It’s the end of summer, and many people are going back to school. Maybe you’re going into Year Ten, maybe you’re going to be starting Sixth Form, and maybe you’re finally moving into High School. Whatever the case, starting back at school can be hard. It can mark a big change in your life, and is intimidating for everyone.
The most important thing to remember about going back to school, is that everyone probably feels the same way. Everyone is nervous, and excited, and don’t know what to think. As long as you’re prepared, and have all the equipment you need, there isn’t much room for you to go wrong.
When I first went into Year 10, I didn’t know what to think. Half my friends from Year 9 had gone to different schools, and the others had a completely different timetable. However, most of my teachers used a seating plan, and conversation was easy. I already knew most people at least a little, since it’s hard to go through at least three years of school with someone and not know them. There were also people who had transferred from different schools, and they were easy to talk to.
In the higher years, friendship groups tend to go out the window and are less exclusive. You will make friends in different lessons, and most people will be happy to talk to you. There will be people who are negative, but these aren’t the people you need in your life. Having harder work may be a challenge too, but that’s what your teachers are there for. Never be afraid to ask for help, it’s what they’re there for. And if a teacher is treating you unfairly, go to a higher-ranking staff member. You deserve to feel respected in school. You deserve to feel safe, as well, and the school has a responsibility to protect you during school hours, and when you are on school grounds. If you feel unsafe, talk to someone. They will help, and will be understanding.
However, school isn’t for everyone. Not everyone learns in the same way, and not everyone will pursue an academic career. Just because you don’t do well in school, doesn’t mean you won’t do well in life. Yet, you should still try your best. I know it can be hard, but no one can say you didn’t try if you did. Whatever the case, you’re still important, and you can still achieve great things.
Keep fighting, cariad.