Choice in Our Life, Road Not Taken---
Study in a Residential School or a Non-residential School instead
Adolescence, undoubtedly is the most crucial and critical stage throughout the life of a human. I believe that most, if not all the students and parents will be stand beside me and see eye to eye with me regarding to this context. We say so not just because of the physically and mentally development of the teenagers, but also the gradual changes of the attitude as well as mind set of our youngster. It will be the most important time decode a teenagers personal characteristics and nevertheless the suitable time to cultivate some crucial moral value among the teenagers. As such, your choice for yourself or your offspring to either study in a residential school or a normal non-residential school will fundamentally be the prime factor that shaping the teenagers future and this issue cannot be handled by using a take-it-easy attitude. That’s how and why such decision bring headache to all parents and students as well.
So now, what will be best choice for students in our country? A residential school or a non-residential school instead? My answer will definitely be the residential schools if you ask me this question. Why do I say so? My opinion is supported by many strong and unchallengeable reasons. In order to be clear, let me explain it one by one. First and foremost, a student that study in residential school normally will have a better discipline and their daily life. The daily schedule has been fixed by the school authority that it is a must for them to follow. They are given time to study, revise, doing homework, carrying out co-curriculum activities, as well as exercise and involve in sports. By doing all these, they need not to worry about the lacking of time to study and nevertheless encourage a good time management attitude among the students. They will never wasting their time in some negative activities such as hanging around at the shopping complex, involved in illegal racing, abuse of drugs, gambling, free-sex and so forth that happened frequently among the students in non-residential school. Undeniably, the students must be given freedom to do what they want, but I think it is not suitable to give freedom without any proper regulation and scrutinize them from time to time, as they are still green and not even mature enough to determine whether what’s right to do….
Next, the students will have a better achievement in academic and co-curriculum activities, since the competition of the students among each other will be the main forward thrust to drive them for improvement and betterment, no matter what they take part in. Ya, I understand that some of you will say that this will only bring stress to the students. I know.. But the drawback of stress among the students due to the competition can never be neglected as well! The truth is always cruel, but we have to face up with reality. Please be clear that it’s actually the best remedy to bring improvement and awareness of the students regarding to their weakness and of course they will try to get rid of it or they will be left behind in this cruel society, in line with the trend of globalization and competitive career arena. Students will appreciate what they acquire, after undergoing hardship and obstacle. They will keep on remind themselves that there are always mountain to climb day by day and I believe they will surely be capable to face all kind of difficulties in the future.
By the way, the students who study in residential school are also enjoying advantages as they become more and more independent in whatever they do, especially in handling their daily life. All students that live in the hostel are asked to responsible to their personal hygiene as well as the cleanliness of the surrounding environment. They are needed to carry out their obligation as part and parcel of school to clean the school washroom, cutting grasses, planting trees, and cleaning rubbish, besides take care of their self-cleanliness. All these are something that the students will never have an opportunity to do. By experienced all these, ones without a doubt can have a clearer image about their obligation to maintain the balance of the natural environment and therefore, make the eco-friendly lifestyle no longer a herculean task among our younger generation.
Moreover, students who study in residential school and live in hostel are allowed to spend more time with their fellow schoolmate, no matter studying, eating, playing basketball, revising and so forth. This, undoubtedly forge a closer bond among the students of the same age, curbing problems whereby teenagers are said to reluctantly socialize with others through real conversation, but prefer using online technology like facebook, msn online messenger, frienster, and twitter instead. We did not deny about the benefit of the advanced technologies nowadays, but we too feel that a real and close relationship in the society need to be conserve by communicating face-to-face. Students in residential school can learn more from each other, helping each other when facing problems in study, spending leisure hour together. It’s especially true and crucial when students in residential schools are made up of different races, religion, culture, language…from all walks of life! Doesn’t it can forge a good understanding among youngster in our motherland and enhance mutual respect by leaps and bounce? It’s totally in line with the new concept of 1Malaysia that brought by our beloved new Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, which drive home about the importance of acceptance but not only tolerance among the member of society.
In light of all these, study in residential school is obviously a better choice which bring numerous benefits to the students in our country. They can engrossed in study without any unnecessary disturbances, leading a more disciplined life and nevertheless have a whale of time throughout their secondary school and high school life. It will definitely be a good choice for students. Why I know? I’m too a student what! Haha.. What about you?