Saturday, May 12, 2007

The Things You Do When You're Young

Once upon a time, in a JC in Bedok South, our little close-knitted class had to let go a few members because they didn't fare too well in the 'O' Levels. One of them was our cheery Class Clown/Joker, Raj.

Being the innocent and naive us, we thought we could stop his departure just by our passion. Our love and passion for something we believed in. So, we wrote a petition letter. I kept it because I was really upset at that time, and I just wanted to keep everything about Raj close to me.

After time passed, we stopped being sad. We remembered Raj fondly but instead of crying, we laughed over the silly little things we had done together. I used to look at the letter and let sadness overcome me, but now, I look at the letter and fight to keep laughter within me. It's all very funny, how we all used to be impulsive, and fought fiercely for our beliefs.

Here's the letter, drafted by Class Clown2 - Xuguang. Speaking of whom, I really miss miss miss him.

Dear mam,

We are writing this letter to you regarding the unsuccessful appeal of one of our classmates, Rajesh Kumar. A student with good linguistic and leadership skills, Raj has not only proved to be a source of inspiration for the class and a responsible GP rep, but most importantly, a worthy student of TJ.

Raj attains a good balance between work and interest, firmness and friendship. In his studies, Raj demonstrates concern and conscientiousness. He is aware of his own learning and looks for ways to improve himself with every given opportunity. Being classmates for the past three months, we certainly know the importance of his presence. His spontaneousity has made the class a very lively one and his enthusiasm has helped bonded us as a class.

As you know, CG 25/04 is one of the few classes that is very participative towards the college functions such as the Chinese New Year carnival( by setting up stall), 2nd Orientation( as an OGL) and Raj has been integral to the class committee. He’s always there to give his classmates support when they are down and his witty humour liven up the class in times of boredom. In secondary school, Raj was also the Vice President of the student council. This shows that he’s a good team player as well as a fantastic planner. Raj’s innate goodness and sense of service are his admirable qualities.

Yours sincerely,

CG 25/04


You can see our desperation/innocence/stupidity from this letter:
1. Rajesh Kumar - His name is NOT Rajesh Kumar. I forgot how Xuguang thought his full name was Rajesh. It's funny because we'd been friends for 3 months then, and XG didn't even know his actual name.

2. Raj has... proved to be... a responsible GP rep - Everyone knows that's not a valid reason to convince the principal to let him stay. You got to be like, National Champ or something.

3. As you know, CG 25/04 is one of the few classes that is very participative towards the college functions such as the Chinese New Year carnival( by setting up stall), 2nd Orientation( as an OGL) - If you must know, EVERY class participated during Chinese New Year Carnival and 2nd Orientation. Just not all of the students, but definitely at least one from each class.

Anyway, I brought this up because.. I miss my ex-classmates. Bah.

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