK applications. He's now happily studying his dream course at Oxford University and on Malaysia Airports Scholarship. I admit that being cynical and realistic in a way serves as a good cushion when we face the dire reality of failing to achieve our dream but as the saying goes ; where there's a will there is a way.
With that, I really hope people who actually took the time to read what I wrote don't have the misguided assumption that A-level or other expensive pre-university for that matter, is just for rich kids.