Eagerness to learn an admirable trait

As a student, I sometimes find it difficult to comprehend why anyone would willingly decide to go back to school when they have a choice not to ("More seniors going back to school"; Monday).

Students in Singapore always lament that going to school is tough and stressful. However, we often fail to see the beauty of learning and the personal satisfaction one derives from amassing knowledge and applying it to daily life.

A few weeks ago, I found out that my aunt, a senior citizen, had signed up for a one-week computer course to learn the basic skills of using the unfamiliar technological device.

At first, I was rather amused and could not fathom why she needed to take time off to attend such a course, since I find it easy to adapt to new changes in the tech realm.

However, upon deeper reflection, I have come to develop a strong admiration for her eagerness to learn and truly applaud her for it.

Once again, Albert Einstein has been proven right. He said that "wisdom is not a product of schooling, but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it".

Ashley Tan Yu Yi, 16,

Secondary 4 student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 18, 2016, with the headline 'Eagerness to learn an admirable trait'. Print Edition | Subscribe