I am now coming to the end of my time at secondary school, having had my official 'last day at school' and having only two exams remaining. It's a very odd feeling, with school having been a large part of my life for as long as I can remember and as such, I have recently been looking back and reflecting on my time at school, motivating me to write this post. I have omitted things I have learnt from primary school due to my memory of those years being significantly less clear. Some of these points are a bit silly, but I hope the majority will be useful those soon to start secondary school/ already attending or at least provide a laugh to those who read it.
1) Don't let your dad to convince you that you need a massive man's backpack that makes you look a turtle.
2) You don't need to bring in ALL of your books every single day, just the ones for the lessons you have that day. Otherwise you'll kill your back.
3) You will cringe when you look back at your Year 7 photos a few years later. That's just a fact. Case in point:
4) All of the older years will go 'awww' when they see you on your first day in Year 7. And it will be embarrassing.
5) Your first assembly will stink of leather from everyone's new shoes.
6) You may initially enjoy the independence of walking on your own to school and feel all grown up but it will not be long before you're begging for lifts.
7) If you get a locker you will never use it after the first few weeks.
8) You will forget your keys, lock yourself out, and spend an hour sitting on the doorstep waiting for your parents to get home multiple times.
9) If you wear red glasses, everyone will call you Ugly Betty.
10) Detentions aren't as bad as your primary teacher warns you. They're an annoying inconvenience. Nonetheless, don't take this as an excuse to do something that'll get you into detention. It could lead to more severe punishments.
11) Don't get cocky in Year 8 because you're not a Year 7 anymore. You will piss off everyone in the other years.
13) You will go through a phase of having awful makeup when you just start using it and the pictures will haunt you. I'm talking tangoed foundation and clumpy mascara.
14) Year 9 is the best year. You will do no work.
15) There's no need to be scared of the Sixth Formers. Although they secretly kind of like that you're intimidated by them.
16) GCSEs/ A levels aren't as bad as your teachers tell you they're going to be. Yes, you'll have to put the work in but you aren't going to be overloaded with impossible work and hours and hours of homework with no free time. Ignore their scare tactics.
17) Don't feel pressure to achieve the grades other people tell you you should be getting/ need. You aren't underachieving if you don't get these grades - they're your grades and no-one else's. All that matters is that you do the best you can.
18) If you do last minute revision and still get a decent grade, that's great. But don't think you can now do this for all your exams because you're "just good at last minute revision".
19) If you have a panic attack and don't go to your Year 11 prom, you will still look longingly at your prom dress 2 years later.
20) Don't pick a subject you don't enjoy for A Levels even if you got good grades in it at GCSE. You wont want to put in the work required and will likely ultimately end up dropping it.
21) If you were the sort of person who could coast through your GSCEs with little revision, don't expect that to happen with your A Levels. Come to terms with this now as realizing it too late will cause a lot of unnecessary stress.
22) You will practically need a suitcase to carry all your folders in Sixth Form. Your little handbag ain't gunna cut it.
23) Essays suck. And you will get a lot of them in Sixth Form
24) Exams suck.
25) Results days suck
What did Secondary School teach you?