Now school leaving age has risen, where does that leave us?
Basically, it means that we can’t leave education until we’re 18, so what on earth can we do? We can go to college to study, we can stay in school for Sixth Form, we can get an apprenticeship or we can go to work. This is all easier said than done, as it’s our life and the choices we make will impact us forever.
‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ is a question I’ve been asked so many times, and the truth is, I have no idea. Maybe if I had thought of a career path when I was 10, I would’ve chosen the right school, the right GCSEs and would be perfectly on track to being a millionaire by the time I’m 30. But it doesn’t work like that. When I was 10 I think I wanted to be a Police Woman, then a Chef, and now I’m preparing to do a Maths degree at University, who would’ve thought? We all grow up at different rates, our likes and dislikes change like the weather, but nobody realises how quickly the day comes when we have to choose our path to go down.
Being in the Sixth Form brings a new set of challenges, suddenly you’re viewed as an adult, as a font of all knowledge, and all the younger students in the school look to you for answers. The responsibilities that come with growing up help us to develop life skills, and help fill up our personal statements for university and applications for work.
Now that the Government have changed the system so that all the exams are in the summer, the stress and anxiety is already building! If we make a mistake in these exams then it could potentially ruin our future uni/career prospects.
Higher education and University are an exciting prospect for some, but with them comes many more dilemmas. Presuming you’ve chosen a career path by now, choosing which university is the best, along with which course is going to get you to where you want to be. Then comes the battles with accommodation, student finance and all the other dramas that you have to sort out. Ultimately, this is just life and all these little decisions help us grow as people.
Everyday we face a mixture of emotions, these are heightened around the exam period and we all seem to go crazy! Nobody realises that the best support networks throughout all of this are your teachers and your family. They’ve all been there before, and although it may seem like their advice is out of date, it’s not. So talk to them, because they’ll know exactly what to say and what to do to help guide you in the right direction, and maybe, just maybe you’ll be making millions one day!
Guest Post by Lizzie Mills – Student at Mascalls School, Tonbridge, Kent