Dear Self

Dear Self,

As easy as it is to say, you need to get your head back in the game. You’ve played the same game before, with GCSE’s. You’ve won the dance battle of revision before- you can and need to do it again. If I’m honest with you, you revision effort and focus is only half, or less, than what it was last year. You’ve missed the bigger picture. Despite knowing it, you forgot that A levels are SO much more important than GCSE’s; your A level game should be a step up- not a step down. With three months to go, now is the prime time to level up your revision. Start with your time management; use your time more valuably.

My “new term resolution” is to thoroughly revise quotes during registration time and before school. What’s your “new term resolution”?

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Surviving A levels

My jump to A levels wasn’t as smooth as I had expected. I didn’t think it could possibly be as demanding as ab-day or leg-day. I knew that it would be challenging; I knew exactly how challenging it would be, but I convinced myself that I was ready to put my armour on and battle through it. I met with my first defeat within the first day: myself versus English literature.

I thought that I was ready to take on the demands of A levels. I expected to walk in to my lessons, on a bright, early autumnal day, as confident as I was in my GCSE exams- it was raining.

Little did I know that A levels was a whole new game, and I had only started to train for it. Regardless of whether or not you got outstanding GCSE grades, this game isn’t about talent, it’s all about strategy and patience. 

When you start A levels, you aren’t going to know everything. Like myself, you may think that you are only building on existing skills- while this thought is somewhat true, most lessons are crammed with new concepts and new content.

The mass of information that you have to absorb in each lesson is as heavy as the mass of the universe, but it doesn’t have to feel like this. Don’t be so hard on yourself. The key to surviving A levels is in balance and patience.

Don’t stop everything else in your life in an effort to learn an unrealistically great chunk of your course. Balance your time between consistent revision and consolidation and vital leisure time for yourself.

Non-stop studying is not good for you. It’s mentally draining. It’s dangerous. It’s deadly. It’s okay if you don’t understand everything straight away, afterall, you’re still on the first lap of A levels. You just need to keep on swimming.

Personal development

Whenever people at school made me sad, or insecure, I took my emotions home with me to dwell on. I spent a lot of my time in pointless missions to gain a sense of social status… Until I consolidated my actions. I realised that social status didn’t get me anywhere, and was never going to. 

From that moment on, I took every negative comment home with me, ditched them in my blazer pocket, shut my blazer away in my wardrobe, and put my full focus on improving myself. I decided that making myself and my family proud would’ve been much more rewarding than impressing unfaithful friends. 

Each day, I went home and worked very hard to improve myself through my education (for better understanding of the world) and my blog (for better practice in sharing my experiences). 

My hard work paid off- I acquired a better understanding of the world, myself, and even smashed my exams! I may have gotten 8 A*’s in my GCSE’s, but each day I go home with the same attitude because this is only the beginning.

Don’t just waste negative comments; use it as a battery for your personal development.

Knowledge

Why do we go to school? Why do we study? Why do we complete exams? 

Many of us are too focussed on the end goal- a certificate, reward, or qualification- that we forget the beauty in knowledge. Knowledge is power.

Google defines knowledge as: facts, information, and skills acquired through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. I define knowledge as: an incredible source of understanding about ourselves, the people around us, and the world around us.

We often take education for granted. An 11 year old that I spoke to today described education as only a gateway to a job, and thus money. This young boy correctly identified the possibilities of education; however, the boy’s lack of appreciation of the knowledge served to him at school astounded me. 

I am intrigued to know: how do you value your education?

Beginnings

I wanted a beginning.
I wanted to be free from the shackles of high school. I wanted to be free from the high school politics. I wanted to be free from this harsh society. I wanted to be free from this judgemental society. I wanted to be free from the ropes of negativity that have tied me to high school. 

I’m still surrounded by the same people, but I’ve left high school. I’m still in the same classroom, but I’ve left high school. People around me may still be the same, but I’ve left high school.
I have a goal: I want to be happy. I want to be surrounded by petals of positivity throughout my future. Even if I look ridiculous in doing so, I want to abandon my ropes of negativity. 
I have abandoned my ropes of negativity. I have abandoned my past, and that’s the beauty of a beginning; nothing happens before a beginning.