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Need help with choosing a school! HELP!

Hey guys I appreciate it if you could give your opinions and thought on this. So there is 2 schools available for me. One that is far from my house and one which is near to my house. I get accepted to the further school but I can appeal to the other one until tomorrow. They both offer the same course (nursing) but I'm in a dilemma right now to which one to choose.

First school - Further school (Traveling time is about 1 and 1/2 hour - 2 hours):
Disadvantage - Newer course (opened in 2005 so less experience)
Advantages - More and new facilities/buildings, offers a lot more activities/sports and overall a more bigger school.

Second school - Nearer school (Traveling time about 20-30 minutes) :
Advantage - Older course (opened in 1992, so more experience and more prestigious). A lot of students went there.
Disadvantages - Rundown school, very little activities/sports and also facilities and overall a smaller school.

The first school is one of the top schools in my country overall but the second school is more famous for it's nursing. So which one?!?!

My mum keep insisting for me to choose the nearer school so that it's more convenient for me. I have until tomorrow to decide.
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all i can say is a long commute hurts and i will do everything in my power for the rest of my life to avoid spending any more time than i need to commute...

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You should convince your mother of the advantages of the first school. Which parent wouldn't want their child to go to the best school in the country? I mean, your mother is right that commuting not just be very annoying but can also get tiring after a while. But if you are willing to follow through with it, it shouldn't be a problem, I think. In the end it will be you who has to travel up 2 hours each day. If telling that to your mother doesn't convince her, you should tell her that once you start working somewhere, you most likely won't be able to choose the work place closest to your home either.
In the end, it is you who has to be happy with your decision.

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You should convince your mother of the advantages of the first school. Which parent wouldn't want their child to go to the best school in the country? I mean, your mother is right that commuting not just be very annoying but can also get tiring after a while. But if you are willing to follow through with it, it shouldn't be a problem, I think. In the end it will be you who has to travel up 2 hours each day. If telling that to your mother doesn't convince her, you should tell her that once you start working somewhere, you most likely won't be able to choose the work place closest to your home either.
In the end, it is you who has to be happy with your decision.
I have to add that the second school offers better job opportunities but the first school offers tennis. The reason why the first school is the top school in Singapore is because of their engineering courses.
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I have to add that the second school offers better job opportunities but the first school offers tennis. The reason why the first school is the top school in Singapore is because of their engineering courses.
Then you should go with the one which offers the better job opportunities because it also has the advantage of you not having to get up so early in the morning for class. As for tennis, you could play it elsewhere than in school in your freetime too.

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I travelled from bukit batok to Ang Mo Kio and back for four years in secondary school which took at least 1.5 hours by bus/train/bus and it was one of the worst experiences of my life. Travelling like this every day is super tiring espcially considering the horrendous weather of this country. It seems like second school is more logical - shorter travelling time + better job opportunities. Sucks that there's no tennis but you can play elsewhere like Nikki said.

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I travelled from bukit batok to Ang Mo Kio and back for four years in secondary school which took at least 1.5 hours by bus/train/bus and it was one of the worst experiences of my life. Travelling like this every day is super tiring espcially considering the horrendous weather of this country. It seems like second school is more logical - shorter travelling time + better job opportunities. Sucks that there's no tennis but you can play elsewhere like Nikki said.
Which school do you go to at Ang Mo Kio if don't mind me asking? I live there That's why Nanyang is so much nearer to me than Clementi. But if I go to Ngee Ann there is one straight bus and back so don't need to change bus or anything. It's just that the travel time is far.
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I went to St Nicks. I had to take a bus to AMK station, then take train to Bt Batok, then take a bus from Bt Batok to my house. It was torture. Having a direct bus is not so bad but if your classes are going to end late then it's probably better to go somewhere nearer.

Eh I think I went Nanyang Poly to play tennis once. It's at YCK station right?

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Why did you go to ST Nicks in the first place. Unlike poly, there are tons of Secondary schools to choose.

Yeah it is. But there is no tennis CCA there But there is a tennis center near the MRT station but need to pay for rent fees if I'm not wrong.
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Cos I went to St Nicks primary and wanted to follow my friends to St Nicks sec. My mom went there also and she wanted me to go. Horrible idea.

Oh there's no tennis CCA. That's awful. But I think your job prospects are more important so I would really pick the school that will give me better prospects when i graduate.

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At least the torture and torment is over. Traveling to a further secondary school is more tiring because of the heavy schoolbags.

So you saying to choose Nanyang? I think I have to sacrifice a lot of things like tennis in order to go to the right school.
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I just found out that Nanyang Poly has a tennis court but no tennis CCA? What's the point of it then?
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Were you in tennis CCA in secondary school?

It doesn't really make sense to choose a school just for the CCA to be honest. After poly you'd probably be working already so you should choose according to job prospects.

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neither one, stay home

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