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Write an account of the time that a decision made by you changed the life of another
 
I knew that I had done the right thing, but it gave me no pleasure. I could tell myself a thousand times that I had warned him of the consequences and he had refused to listen, but to no avail. The terrible guilt that I felt did not tell me that I was right. I could not look him in the eye, not after telling the teacher that my best friend had cheated in the examination.

Awangku had been my best friend since we were in kindergarten. We shared the most wonderful memories of playing in the mud and learning our alphabet. If I erased him from my memories, there would be a huge void that cannot be filled. Yet, I had single-handedly destroyed his future.

Awangku had always been an outstanding student and athlete. In fact, he was in the running this year for a scholarship awarded only to the best all-round student. It was an honor that would ensure the awardee's entry into an elite college as well as an all-expenses-paid education. Although Awangku's family was relatively well-to-do, he still coveted the scholarship because it was a prestigious way to cover his secondary school education.

But all his dreams were destroyed in one fell stroke when his father was killed in a tragic hit-and run accident. His entire future was thrown into jeopardy as his father had been the sole breadwinner. His anguished mother fell gravely ill as she could not cope with the loss. With no income forthcoming as they had few relatives willing to help, Awangku had to find a job after school to keep the family going. He was the oldest child and in between school and work, he also found himself the guardian of his two younger siblings. As a result of this debilitating schedule, Awangku had no time for his studies. Gradually, he found it difficult to even find time to revise his work.

In the end, Awangku realized that winning the scholarship was more than just a matter of prestige; it became an issue of survival. If he won it, he would be given RM1,200 a month to cover his expenses. This would go a long way towards helping the family survive. He resolved to work hard. But it was a case of the mind being willing but the flesh not. Fatigue overwhelmed him every night after his tiring job at the fast food outlet. In the end, he managed to keep his family afloat but was unable to study well enough to ensure winning the scholarship.

He confided in me just before the examination that he planned to cheat. It was a difficult decision for him, as by nature, he was a very honest person who believed strongly in integrity. But this time, he felt that he was left with no choice. I knew that he was right; if he had the time and energy to study for the examination, he would certainly have excelled. Unfortunately, all the odds were stacked against him. But I could not condone his intention to cheat. I told him that I would report him if he did that, but to no avail. He was set on his decision.

In the end, I carried out my threat. I saw him copying from notes that he had written on the sleeve of his jacket and reported him immediately. He was caught red-handed. The last time I saw my best friend, he had looked at me with unshed tears glistening in his eyes. I could not say anything. When he walked away, out of the life he had always known, my heart splintered into a thousand pieces. I knew that the look of pure sorrow that he gave me then would haunt me for the rest of my life.

     
debilitating   devastating
     
afloat   out of difficulty
     
splintered   broken
 
 

 

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