昨天我们采访了蹦蹦妈，她介绍说，新加坡小升初有“直接收生计划”（direct school admission），通俗来讲就是对特长生大开绿灯。学生提供一般能力测试（general ability test）的分数一份个人陈述（personal statement），即可申请。女儿蹦蹦的数学成绩优异，所以关键就看这份个人陈述了。
这和海外大学申请原则类似，一份真实的、有故事的、能体现综合能力的个人陈述是“软实力”的证明。率性的12岁的蹦蹦不让父母帮她做主，径自在个人个人陈述中讲了自己从小学围棋的故事。未料到这使她获得了新加坡两所顶尖女校——南洋女中和raffles girl secondary school的面试资格，她最后选择了后者。
i first started playing weiqi when i was 5 years old. since then, i have spent at least an hour each day doing weiqi ‘sums’ to improve my skills. to further develop my abilities in the game, i also participated in a lot of weiqi tournaments. i believe that ‘you reap what you sow’, and all my time and efforts have delivered results. i have received many awards, most of them in champion and runner-up positions, and even represented singapore in many international competitions, with the most significant one being first world mind sport gamein beijing, 2008.
the most memorable weiqi game i had was during a selection game. i was losing badly and was on the verge of giving up. after thinking intensely for about 10 minutes, i suddenly noticed a flaw in my opponent’s formation of seeds. i captured some of his seeds and actually won that game. i was greatly encouraged from then on in facing challenges and difficulties. nothing is for certain until the end, so even if we are losing, we should keep fighting until the end. similarly, if we are winning a game, we should not become complacent as this could lead to our ‘downfall’.
weiqi is a unique form of chess with two colours of seeds – black and white. it also has more tactical possibilities than any other types of chess games. in theory,there are more than
2361 possible moves.this helps me to develop my mental strength and ability as i have to try to think ahead to plan the best possible moves. due to the training i have received in weiqi, i automatically plan ahead before doing anything, which in turn allows me to evaluate the situation and make the best possible decision.
weiqi has also taught me how to cope with pressure and how to deal with loss. as a child who plays weiqi regularly, i have gone through failures and faced more difficult situations than most other children. instead of feeling dejected, i have been motivated to work harder. we should always try our best, but in the event of a loss, we must accept it by not letting it affect our emotions and move on. whenever i do not perform well for anything, i will reflect upon myself and seek ways to improve myself and take it as a reminder to work harder. now, any failure will not emotionally destroy me.
i also learnt other values from weiqi. unlike other forms of chess, every weiqi seed is equal but its value will change over the course of the game. everyone has an equal chance to succeed, but whether they do depend on their efforts and attitude. from this, i learnt that if i work hard enough, anything is possible – ‘the sky is the only limit’.
weiqi has been with me for many years and has shaped me into who i am today. without it,i would not be as resilient or as hardworking today.