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Lee Seo Young & Lee Soo Bin

Interview with Lee Seo Young and Lee Soo Bin, sisters who came from Korea. Initially struggling with the academic rigour in lower secondary, Seo Young and Soo Bin found the strength and resilience to overcome their challenges. Their achievement of 7As and 4As respectively is testament to their commitment and determination to excel.

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Any thoughts regarding your achievement at the O-level exam ?


Seo Young Overall, I’m satisfied with my results. 
Soo Bin I’m very happy with my results as there’re improvements for all the subjects as compared to the Prelims. The distinction I got for English was unexpected! 

What are the secrets of your success ?


Seo Young





Definitely my subject teachers like Ms Rebecca Kong, Ms Ting, Mdm Tan and Ms Lee Shu En. I used to make the teachers stay back so late to help me with my work. Ms Lee even sacrificed her lunch breaks to guide me. Mdm Tan encouraged me a lot. My form teachers even wrote motivational notes for my classmates and me. My classmates are also an awesome bunch. We’ll study together and help one another. I truly appreciate the advice and guidance I received from all my subjects teachers who’ve tirelessly ensured my classmates and I continue to excel.
Soo Bin






All my subject teachers and form teachers have been instrumental in guiding me to achieve my best. My teachers like Mdm Nazlin, Mr Loh and Mdm Low were always willing to answer my questions. Sometimes I’ll send my questions through text messages and they’ll reply every one of them. Even teachers who are not my subject teachers will entertain my queries and doubts. Our home environment helps too. I am fortunate that I’ve a sister, Seo Young, who is taking the O-level exam together with me. We’re able to relate to one another. Our parents have been very supportive too. They trust us with our studies but they also check on us regularly to ensure that we’re on task. 

Were there challenges for you coming into YTSS as foreign students and gaining entry under the DSA programme ?


Seo Young


Initially when we were in Secondary 1, some students felt that since we came in with a lower PSLE T-score, we would do worse than others. But eventually, we realised that everyone was treated equally regardless of the T-scores and we were not underestimated.
Soo Bin



There were times when I had very low self-esteem. I tried to compete with my classmates and believed that I had to bring people down for me to get up. After some time, I managed to overcome my personal challenges. Very importantly, we never used the fact that we are DSA students as an excuse for not doing well. We go in with the belief that we’re just as capable as everyone else.
Seo Young



As sisters, we’re very competitive and sometimes ended up in ugly quarrels as we tend to compare our academic performances. But we always work together and support each other. Since we are in this together, we understand the problems that each of us is experiencing and we persevered to overcome our personal challenges. At the end of the day, I’m very glad I have my sister with me.

How has YTSS played a part in your success ? Can you share some memorable moments in YTSS ?


Seo Young







Majority of the credit must be given to YTSS for developing me into a student who is self-assured and confident. In Secondary 1, I was intimidated and felt disadvantaged. I had a defeatist view towards my academic pursuits. I felt that I didn’t belong. However, the teachers managed to make me believe that I had the capability to be better. The teachers set high expectations for me and challenged me to do better. Their faith in me motivated me to greater heights. YTSS stretches every individual to their full potential and never gives up on any student. YTSS is not just a school but a family who understands one another. A memorable account of my secondary school life would be when my teachers gave advice on life and not on studies. This has helped to nurture and develop me.
Soo Bin










YTSS has some of the most encouraging teachers who really push the students to achieve their best. What I appreciate the most is that teachers who were not even my form or subject teachers were very involved in my life. My school’s YMs and DM took the effort to get to know each and every student. This ensured that we’re taken care of in all aspects, and not only in our academic pursuits. This made us feel at home. With such a comfortable setting at school, I was comfortable to explore myself as a student and person. YTSS has given me plenty of opportunities to discover myself. Overseas trips and external competitions are just some of the opportunities that moulded me into a student who wants to do well. My ex-classmates also never discriminated anybody. Despite having different grades and having different levels of abilities in certain subjects, we all enjoyed each other’s company and are supportive of one another. Being happy and satisfied with the school environment in every single way made me want to do well to make the school proud. YTSS made me a very happy person, which is the most vital basis to doing well in anything.

What do you intend to pursue after O-levels ?


Seo Young

I’ve always wanted to pursue Sciences in a junior college of my choice. My long-term dream is to study medicine. My short-term plan to make my JC life a happy one.
Soo Bin In the future I would like to be a secondary school teacher. I’m also interested in business.

Any advice for your juniors ?


Seo Young


Whenever you feel you can’t do it, go to someone and cry it out. After you feel better, look for your teachers and get help. I’ve always looked for my teachers whenever I need guidance. Do not doubt yourself. Always believe that you can do it.
Soo Bin


Always do something that you love. For my sister and me, whenever we’re stressed, we would do something that we love like eating out or buying snacks. For that short moment, we’ll forget about our stress. It’ll make us feel more energised when we get back to studying again.