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My 3-Year Experience At SMK Tabuan Jaya - Chris Emannnuel Rentap

In this essay, I am going to tell all of you about my 3-year experience at SMK Tabuan Jaya. I have a lot of wonderful experiences and memories from my three years at the school. 10 January 2016 was a big day for me, because on that day I registered as a student at SMK Tabuan Jaya. I had been dreaming of pursuing my career as a student at SMK Tabuan Jaya [SSN Sarawak] since I was a kid.

On that day, I got nervous and felt a little bit scared because, when I came to the hall, I could see a lot of big guys helping the teachers with student registration. After my registration process was done, I was brought to my new room in the hostel. Then, my life as a student at SMK Tabuan Jaya started.

To be honest, 2016 was a tough year for me because I needed to go through so many obstacles as a Form 1 student. There were many great memories like meeting new friends and representing my state at the Under-14 KPM League.

However, I only played for the last two games, which were against SS Bukit Jalil and SSN Kelantan. It was ok, at least I had some experience from the matches. The most memorable moment was when I got third place in the last examination of the year and won the award for best class decoration and cleanliness.

In 2017, I was a Form 2 student. I had only two missions for 2017: Firstly, improve my knowledge and target for first place in class examinations, and secondly, to participate in KPM League again. My dreams came true. I participated in KPM League and travelled to other states, like Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang and Perlis. We also fought against great teams like Mokhtar Dahari U14 Academy. Even though we lost the game, we gained some experience from it. In the end, we only got 7th place by winning some of the games.

I have achieved my second mission, but I failed to achieve my first mission. Day after day, I was disappointed to realize that I was always away for competitions. In the end, my examination results became worse, but I did not let this break my spirit to always learn. This was a springboard for me: No pain, no gain. I tried to fix my flaws in the learning process.

2018 was a big year for me because I had the PT3 examinations in September. My new mission was to give my best to get the best results for PT3. I started to study hard. In 2018, I did not participate in KPM League. 2018 was also a bad year for me, I got an injury on my right knee when I was playing football in my hometown. It was a horrible and terrible memory. It made me disappointed. I could still play but I could not give my 100% because of this broken knee.

I focused only on PT3, and the History and Geography assignments. When PT3 was around the corner, I cried by myself. I answered all of the papers and my hard work paid off. I got an excellent result and it was my pride for the whole of my life.

For 2019, I also have a mission. My mission is to always improve my knowledge and make my behaviour become better and better. The most important things is I want to draw a smile on everybody’s faces.


Chris Emannnuel Rentap is from Miri, Sarawak. He was born on 27 October 2003 and is the eldest among his siblings. Now, Chris is a student at SMK Tabuan Jaya (Sarawak State Sport School) in Kuching. At SMK Tabuan Jaya, Chris participates in football, a passion he has loved since he was a kid. Besides, Chris also loves music very much, as he likes to sing. Chris has a huge dream. He wants to be a successful person and make his parents proud of him. He wants to draw smiles on everybody’s faces. He does not want anyone to feel sad. He wants you to be happy too.


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