LAST Thursday, Form Three Assessment (PT3) candidates collected their results from their respective schools.
Their achievement showed how much effort they had put in.
Some may feel excited to venture into a new phase of learning next year but many may have a hard time choosing their course while considering their childhood dreams and parents’ expectations.
Problems may arise when students lack maturity and have low self-confidence as they may easily be influenced by their clique members who would rather sacrifice individual interests and come up with a shared decision for the sake of staying together.
This situation shows dependent personalities of students as well as their inability and unwillingness to leave their comfort zone and start believing in themselves.
Their misinterpretation of catchphrases like “true friendship” and “sharing is caring” are denying them the chance to do fulfil their potential.
They need to realise that true friends are those who accept and celebrate their differences and uniqueness, even when they may not share the same hopes and dreams. In fact, registering for a different class may help them expand their circle of friends and gain new experiences.
Children need help from trusted individuals to make up their minds. At home, parents need to be wise when helping their children make choices in life.
It was all in the days of yore when parents thought that medicine, engineering, law and architecture were the only disciplines that children should choose from to become successful people. Today, there are many job opportunities available for individuals with different skills. As long as they are willing to take risks, gear up for challenges ahead and believe that failure may be the first step to success, nothing is impossible. The continuous support from the family will keep children passionate to pursue their ambitions.
At school, counselors play a pivotal role in guiding students to make right decisions.
A special session with previous PT3 students may be conducted to give them related information while reminding them that Form Four is not a “honeymoon” year.
Instilling this awareness is important to prevent bad habits and shirking their responsibility as a student.
It may also be a good idea to invite accomplished or inspirational school alumni to share experiences, insights and life lessons.
This heart-to-heart session may help students open up their minds and reflect.
Students need not wait until they get their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia’s results to start thinking about their field of studies and career paths.
Indeed, early preparation will make students smart planners.
When they stay focused and committed in achieving their goals, they will stay on the right track.
MUHAMAD SOLAHUDIN RAMLI