I know I’ve bitched about RV countless times to my peers from different schools, disgruntled at the difference in our JC orientations and how our school culture simply pales in comparison to others, but more often than not I guess most of us are just taking the comfort we’re living in for granted. 生在福中不知福.
I remember how I’ll easily be overwhelmed with feelings of alienation from this school- how I’d be so tempted to just do a transfer to some other JC to enjoy a new school environment and culture. But I guess I’ve always been taking the past 4 years for granted.
RV has actually molded me in many ways, some of which I don’t even realise. It’s not so much of the school per se, but the crazy friends slowly caving into our school culture. Where else in the world will I wake up in a classroom finding out that my bra is unhooked (thanks 4G/GONG), before starting the crazy mad chase around the classroom to take revenge. Where else could I find classmates that behave like men without being embarrassed. Where else do I meet friends who continually make school fun- despite the rigidity of our curriculum. Where else do I meet teachers that can insult me so openly “Wah Hui Ping not bad ah, sleep still can answer.”
Maybe everywhere else, but these are wonderful memories that I can’t imagine forging with anyone else. It’s all these amazing people that made me so happy throughout my school life and NO I will not trade all these for anything else. Right now all we have left is 1.5 years and I’m pretty sure I’m going to feel so empty after RV is gone from my life.
I can’t wait for the day we collect our A Level results after all this shit about studying in JC is over, because everyone will be dressed up really prettily that day and it’ll be like a visit to the campus we once racked our brains in day after day. But I really dread that day too- because I know it’ll be the last time we ever gather together again, and the RV community will be dispersed throughout the world after then.
To me, RV is like 6 years of secondary school- a 2-year extension of secondary school. Many people choose to see the downside of this, such as the inability to meet new friends and experience something new. However, secondary school is where most people make their best friends and counterparts (according to my siblings!). Because of this amazing small cohort of ~400 throughout JC (a large cohort in secondary school I guess), most of us are really closely-knitted. There are people I don’t know in our level, but I see them on the train and wave anyway 🙂
I hardly say this (actually, never), but today, thanks RV for the amazing past 4.5 years. I’ll never regret my appeal! I may bitch about you all the time, but you will always hold a special place in my heart 🙂