This is why you shouldn’t study during Chinese New Year

Chinese new year is a season to celebrate and share moments with your love ones. It is a time for you to forget about work related issues and focus on spending as much family time (e.g. enjoying your reunion dinner) and time with friends if you can, because studies can wait, but Chinese New Year only happens once a year!

I decided to write about this today because I’m still seeing people studying on this special occasion, which in my opinion is unacceptable (sorry for the harsh word used). I have to admit that I did some work yesterday for about an hour, but after an hour or so I was like “screw this, I should be spending more time with my family instead.” so I dropped my books and started went to spend some family time.

P.S. How would you rate these fish jellies that my mum made? 🙂

Let me ask you an honest question, when you’re old and not as active as you are in the future, will you remember what grade you got for math or chemistry, or would you remember the jokes, the awesome Mahjong and poker sessions that you have spent with your family and friends? I’m sure it would be those great moments that you spent with your family and friends.

To be honest, even when I’m in University now, I can’t remember what grades I got during secondary school, because at this point in my life now, those grades are of no value to me. So this indirectly means that it’ll definitely be impossible for me to remember the grades I get in University now when I start working next time.

“But I remember the grades I got throughout primary and secondary school!”  

Alright, to be fair, I know everybody is different, so if you’re not like me and you remembered the various grades you got in school, then let me ask you this, will your future boss hire you next time solely based on your grades? Well, grades mean something, but they are not everything.

Ultimately, your future boss will hire you for your ability to work in a team, your ability to communicate well, and your ability to plan and organize your work. These are the key elements that your boss will look for when hiring you, and not about the A grade you got in your Math. So drop your books, and start spending time with your family, because family time allows you to train this skills which will benefit you in the future, and not by completing math questions.

“No! I still think my school GPA will matter when I work in the future.” 

Ok, if you think that grades are everything, then let me ask you a simple question. Knowing the importance of spending family time, will you still be able to fully focus on doing your work and neglecting your family? And even if you managed to study, will you not feel guilty that you didn’t spend family time on this special occasion?

So… Drop your books, and go spend some family time. 🙂


“NO! I will not feel guilty when I don’t spend family time. Studying is love, studying is life…” 

Ok, if that’s the case, then I hope you grow up having all the As you wish for and also remember to laminate your results slip so that you can stick it on to your wall and remember how enjoyable these moments were, because I know for sure that you won’t be able to remember the grades you got in school when you start working so DROP YOUR BOOKS, AND START SPENDING SOME FAMILY TIME.



Jokes aside, here’s to wishing everyone a Happy Chinese New Year! Drop your books and start spending more quality family time. Trust me, these will be the moments that you’ll treasure as you grow older. And with this, I will end off my blog post and go enjoy my reunion dinner with my family. 🙂

P.S. To the teachers who are really strict on their students: If your students didn’t manage to finish their homework in time, please forgive them, because they must have spent some quality family time over Chinese New Year. 😉 

Here’s another pic of my mum’s homemade jelly fishes… Just another attempt to show off her hard work 

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12 Replies to “This is why you shouldn’t study during Chinese New Year”

  1. Sometimes it’s not us that wanna do work during CNY, when you have assignments due 3 days after CNY… It’s not what we want, it’s what the lecturers want..

  2. Err, how bout study for papers which worth few hundred to thousands that affect ur salary raise… such as an accounting paper, an engineering or architecture paper ?

  3. Definitely agree with you on spending quality time with family and friends!

    But I think you’re a bit too extreme to say it’s unacceptable to study during CNY. In fact I think it’s admirable to study even on a festive occasion, it shows how dedicated you are to your goals. You can easily balance out the two; just cut down the time spent on studying, like just an hour, and go out to enjoy more family time. Studying during CNY doesn’t mean you’re hurting your relationships.

    Also enjoying quality time with family and friends is not limited to CNY, you can have it at any time during the year. Ultimately it’s the work-life balance we have to strive to achieve.

    Happy Chinese New Year!

  4. Its really easy to say “oh drop your books! Go spend some quality family time with your family!” when you dont have exams RIGHT AFTER CNY! Dont talk shit because you aren’t in such a situation where the major papers are on the same week as CNY. Since you are so concerned about “quality family time”, why don’t you tell all the schools and companies in Singapore not to put any exams or assignment due dates on the same week as CNY? Seriously, don’t write posts just based on your own situation.

    Happy new year

    P.S. I will forward your post to all the lecturers in my school. 🙂

  5. Advocating people to spend more quality family time is a good act. but I think you should give people the benefit of doubt. I’m one of them who just spent the whole day doing my work. If given a choice, i would love to spend some quality family time. Who doesn’t want to take a back side and rest? Seriously, it is because of the fact that I have a dateline to meet. Like what many people had mentioned, its all about striking a balance. Do you know that if i chose not to do my work on CNY, I just might not be able to finish my work on time for submission? Do you seriously think that I can simply tell my lecturer that sorry, I had to spend some time with my family on CNY and tada, he/she will extend our assignment dateline? they will all tell me, too bad for you.

    Also, CNY is merely another day. If we really want to spend some quality time with our family, I think this can always be done after CNY. I don’t think it is an issue. You don’t need a festive occasion or any special reason to spend quality family time. You just need to make it happen. That’s about it.

  6. I wish that all the professors can see things from your point of view.. How can one not study during CNY when you have assignments/take home exams due on th first, second and third day of CNY respectively?! Cannot tahan my profs laaaa!

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