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Friday 30-Sep-2016
【頭條日報:寄宿學校攻略】二三線中學激發求勝心
​我九歲便被家人送去英國留學,中學唸的Greshams名氣一般。當時自己的成績也不太標青,入到這樣的中學,身邊的同學都咁高咁大,聽上去好像註定前途黯淡,偏偏反而因為如此,我過了我人生最精采的日子,也為我日後考到心儀的名牌大學鋪了路。

        
中學時期,校內競爭不怎麼激烈,我毋須使出洪荒之力,已能名列前茅。因不是精英學校,像我這樣的一介草民在校園也得到很多機會,甚麼都有得嘗試:一個香港仔來到英語國家的學校竟然可以入朗誦隊、辯論隊,甚至話劇隊。運動場上我玩田徑、打板球、欖球、曲棍球,都入到校隊。

        
多姿多采的校園生活給我帶來一張亮眼的履歷,更重要是,我的中學生涯過得很開心很充實,很有自信也很有成就感,我初次淺嚐了做「風頭躉」的滋味,意猶未盡,造就了我後來學習上好勝的心理,要考好A-Level爭入出色大學的雄心壯志。

        
事過境遷,當然會想到What if?如果當日家人硬把我送入一線名校,我的路會變成怎樣?不難想像,在精英雲集的著名學府,小弟我既非家勢顯赫,成績又非超凡出眾,大多數機會便不屬於你。功課追得吃力,課外活動又處處碰壁,十幾歲人仔自我形象都未成熟,卻先慣了處處矮人一截充滿挫敗,將來考大學未輸人都已先輸陣。

        
Eton、Harrow這些鼎鼎大名,聽到都令人心折,之不過,名校如雷貫耳的榮耀未必人人有福消受。我常常提醒家長,大學直接影響就業職途,一定非最好學校不揀,但中學讀書講個人成績,學校A-Level排名其實幫不到幾多,最終關鍵是學生自己,所以選間二、三線中學,子女可以擁有充實又開心的中學生涯,更能讓他們嚐嚐成功的滋味——信我,成功的滋味如酒,非常容易上癮。一旦試過,從而引發的上進心和推動力,非同小可。


        

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