SHAH ALAM: A full scholarship offer to pursue medicine, based on her SPM trial results, had already put Hue Pei Wern on cloud nine.
But what gave the 18-year-old real ecstasy were her SPM results of straight 10A+, which she described as “simply perfect and delightful”.
“I obtained 7A+, 2A and 1A- for my trial in August last year. I continued to study hard but I did not expect to score perfectly for the real examination.
“I am really happy now,” said a bubbly Hue from Sekolah Menengah Sains Hulu Selangor when met after receiving her results slip here yesterday.
When she received a call on Wednesday from the state Education Department requesting her attendance at a ceremony for outstanding students, Hue said she was overjoyed.
She has accepted the Yayasan Khazanah scholarship offer and will be studying at the International Medical University beginning April.
The aspiring doctor said that she was interested in becoming either a neurologist or cardiologist as these were challenging fields with very few specialists in Malaysia.
SMK Convent Klang student Sarah Tan Xian Li, who scored 11A+, said that it was important to set a high goal and strive to achieve it.
“I made sure I set my standards high for the results I wanted,” said Sarah, adding that she did not cut down on her leisure activities throughout her preparations for the examination.
In Cyberjaya, Alyaa Adibah Idris, who is among the five from Sekolah Seri Puteri who scored 9A+, said she started preparing herself for the SPM when she was in Form Four.
“I never went for tuition,” said the ecstatic 18-year-old.
“Instead, I studied on my own and had assistance from my teachers.”
Alyaa’s advice to fellow students is to approach their teachers if they don’t understand anything.
Her schoolmate Wan Nur Farhana Wan Fadly, who scored 9As, was grateful for her results.
“My friends and I did a lot of group studies, and we would study with our teachers at night,” she said, adding that her teachers were very supportive.
Wan Nur Farhana, who aspires to be a surgeon, said instead of only striving to score high marks for themselves, students should also support each other.
“We should not leave anyone behind so that all can achieve success together,” added Wan Nur Farhana.
This article is first published in TheStarOnline.