The country’s top 7As PMR student Lee Julin not only excels in her studies but has also notched a string of achievements.
She plays the violin with the Penang State Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (Pessoc).
She is also a state volleyball player and state-level long jump gold medallist.
When not studying, she will be practising her violin, piano or undergoing sports training.
“This may seem hectic but once you set your mind to it, it becomes normal,” said the student of SMK Convent Green Lane of Penang.
Her academic success capped a fulfilling year for Lee who also completed her Grade 8 violin examinations.
To take part in the athletics meet and volleyball tournaments in the middle of the year, Lee had to sacrifice lessons at school.
A motivated individual, she relied on self-study, took extra tuition for Bahasa Melayu and carefully managed her time with a weekly planner colour-coded to show her priorities.
On her desk in her study room at home are thick files of hand written notes and diagrams compiled over three years.
She had diligently copied important notes from various revision books into different files and arranged them according to subjects.
She also supplemented them with additional information obtained from the Internet.
“I believe in consistency and not just study when the exams are near,” said Lee, the eldest of two siblings.
Housewife Lau Hooi Kiean, 46, a former accountant, said her daughter worked hard and had her teachers to thank for her success.