Alumni Spotlight – Darren Suryawijaya

By: Darren Suryawijaya Class of 2014

School was a place where I spent some of the best moments of my life. There I made life-long friends and began my journey of self-development. School was not all about academics – this was something I started realising further after I graduated.

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All of the curricular-based and extra-curricular activities we partook in was a way to develop our cognitive, leadership and practical skills. Teachers are there to guide students and I was lucky to have some of the most helpful and caring few. They are like lamp posts on your way home at night: they illuminate and guide you, but it is ultimately up to you to lead yourself to your destination.

As we grow and mature, we start realising that independence is just as important as interdependence. As social beings most of us find ourselves destined to function in a society where we are part of a meshwork of dependence. The sometimes bothersome group-works and the occasionally irrelevant-seeming projects we were assigned to were just part of a much greater goal – developing oneself as a functioning individual.

I have quite a few fond memories of my old school days. The friends and enemies of your childhood often turn out to be your lifelong friends; at least that is the case for me. The joys and tears we shared, the immature arguments we used to have and our child-like judgements in the past turned out to be cherished memories which we bring up whenever we gather during our university vacations. We continue to keep in touch and I dearly value our long-lasting friendship as a class.

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The biggest challenge up to this point in my life had to be the moment when I moved to Melbourne to begin my tertiary studies. I was enrolled into the Bachelor of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne and it was a whole new beginning, in a foreign land, all by myself. I had to be more independent and cope with the occasional homesick distresses, but I was truly enjoying this unfamiliar experience. University is challenging and I am constantly thankful that I completed my A-Levels. Two years of Junior College was a swift shift from secondary to tertiary education and I was prepared in advance for a number of university requirements including academic writing skills and scientific laboratory procedures.

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Just as it was in school, academics are not the only important aspect of university life. I believe that balance is key for one to be productive. I spend time with my university friends, doing what I am passionate about and getting involved in activities which may make the community a slightly better place.

I enjoy exploring Melbourne and its museums, musicals and multicultural festivals. Melbourne is the city for wonderful brunches and I love trying out the different gastronomic indulgences the city has to offer. Occasionally I volunteer in retirement homes and farms which grow crops for homeless people – these activities are far from boring, they are actually very rewarding and you get to meet people from different walks of life!

Life in school and in university has not always been a smooth road but it has been great so far. We often do not realise that we may reminisce upon certain menial-like events in future, sparking our sentimental emotions towards our colourful past. As Winston Churchill said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”


Editor’s Note:

We thank Darren for taking time to write such wonderful article bilingually – in English & Chinese – despite his hectic schedule. The Stamfordian family is very proud of your achievements and we wish you all the best for your studies.


我的学习生活

作者: 王俊揚  (2014年毕业生)

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在这个学校的时光是我度过的最美好时光的一部分。我在那里交了许多终身好友,并开始了我的自我发展之旅。学校生活不应该只是重视学习,这一点是我高中毕业后才开始慢慢地意识到。所有的课内及课外活动都是为了发展我们的认知、领导以及实践技能。

教师的存在是为了引导学生,我很幸运,因为我在这儿遇到了一些最愿意帮助和最关心我们的老师。他们如同黑夜里你回家途中的路灯:他们照亮你,引导你,但最终你还是必须依靠自己一步一步地到达目的地。我们成长以后,开始懂得独立与相互依存都很重要。我们每一个人存在于这个社会中,我们大多数人都发现我们只是这个社会中一个很小的部分,因此,人与人之间相互依存的概念就变得尤其重要了。以前老师让我们做一些烦扰的小组活动已经及分配给一些我们与学业无关的项目,这些活动都是为了达到更高目标的其中一小部分:就是为了发展自己。

我在这个学校有不少美好的回忆。儿时的朋友及“敌人”往往能成为你一生的好友,至少对我而言是这样的。我们共享的欢乐及悲伤,儿时的小争执与幼稚的判断现在变成了我们珍贵的回忆,也是我们同学聚会时的必谈话题。我们继续保持联系,而且非常珍视我们这一班持久的友谊。

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到目前为止,我生活中最大的挑战可能是到墨尔本留学的那一刻。我在墨尔本大学报读的是生物医学学位。这是一个在异乡,全部依靠我自己的全新开始。我必须更加独立,并要面对偶尔的思乡之苦,但我真地很享受这些陌生的体验。

大学是具有挑战性的,我时常觉得非常感激在高中完成了A水准考试。高中两年的学习是从初等教育到高等教育的很好过度阶段,让我能对大学的要求提早做了一些准备。这包括学术写作技巧以及科学实验程序。

与中学俨然,学习也不是大学生活唯一的重要方面。我认为平衡是高成效的关键。我与大学朋友们一起做我们热爱的及可能会使社会稍微改善的活动。我喜欢参观墨尔本的博物馆,喜欢看音乐剧并喜欢参加当地多元文化的节日活动。墨尔本以早午餐闻名,我喜欢品尝当地各式各样的美食。有时我也会到养老院及为无家可归的人种植蔬菜的农场做义工。这些活动挺有意思,是非常有意义的,而且会让你认识一些不同背景的人!

以前的学校生活与大学生活并不总是一帆风顺的,但是丰富而精彩。我们经常没有意识到现在某些被视为琐碎的事情在将来会变成多姿多彩的回忆。正如温斯顿·丘吉尔所说:“成功不是终点,失败不是末日:继续前进的勇气才是最重要的。”


 

3 comments

  1. Immensely proud of you Darren! You write so well bilingually! After living in Singapore for so long, I still cannot write a Chinese essay as well as you. I think the Chinese Teachers did a wonderful job 😀

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  2. Yang Yang you are a glowing example of what a Stamfordian is and we all feel very proud to have had the chance to learn with you.

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