As I write this, I have just one weekend, plus what remains of my Friday evening, before I return to school after a luxuriously long seven week break over the summer. typically, the weather next week is meant to be lovely and hot, and whilst i’m far from annoyed about missing that [the sun is, honestly, just TOO hot], I’m not looking forward to any of my six science lessons next week; that block is known for being hot in winter, and practically at fire-temperature in the summer months, or when the temperature outside dares to push past 20 degrees celcius.
My retur back to school looms closer than I’d like, admittedly, but it’s return brings very little else. Usually, starting back at school brings with it some initial anxiety: what if I mess up my education this year, or do something embarrassing, or make myself look stupid in front of loads of classmates? These are thoughts that frequent my mind after anything more than two weeks off school, or even after just one week during particularly hard times. Now, however, after seven weeks of educationless freedom, with the prospect of a whole new year awaiting me, I feel… excited?
Uh… L? Are you alright? Hmmm?
Yes, excited – I feel excited.
I am excited for the opportunities that a new year can bring for me as an individual in so many areas of my life. I look forward to growing academically, in preparation not just for my GCSEs, but for life as a whole; I look forward to becoming more confident, something which I’ve finally recognised as being an issue, and which I therefore want to work on; I look forward to finally acting maturely, like an adult, and taking things seriously; I look forward to being healthier, by eating properly, exercising regularly and sleeping for the right amount of time. This year, I’m going to do all of those things, because I want to be happy, confident and, most of all, comfortable with myself.
Accademically, I’m going to focus on several areas, which overall should better prepare me for exams and for future years of education. I’m going to do at least 30 minutes of revision each day, and at least an hour of revision on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as set homework. Hopefully, this will help me identify topics which I don’t understand as well as I should. From here, I want to start asking for help when I need it, and when BBC Bitesize [or other such sites] cannot help. This links in with my aims to become more confident: I currently struggle asking teachers for help, not due to pride, but due to confidence. I’m scared that a teacher won’t help me, and I’ll just appear stupid. This year, however, I am going to be more confident, and asking for help when necessary is how I’m going to do that.
Will you join me?
Together, we could all go back to school with a new mindset, and aims to work on areas that we wish to improve in. Whether you’re just starting back at school, or haven#t just had a break from it, I urge you to join me in starting a new page of your schoolbook, and allowing yourself to be happy, confident and comfortable with yourself.