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Tuesday, April 14, 2009


The Final Breakdown:

Yong Siew Toh, National University of Singapore - accepted
Manhattan School of Music - rejected
Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester - accepted
New England Conservatory - rejected
College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati - accepted
Oberlin Conservatory, Oberlin College - waitlisted
School of Music, Western Illinois University - accepted

Not too bad, considering the fact that a few years ago, this might well have been impossible to even imagine.

Then again, impossible is nothing. Right?

Geez. Advertisements nowadays.


It has been a full month since I received the unbelievable news that I had been accepted into Eastman. When I applied to the schools in the US, I never had a first choice, but Eastman was definitely ranked among the top on my list.

One month on, and it looks as if the wonderful opportunity to study there is gradually fading away.

No, I do not want to be negative or pessimistic, and no, I do not want to give up hope, but in life, one must be REALISTIC. One must make the right choices when the going gets tough, when things don't fall into place, and just hope for a brighter tomorrow.

During this period of thought, I have been evaluating the pros and cons of studying at Eastman, or Yong Siew Toh, for that matter.

At the end of the day, I may well have to make a choice - to do the right thing.


dinesh said...

congrats jebat :D

why cant you go to the US?

Jebat said...

thanks din.

well, it's simple. not enough financial aid.

tikiyong said...

Eh.. Financial aid my foot la... Just do some part time job there. Do street basking. Sell nasi lemak in the morning, Chinese food in the evening... Sure can wan...

GRACE said...

Heey you're doing what you wanna do! : DDDDDDD I remember in form 5 you were saying there's no way you'd ever pursue music YAY I'M HAPPY FOR YOU!

Jebat said...

tiki - you think so easy meh? have to learn how to make nasi lemak and all. you teach me how la haha.

grace - thanks! hope you're gonna pursue what you wanna do as well.

Eswhy said...

sell super spicy nasi lemak at ...and then open like ice kacang stall right next to the super spicy nasi lemak. its good business planning!

v excited for u, YST and Eastman are excellent music schools! whichever u pick u'll have the best time of your life for sure and learn so much it won't really matter anyway cos most lessons are learnt outside of the classroom! (which is fab.) good luck!

shafts said...

well, so are you leaving anytime soon?

Jebat said...

shafts - yes, in july. by the way who are you?

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