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The Pressure to Be Extraordinary

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By Deborah Lee (17A01D)

Every year, approximately half of the Year 6 cohort score distinctions for all 4 H2 A Level subjects, and a quarter achieve a perfect University Admission Score. It would be a lie to say that most students do not feel a pressure to be part of these annual statistics, to be contributors towards the exemplary results that are often associated with the Raffles name.

However, this pressure does not merely permeate the academic sphere alone, but extends much further into the future domain of career choices. This can particularly be seen through Career and Scholarship Days in Raffles usually boasting participating establishments that are mostly government organisations, ministries, and other prominent institutions.

While this is far from unexpected, given the number of notable alumni in distinguished public service positions, it does give rise to the question of whether the career paths suggested for Raffles students are…

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