Important Life Decisions (a more personal post)

2 September 2015


As I'm writing this it's currently the day before I go back to school and I am feeling somewhat overwhelmed by the amount of pressure and choices I am soon to face. What with GCSE's coming up this year, I also have to decide where I want to go after school or whether to stay on for Sixth Form.

As much as I hate to say it, I feel like my school hasn't prepared me much in terms of what is yet to come in the 'real world'; their priority has just been exam results, mostly due to the fact this is what reflects on them as a school. Whilst a school that focuses on your exams is hardly something to complain about, I feel like there needs to be a good balance between exams and also educating us in what is yet to come. After all, I don't know how to pay taxes, where babies come from (apart from the totally scientific sense) and how to prevent them. I feel like whilst I may very loosely grasp the concept of algebra and other complex maths - which much in argument to my maths teacher, will not help me in the future - there is so much I don't know about what to do once I leave school.

I have decided I don't want to stay on for sixth form and am instead going off to college after year 11, as it's environment is somewhere where I can be more creative and I can study subjects I am actually interested in. This also means I have the pressure of choosing the right courses and A levels I want to take, career goals, and ultimately what my 'goal' in life is. To say it's overwhelming is an understatement.

It seriously feels like only yesterday I was 11 and just starting secondary school but now that I'm in my final year it's scary how real everything is and how much everything matters. Whilst it's true exam results don't mean everything, they do have a significant impact on my near future for if I will get into college on the courses I want to take. 

I feel like the year up ahead will be the most stressful I've ever had to face, but hopefully it will also be the most rewarding.

Jess x

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