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Does Academic Excellence Guarantees a Successful Life?

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Does Academic Excellence Guarantees a Successful Life?

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Introduction 1: Nowadays academic excellence among the young is given much importance. While it is perfectly acceptable to strive to achieve good academic results, the notion that only academic excellence guarantees a successful life is not true. Students are pressured into taking more subjects than they can handle and this causes immense pressure among our young. The question is – can this endeavour absolutely confirm a dynamic future. Introduction 2: Within the last century or so, people have come to place much importance on academic excellence. The same can be said about academia in Malaysia. The government has placed priority in educating the young generation with the increase of funding and a more applicable standardized testing system. Even with all these improvements, does academic excellence guarantee a successful life? To some success is embodied in the 5c’s that includes tangible things which is cash, car and comfort. To others success may not be material assets but the legacy they leave behind for their children and future generations. For example when John F. Kennedy once said, “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country”. Such inspiring stories can be viewed as success. Point 1- Agrees : With that said, if success to a person is measured in assets, academic excellence will not hurt. For

example if a person decides to become a medical doctor, he or she is almost guaranteed a successful life. This is because whether the country is at war or in an economic crisis or the country is prosperous; a doctor is bound to have work that can generate income to live a comfortable life. However, if a different profession is chosen such as business, there are too many variables for a guaranteed successful life even with a business degree. Life might be sailing at one point but as soon as something occurs, such as an economic recession, life might not be successful anymore. Although admittedly, for a person with academic...