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Write about the memorable things that have happened to you recently
 
The last few weeks had been a whirlwind of activity and emotional ups-and-downs. Both my academic results and sporting achievements have been a source of tremendous joy and pride to me. Of course, the road to such accomplishments has not been without their stumbling blocks.

The first thing that had happened was my school team's participation in the National Schools' Hockey Championship. I was part of the team which trained very hard in anticipation of our final clash with traditional rival SMK Victoria. We knew from the start that it would be a difficult match. Our rivals boasted at least six state representatives in the game and we were understandably daunted. Yet, we trained consistently for long stretches every day, hoping that the standard we reach would be sufficient to defeat Victorians. On the much-anticipated day, we stepped onto the pitch with great trepidation. Initially, our performance suffered from nervousness and anxiety. Luckily for us, we managed to shake them off and play at the standard we were capable of. The match eventually ended in a 3-0 win for us. We were jubilant! I had gone down on my knees in tears, overpowered by the victory to do anything else. My team-mates were jumping onto each other on the pitch, yelling hysterically. The moment of hoisting the trophy above us on the winners' rostrum was a fine moment of pride and exhilaration. It was a moment I would never forget.

The next few days saw me going through the motions of school in a dreamlike state. I could not help but feel a wonderful sense of well-being. The delirium was further buoyed up when my teacher-in-charge of hockey came to me and informed me that I had been selected to train with the national team. I was thrilled to bits! Imagine being told that you are good enough to play for the country! I was in seventh heaven, my active imagination already creating scenarios of me weaving my way past defenders of traditional powerhouses in hockey to score the all-too-crucial winning goal. However, when training actually started a week later, my illusions were laid to permanent rest. Training with the national team meant a first-hand acquaintance with the superior skills and fitness level of experienced players. I was daunted, but not defeated. I resolved to put in more effort to polish up my skills so as to don the national colors one day. Instead of being demoralized, I was motivated. It felt very good to know that I would have a hand in carving out my own destiny in hockey.

However, as a result of my enthusiasm in proving myself in hockey, I ended up neglecting my studies. Instead of being one of the top three scorers in the school mid-year examinations as usual, I barely clinched the second-last spot. When I saw my name so far down on the list, my mind convulsed with horror. How could this be? I had expected a slide in the results, but certainly not a plunge! My face was warmed with embarrassment and my hands shook as I read my report book.

After school, I ran all the way home and threw myself onto my bed. It took four whole hours for me to cry all that anguish and humiliation out of my system. After that catharsis, I got up and resolved to rectify matters. I sat at my desk and proceeded to work out a timetable for revising my school work. The next week before the re-examination was grueling. But I could stand tall at the end of it because I had not only managed to regain my previous academic standard but also improved on my ranking. I was now second in class!

In the space of a mere few weeks, I have found myself in the heights of glory and euphoria as well as in the depths of despair and fatigue. Looking back, I feel that it had all been worth it. I have proved to myself that I am able to muster all my courage and determination to overcome obstacles. This is a confidence that I know will stand me in good stead in my future endeavors.

     
delirium   ecstasy
     
convulsed   quivered
     
catharsis   release
 
 

 

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