So the festive season is fast approaching us! Can you believe how quick years pass by when your all grown up? I can’t. So much has happened this year yet it feels like yesterday that I was celebrating the start of 2011, my last year of school, my last year of endless rules. This year as I see 2012 begin im going to be celebrating something else; a new chapter of my life, the start of a big adventure, that will see me separated from my friends and family and everything I know. Before all that fun begins though, there’s one more thing I have to endure – Christmas. Now don’t get me wrong, im no Scrooge. I love the christmas shopping, the preparation of the food, the cheesy songs on the radio. I put hours, no days, of thought into the perfect gifts. I select the perfect card, something sweet for the grandparents, something cute for the sister, some sort of “funny” catch line for my friend. I carefully colour coordinate the most fashionable wrapping paper and tags to suit each gender. I sit and curl and twirl ribbons to glam up the neatly wrapped parcels. Does everyone put this much effort into their christmas celebrations? Sadly not. Although of course presents is not what christmas is all about, in the 21st century they play a vital part. Can you imagine telling a child Santa wouldn’t be coming, it would just be a day with family round for a roast turkey dinner? It’s just not how things are anymore. Gifts almost always come first for a lot of people and family comes a close second. The reason behind all my effort is to show the family, which I don’t always see at christmas, how much I care. Although im not physically with them, they can see ive worked hard and thought about them, ive not just forgotten they exist! This year is important for me, my last christmas at home for a few years and I want absolutely everything to run perfect and the presents is always where I start. With a family like mine, it is impossible for us all to be together, as much as I would like to be and this is the frustrating part. Pretty parcels mask what my christmas is lacking – a whole family together. But maybe this year it can be different. Lets wait and see.
With running the risk of sounding old, the school years really are the best years of your life. If you told me that when I was fourteen I would have laughed you straight out of the classroom but now, five years on, with probably a maturity twice the level I had back then, I totally agree with that cliché statement. Now I had brains, I didn’t need to try to hard to achieve top end grades. Did I get in trouble? No, I had a mere one detention in the whole of my secondary school life and that was only for my phone being on my desk. Was I a “perfect” student? No I don’t believe there has ever been a perfect person to walk the world, everyone does something bad at some point and as far as students go, we all have mischievous moments! For me, homework was always complete, I always tried hard and sometimes I even did a little extra work. So I guess my school life sounds really boring but in actual fact it was far from it. I applied the work hard play harder approach to my GCSE years. School work was important but so was my down time with my friends and some time for myself for that matter. Friends make your school life, never again will you get to spend so much time together, without schedules colliding or commitments getting in the way. Back then I wasnt the popular girl by anyones standards, but I had a great bunch of friends and a few very close ones which I spent most of my waking hours with. It’s these few that I remain close to now, the rest come and go but that’s a different story all together. I have a younger sister who really didn’t believe me when I said the GCSE years are the best of your life. Really though this is the last time you will ever be able to have that much freedom without the worry of work, money and all the boring stuff you have to come to grips with as you get older. Its my friends that got me through school, I had a different set of friends for most classes and the group I spent my time with outside the school gates. School is all about learning, having a laugh and making mistakes. It’s a practice for what you face in the big wide world. It’s at school where we face many firsts, our first relationships, break – ups and close friendships. It’s a really special time and you learn a lot not just in the class room but about yourself as a person. Would I change any of the time I had at school if I could? Yes there are a few mistakes I wish I could go back and correct, but the whole experience and friends ive gained more than make up for that. My top tip for all of you; enjoy it, you might complain about homework but that is just a small . I’m not saying you shouldnt work hard because you should, education is important just really appreciate everything that comes with it. If I could go back and have those GCSE yearsagain I would, if I could have the luxury of the wage of a full time job to go along with it!