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Gen Y Speaks: I dropped out of school at Pri 4. This is how I carve out a business career

The author does not have Singapore academic qualifications and now runs two businesses.
The author does not have Singapore academic qualifications and now runs two businesses.
In Singapore, dropping out of a formal education in favour of home-schooling is shocking even today. This was even more so 20 years ago, when my family and I made the call for me to be home-schooled.

I still remember the labels others had placed on my parents, deeming them wildly irresponsible for this decision. Despite this, today, I am immensely grateful for the decision my parents took.

My home-schooling days have helped me carve out my own career path based on my personal strengths and have given me freedom from being bound to mainstream metrics of success. 

No child would want a diagnosis to define their lives completely.

Yet at the age of nine, I was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This, coupled with my incessant bouts of eczema and an inability to focus, meant I faced difficulties learning in an educational structure that required me to sit still.

The American curriculum I was taught at home focused on areas outside of conventional textbooks, such as cultivating manners, imparting practical skills and offering guidance in planning my career.

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