Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Sixth Form Options Evening

On the 17th of November, all I could feel was fear. It was my sixth form options evening.

I can't begin to describe how many emotions were going around in my head. This was an event that I had been thinking about for months, but now the time had actually come, I just wanted to curl up into a ball, and have the ground swallow me whole, so I could get out of it. Nerves are natural, I know, but I genuinely thought I was going to pass out!

Year 11 is a scary enough year as it is. It's been just over 2 months, and I thought things were stressful now. By the end of this particular evening, I realised that I was in for much more of a rollercoaster ride in the near future. There really is no going back now.

Quite a few of my blogging friends, and also people that read my blog are in the same position as me at the moment. They too are having to make scary decisions that are ultimately going to shape the next 2 years, or so of their lives. I'm sure all we want to do is watch Netflix, and go shopping for the latest beauty additions, but unfortunately, our future is quite literally in the palms of our hands right now, and there ain't no time to waste, people!

Seeing as I didn't really know what to expect before I was actually at the options evening, I thought I'd share a few words of wisdom to reassure some of you if you're in Year 11, or heading into Year 11 next year, or in the next few years. This is for you...

Don't be afraid to speak up - I know it can sometimes be daunting speaking to teachers, especially if you haven't ever really done so before, but honestly, half of the worry comes from overthinking the situation so much. As I've already said, I really was in two minds about going to my sixth form options evening, but I'm glad I did go. The teachers are there to help, and inform you. They won't be nasty, they won't laugh at you, and they certainly won't try to put you off. They will talk to you about the subject, ask you some questions to gain an idea as to how you feel, and they'll encourage you to do your research, or go to them if you have any further questions, or concerns. Don't stand there, and allow yourself to feel helpless. You're there to learn, and educate yourself, so that you can make the best choices for the future that you want.

Listen, and take in as much as you can - When I was at the options evening for my school's sixth form, there was a presentation, and speeches in the hall before the subject fair, where you looked around, spoke to teachers, and students, and asked questions. The speeches were from the head boy, and girl, the director of sixth form, and the head teacher. You can skim through the booklet that you get given with the application form, and all of the information for the various different courses, and you can listen, and look at the presentation. I'm not going to lie, it's an awful lot of information that you have to take in. I was sat there kind of gormlessly, trying to follow along as best as I could, whilst failing miserably. I managed to catch most of it, but the stuff that I didn't pay attention to, my mum was able to tell me later on. As long as you understand the key points, and you try your best to keep up, then I'm sure you'll be absolutely fine!

Start with the end in mind - This is something that the director of sixth form always says to us during this time. If you start with the end in mind, then things will begin to look a lot more hopeful than they otherwise would. For me personally, I've known for quite a few years now that I want to go into psychology, and mental health work. I know where I want to be in regards to my career, and those aspirations are firmly stuck in my brain. I also have a list of universities that I want to visit, and apply to because I have been researching them endlessly for the past few weeks. I have the end in mind. Knowing already that I want to take psychology was really beneficial for me, because then when I went to the options evening, I cemented my ideas further, and got an even clearer understanding as to what I could study alongside that, which would help compliment it as a subject. For those of you who want to know, I've decided to take double health and social care as well!

Those are all of the words of wisdom that I can think of up until this post. If you're in Year 11 at the moment, and going through the same thing as me, then I really hope everything is going well. You have got this! I believe in you, and you should believe in you too. We are all going to smash our mock exams, and our GCSE exams. We are going to succeed.

If you're not yet in Year 11, then hopefully this post was still helpful to you, because even if you're in Year 7, 8, 9, or 10, it's useful to know these sorts of things, as you will have  option evenings in the future too!

Whether you have been through sixth form yet, are going through it, or haven't got to that stage yet (like myself!), please feel free to share your thoughts, or words of wisdom below. I'm sure everyone would love to hear what you have to say, and who knows, maybe you will be able to help, comfort, or reassure all of us too!

Lots of love always,

Jade xo


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