Asked on 27 Oct 2020
I think it's weird for me to be here because most of you are so much older than me but I'm hoping to get help. My friends and teachers all encourage me to go JC. They say that's the easiest and most straightforward way to get into local uni. But I know A levels are not for everyone. See seniors who went JC but suffered in the end when they can't cope and have to repeat a year. In that case, isn't better to go poly, get a good GPA and go local uni? I mean it's not easy also so which is better?...
I personally went for the JC route and honestly, I kinda regret that decision. No doubt it will be easier to enter uni even with an average A level score but I have to admit, it was a very difficult time for me - stress of studying, not interested in the subjects offered, failing exams, feeling tired and want to sleep all the time... I think I will prefer Poly if I can choose again...
Nevertheless, I would think the pros and cons are as follows:
JC - if you are academic driven, like to study and memorising large amount of content is for you, go ahead with this, you save an additional one year. However, if you are stressed easily about studying and exams, maybe you need to weigh your option and see if this is worth it, mental wellbeing is important afterall
Poly - firstly, there is a wide array of courses offered, if you are able to choose something that you really like, why not. Second, not to say that Poly work is lesser but spreading the curriculum out in 3 years feels more manageable than 2 years. Thirdly, I think that the mindset of JC being better/for smarter kids is an outdated one, poly is a good option and it doesn't matter where you go as long as you work hard. The con here would be the additional 1 year that you have to spend studying, and I heard that only the cream od the crop can enter uni - this means that you will have to work very hard to be part of this group. Also, I think the more expensive tuition fee in poly will have to be considered too.
Just sharing my two cents worth of thoughts!
10 Nov 2020
This is thought provoking. Got me to rethink what I want. Thanks so much Wendy
Short answer is JC, but of course the more reputable JC. If you are aiming for bottom 3 JC in Singap...
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