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Still clueless…

Hello everyone! Here I am again to rant about my problems ūüėÖ.

So in January I wrote a post called Decisions about careers and choosing A-levels, as well as how unsure I am about what I want to do. Now I’ve started A-levels, I thought I’d give another update/ rant about this (first world problems).

I ended up going for maths, physics, chemistry and history for my A-levels. So far I’m really enjoying them all- though the work can be a bit challenging at times, but that isn’t really surprising. The choice between biology and physics was always hard- biology was something I loved and would open my doors, similarly physics would lead to my dreams of space- science, which I’m not quite ready to give up yet.

Although I’ve gotten past choosing A-levels, college has been talking about working towards a degree/ career path. And like in January- not much has changed, I’m still clueless. 

I think I want to go into science- but I’m still unsure as to what. Taking physics means I’m probably not going to get into med school- but I’m not sure that that’s what I want to do. I love the idea of researching the universe- but I’m scared I’m going to be stuck in a monotonous office job, or it’s not as I hope. I don’t want to regret doing a degree to start a job that I hate. Part of me is scared I won’t get even close to the grades I need to get anywhere of significance. The existentialist in me doesn’t want to just sit around- but to make a difference to the world ( over- ambitious, I know) . 

I’m scared of so many things going wrong when it comes to careers. I think I’m also scared of actually deciding on what I want to do as it’ll affect the rest of my life.

I think I’m overthinking, I use the phrase ‘i think’ too much because I don’t actually know. And again, that’s scary. 

I’m going to try and research further into degrees and careers- and do more work experience to try and settle for an end goal- or at least to narrow down the list.

I don’t know- thanks for readin’ this drivel to the end

-Jenn

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Tips for starting year eleven

Hello, so most teens in the U.K. are going back to school next week. I thought I’d try and give some advice for starting into year 11.

1. Find what works for you

Your teachers may have been talking to you about different learning styles for a while now. By now you should probably have some idea of how you learn best- so use these methods to do the most effective revision. You may prefer mindmaps, flash cards, quiz questions etc. Or maybe different styles for each subject. Personally- I love flash cards so used them for everything, but I preferred to use mindmaps for English. By knowing what works for you, revising can become more effective.

2. Make notes

Make sure that by April or May you’ve got all of your notes written out. Whether it be in notepads, mindmaps or flash cards- have them ready to revise from. Use them too help comprehend information, quiz yourself and get others to quiz you. 

3. Use your mock exams/ mini-tests to your advantage

Mock exams and tests can be a useful way of revision. You can use them to find weaknesses and improve in those areas, as well as for revising for the real thing. At my school- we always went over past papers with a different pen colour and corrected our mistakes- helping you to find patterns of the things you need to improve on-and use this to your advantage.

4. Past papers are you best friend 

Past papers are brilliant. Once you’ve made your notes, do as many past papers as possible. This will help you to apply the knowledge into exam style questions. It may be hard due to the changing spec, but use old papers, and specimen papers, as well as textbook questions to help you learn to master exams. They’ll help you to learn what the examiners want and the way in which you should give it to them- know the markscheme.

5. Don’t over work/ stress

I’m not going to deny that this won’t be, probably, the most stressful year in your life so far- however don’t work yourself far into the night, or do too much, it can become unhealthy if you over work- so learn to find your limit. I know that you can stress so much about exams- but  try to relax sometimes as it’s damaging to your mental and physical health to stress and overwork.

Make sure you enjoy your last year at high school and embrace it. Work hard but don’t overwork. Keep the work- life balance. I hope these are useful for you.

-Jenn

The end of summer

Hello everyone! Long time no see? 

Anyway- today is August 31st- the end of the summer months is upon us. Thoughts of school and college are becoming more forefront in our minds. (Dun dun duunnnnn).

It’s been a somewhat busy 10 or so weeks (I had a longer summer as I’ve just finished year 11) and I’m soon to begin A-levels, which I’m both excited and nervous for. We start back on the 7th of September- so next week which seems to have come so quickly.

I’ve managed to do a lot over the summer break, after prom I did 4 weeks of NCS, and ‘graduated’ last Tuesday, I went to Normandy with Explorers, got a new job at the pub, went shopping with friends and spent time with them. I went to Llandudno, London and have generally had a great time.

Though as I write this, I’m in my pyjamas (it’s half 12), and I feel like I’ve had too many days doing nothing, but at the same time I’m tired so it’s probably okay to relax. Though I REALLY need to start looking at these ‘head start to a-level…’ books that college had given me- I’ve been procrastinating a lot.

This has been a kind of ramble- update sort of post, sorry.

I hope all is well

-Jenn

A trip to… Normandy

Hi everyone! I hope all is well, I’ve had quite a busy week, as it was my birthday on Friday, and in the same week  I went to Normandy with Scouts.

We stayed in a tented village, and mainly did lots of outdoor activities, though we went to see the D-day landings and Bayeux tapestry on the Tuesday as well.

On most of the days, we did morning and afternoon activities. This included bushcraft, high ropes, climbing, kayaking, archery, fencing and nightline. I really enjoyed all of the activities, and had a great laugh throughout my time there. Also, I’m scared of heights, but I managed to do the climbing and high ropes despite being a little terrified- which I can say I’m proud of.

In the evenings we often wandered into the little town that we were staying in, we were close to the sea so got great views as the sun set across the water. There was also a big colourful food stand selling crepes, waffles and candy floss the size of your head- a firm favourite of the group.

When we went to the D-day landings, there was a ‘3D cinema’ which told gave information in the event-both fascinating and moving. Visiting a war cemetary and seeing the vast rows of graves was very sobering as well- it shows just how big an impact war has on life- and the death it can cause. The Bayeux tapestry was great. It’s behind a glass case, which you walk around as an audio description tells you what each scene depicts, it wasn’t as wide as expected, but still exciting and interesting to see. I bought a teatowell from the shop there too.

On the Thursday evening, the leaders and my friends surprised me with an early birthday cake and balloons (we were travelling on my birthday so couldn’t do it then). It was such a lovely and thoughtful thing to do, so I really appreciated it. Later my friend bought me a birthday crepe as well, which tasted delicious.

Although the 16 hour coach trip wasn’t always fun (especially when we broke down at a services on the way back, adding another 2 hours to the journey) I had so much fun through the week. Meeting new people, and doing brilliant activities with my friends made it a great trip overall.

-Jenn

A trip to… Llandudno

Hello everyone! I hope all is well and that you’re having a good summer.

Yesterday I went to Llandudno, with my Mum, brother, cousin and Grandad. It was really fun despite being a little drizzly at times. I’ve been to Llandudno many times, and I always love it as it’s such a pretty seaside town. 

When I go to Llandudno with my family, we always get the train to Deganwy, and walk across the beach then over the hill from the west shore to the north shore. It’s a lovely walk as you can dip your toes in the sea, and the views are great from the hill too.

There is a small tearooms on the way to the north shore, which sell ice cream. Very, very good ice cream. So of course we had to stop and have some (I got raspberry ripple and mint choc chip), which was tasty and refreshing.

We also had a go on the toboggan (A giant slide-thing) which was hilariously fun, though a little scary going around the corners (I’m a bit of a wimp). As well as this, we wandered up and down the pier, which is littered with little shops, and provides beautiful views of the beach.

All around Llandudno, there are brilliant wooden carvings of the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ characters, because the real Alice often went on holiday there. It’s interesting to see them all, you could even do a trail around the town.

We all went home very satisfied with a bag of chips in hand, a great ending to a great day.

-Jenn

Self acceptance 

To really be happy in one’s self I think you have to be accepting of who you are, despite your flaws. And slowly- I think I’m beginning to do this.

I’m weird. Always have been, always will be. I’ve never really been a ‘cool’ person, and I don’t mind that. 

I think that somewhere in me, I’ve always been a bit uneasy with who I am, wanting to fit in more than I’d dare to admit. Despite being a self- proclaimed ‘weirdo’ for a long time, there was always something that wanted me to be a different person- who I’m not.

I remember the the beginning of high school, thinking I’m going to have ‘fresh start’- becoming a new ‘cooler’ version of myself. In a strange ‘new year, new me’ type thing. Surprise, it never happened, I’m still weird.

However now, I don’t really care as much. From experience, I know I can’t change who I am easily, yes I can work on things that I want to change, my flaws, but not my ‘weirdness’. I’ll always be a bit too loud when I talk, say strange things and over-repeat the words ‘thank you’ and sorry’. Accepting who you are is important, and I think I’m starting to do just that (yay).

I hope all is well where ever you are.

-Jenn

Life update-thing/ NCS

Hello everyone!

It’s kinda been a while, sorry, I seem to be talented at not doing things/ forgetting to do things

I didn’t really know what to write about if I’m honest. but I’ve been busy rescently do thought I do a bit of an update.

Over the past 3 weeks (and next week) I’ve been doing NCS (national citizen service). I wasn’t sure how much I’d enjoy it to begin with, however I’ve had so much fun.

If you didn’t know, NCS is a government scheme in the UK for teens after they leave high school (year eleven). As part of it you do a residential in an outward bound place, a residential at a university- then two weeks fundraising/ social action.

I’ve genuinely loved all 3 weeks so far- I liked the busyness of the outward bound, having the opportunity to do different activities like rafting or fencing. I also found the relaxation, and setting of the week at a uni really great too as it gave time to socialise and get to know people more. This past week has been fun as well as I’ve enjoyed taking action in the community and working with my team.

As I mentioned before, we’re in teams for the program- although I knew 3 other people doing it, I was put in a team separate to them- not knowing anyone on my team to start with. Though it was a little scary, I have got to know my team quite well- they’re all so lovely and easy to talk to, so the whole experience has been brilliant.

At the moment we’re fundraising for a charity that supports families affected by childhood cancer.

Overall I’ve love my time at NCS so far- and would recommend it if you’re thinking about taking part as it helps to challenge you and you can meet new people.

I’m going to try and post more often now that it’s summer, though I ant garuntee it (sorry).

I hope all is well.

-Jenn

Leavers/ prom

Hello everyone! So on Friday we had our ‘leavers assembly’ and prom. It feels strange to have finally &¬†officially left a place that I spent so much time at, but I’m also very excited for the future.

Though I’m not really a ‘dressy’ person ( I kinda live in jeans and never wear dresses, ever ) I wore a blue dress to prom- which I enjoyed wearing more than expected. The evening was wonderful (the food was soooo good), we¬†took photos, danced and sung the night away. I loved every minute of it, and spending time with my friends. I really enjoyed¬†the night¬†with my year group, and having a final big party with them all, as well as trying my best not to fall over in heels that I can’t walk in.

My friend had a barbecue the day after which was also great fun, we just chatted and listened to music for hours. It was great seeing¬†my friends again and¬†talking to them about the previous night.¬†There was cake too ( don’t forget the cake).¬†It was lovely- though I’m very tired after the past few days.

I have always loved school, and probably always will- so I’m going to miss it so much. The people, the atmosphere, learning new things and being inspired. I’m genuinely scared of losing touch with so many people I’ve grown close to and love so dearly. I know friendships drift, but it’s hard to think about leaving theirs you love. After primary school I lost touch with nearly everyone other than those I wentto secondary ¬† school with, so I really hope that this doesn’t ¬†happen again.

I consider myself a lover-of-people. I’m quite extroverted (despite being very awkward at times)- and I love all the people I’ve been with over the past 5 years at high school. I know I’ll miss it, but there’s great things to look forward to as well.

I hope all is well wherever ever you are

-Jenn

 

A trip to… York

Hello everyone! How are you? The summer holidays are here for me, luckily since I finished my last exam 3 days ago. Anyway, I thought I’d start a series- thing, about my time if I go on a day out to somewhere exciting, like York.

My Aunty, her fiancé, my other Aunty and I all went to York ( in Northern England) overnight from Wednesday to Thursday- It was a great trip.

We visited the Jorvick Viking museum- which had a ride showing robotic Viking people as it gave out information. It was a fascinating experience as we learnt about how the vikings lived and how they came to York.

We also went into York Minster- a massive cathedral- it was beautiful inside and out, covered in ornate decoration. Though climbing 275 spiral steps to the tower was tiring- the breathtaking views were worth it.

Wandering down the ‘shambles’ was also lovely. They’re small, narrow lanes containing cute little shops and Historic buildings to look at. I loved seeing the different buildings and shops as each one was unique. Walking around the walls was great too!

Also I bought a pencil sharpener that is also a tiny trebuchet which is adorable lol. 

Overall I really enjoyed the trip, it was kind of a ‘spur of the moment’ thing, but definitely worth every minute. If you like history, and old cities, I reccomend going.

-Jenn

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