School is something that has played a huge role in the last 13 years of my life and is something that is going to continue to be a huge part of my life for at least the next 4 years. I have always been a huge advocate for education. As some of you may know school is something that I’ve been quite good at. But in today’s post I am going to be sharing my honest, unfiltered and raw opinions of my past year and a bit at Sixth Form.
Now it’s easy to dwell on the negatives of sixth form but I couldn’t think of anywhere I would rather be. Sure it is hard, but at the end of the day getting to go to school everyday and learn is a privilege. I have decided to write this post so that I can look back on it in years to come and remember how I felt about Sixth form.
My secondary school was a tiny isolated place and nobody believes me now when I tell them that the majority of people drove their tractors to school. Now picture me, a small country girl being thrown in at the deep end at a college of over 3000 people knowing just 2 people. I have to admit that college was a huge culture shock. Moving to a school where you know nobody really pushes you out of your comfort zone. Although the first couple of weeks are hard, it gets better. Once those barriers begin to come down and friendship groups begin to change and expand everything will slot into place. At first it feels unnatural and forced but by week 3, you will feel like you’ve been doing it for years.
College has made me more independent and had made me feel like I will be ready to go to university next year. Going to school in a city is also a big leap for me. It’s so weird to be able to pop to the shops on my lunch break or go and get something to eat. It’s a huge perk but equally my bank account isn’t too thrilled about the dent my vitamin water obsession is making. Getting to college has also made me more independent. As I live in the middle of nowhere there aren’t many reliable travel links. Last year I spent probably days if not weeks of my life on the bus to and from college. The whole journey spanning around 1hr30 each way so I quickly learned to be productive during these essentially 3 dead hours a day.
As for my subjects, in case you didn’t know I do French, German and English combined. So I thought I would give you a little run down on my opinions of each of these subjects.
With French and German you see your progress fast. From going into that first conversation class shaking like a leaf (I’m not joking) to leaving your last year 12 one having gone in and just spoken fluently for 10 minutes about any given topic. At the end of year you will be able to reflect back on the progress you have made and be proud of how far you have come. Of course this progress doesn’t come without the work you put in. Keeping on top of work in languages is a struggle but as long as you are organised it shouldn’t be too much of a challenge. Over the year as I got progressively more exhausted I did let my organisation slip a little bit. It really does impact the progress you can make and you soon see the importance of the tasks. Despite the stress of essays and listening tasks, language lessons are just fun. I think my whole class would agree that languages are challenging but are also incredibly rewarding.
As for English, at first I found the lessons a bit tedious as the first term was running through poem after poem which is really not my favourite part of English literature but it really grew on me. English is hard and sometimes it feels like you aren’t going anywhere but soon you’ll see how far you have come. From being able to use terms like periphrastic adjectives to talking about the connotations of hegemonic racism in Venetian society during the Jacobean era. Thinking back to this time last year there is no way that I would be able to write as effectively as I can now. It has really helped my blogging skills too! Having never studied History (well all but a half hearted attempt at some tudors project in year 8) I just assumed it wasn’t something I would be good at nor enjoy but my English lessons have shown me that there is lots to learn about our past.
As for Sixth Form in general, getting settled in was far from easy. I struggled to integrate myself into a new surrounding and it took me a few weeks to get settled in. Having to wait for everyone to break down those barriers and let new people join their friendship groups was a hard experience. Also I know it’s weird but with my college being as prestigious as it is I didn’t feel like I deserved to be there so that also caused a few set backs in the first few weeks. And of course getting used to the commute took its time.
Sixth form has given me so many opportunities that I will be forever grateful for. From trips to Oxford to the French Exchange and even my experience with the Sutton Trust which I wrote about in my most recent post, college has give me such a variety of different things to get involved with that have enabled me to grow even more. It feels that not only has my academic potential grown exponentially but also my social life has improved too!
Ich fand mein erstes Jahr in der Oberstufe schwierig, aber jetzt ist es fertig und ich muss weiter machen! Meine Fächer gefallen mir gut, und obwohl sie schwer sind, ist es belohnend, wenn ich jetzt fleissig auf Deutsch sprechen kann. Ich erinnere mich auf letztes Jahr, als Ich GCSEs gemacht habe und ich konnte kaum Deutsch sprechen und aktuell kann ich über viele Themen reden z.B Einwanderung oder das Schulsystem in Deutschland. Wegen meiner Deutschstunden habe ich viele Freunde gemacht und auch viele Selbstbewusst entwickelt und deshalb bin ich sehr dankbar. Auch meine Lehrerin ist so suss! Ich dachte, dass es keine besser Lehrerin als meine Lehrerin in der Gesamtschule gibt, aber in moment meine Lehrerin ist wunderbar!
Je peux parler en Français aussi! Au debut de l’année je pensais que je préfère l’allemand mais maintenant je trouve ca difficile de choisir la meilleure langue. Dans les cours de français j’apprends beaucoup auparavant je ne pouvais conjuguer les verbes mais maintenant je parle bien! Avec l’échange j’ai amélioré mon français beaucoup, j’ai eu l’opportunité de parler avec la famille de ma correspondante et donc j’ai fait du progrès. On a parle au sujet de beaucoup des choses par exemple la Reine en Angleterre, les politiques, les écoles et des autres. J’ai beaucoup de reconnaissance pour mes professeurs de français et j’ai fier que je peux continuer avec les deux langues à l’université.