This is a story that will prove to you why you should never judge a book by its cover.
Muhamad Amirul Afiq Mod Omar has always been on the wanted list of the teachers in his school, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Jalan 3 for his notorious acts which are basically of coming late to school as he feels that school should start at 8.30 a.m., loves to fool around in class and neglects his school work.
Early in the year of 2013, Amirul committed himself to a mission whereby he wanted to make his parents proud with his results in the major examination that is coming up later in the year. At the same time, “I wanted to continue my three other sisters’ streak of straight A’s in the Penilaian Menengah Rendah examination”, he said. Amirul admits that he was not really into learning during his form 1 and form 2 days. “I was fooling around most of the times in form 1 and form 2. I rarely do my homework.” Therefore, to accomplish his mission, he had a lot of revision to do. “Trying to cram syllabuses from form 1, form 2 and form 3 in less than a year was quite tough and required a lot of hard work.” Amirul did a lot of staying back at school to study and understand what he did not bother to during the previous years. As one with experience of last-minute studying, he does not advise others to do the same.
Although it was a rocky road for him, Amirul stated that, “I never gave up hope in scoring the straight A’s. Whenever others questioned me about my target for the exam, I would always reply that my target is all A’s. Every time they ask me about what would happen if I could not achieve it, I would still insist that I have my focus set on it”. The determined lad wanted to prove others’ underestimations towards him wrong. “I wanted to win against the smart kids in my class too.”
He studied when he can. Studying technique that Amirul is most comfortable with is studying in a group where they would have a Q&A based discussion. “It’s a fun way to me. At the same time, it is also beneficial because everybody wants to be right; everybody claims to be the smart one and when you are wrong about something, for a moment, you will...