Loads of people read my post SMU:Victim of its own success. When I wrote it I didn’t realise that so many people would read it upon searching for something related to SMU, but read it they did. I got a lot of really great comments on that post, go read them to see the various opinions of people who are still in SMU, who were in my batch, and some who didn’t go to SMU but similarly felt sad about how the school has fallen back on its claim of being different.
Almost 1 year has passed since then, and I’m wondering if what I wrote still rings true? Or if the situation has changed? I haven’t been in school for a while now, but it does still seem that the intense competition faced by students (between themselves) is still there, or has even intensified. I know of current students who actually feel depressed about the state of things, and I feel really sad about it.
Well, the actual reason for this post is that I don’t want people to read what I wrote almost a year before and hold it as truth if it simply isn’t true anymore. Any current students out there who could weigh in with their opinion? Or, am I harping too much on this and should I just simply accept the fact that SMU has become what it has become? Is it inevitable given that it is a Singaporean school after all, hence kiasu-ism is bound to rear its ugly head in our classrooms?
(I’d also just like to clarify that despite what I wrote about the school, my times in school were great, because of the awesome friends that I made, some really good Professors, and frujch. My main contention was and always has been the unnecessary competitiveness that simply sucked the soul of the school, with people studying in the library from Week 1 — I know, what?!)