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I've really done it this time...

Discussion in 'Get it off your chest' started by PandaMan, Mar 24, 2014.

  1. PandaMan

    PandaMan Busy Member

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    'this time' is actually many instances over the past 6 months... :p

    I'm really annoyed at myself because I somehow stopped caring about my education. I'm currently in the 6th form doing Physics, Maths and Product Design.
    About 6 months ago I just gave up, literally for no reason. I am very capable and I know, 100% that if I had been trying all this time I would not be struggling so. At GCSE I got 4 A*s, 6 As and 2Bs, so I don't mean to blow my own trumpet but I am academic material.

    I'm still on track for Cs, maybe Bs, overall but I know I could do so much better if I really tried. With deadlines quickly approaching on 3 different pieces of coursework (3-4 weeks) I honestly don't think I can do much better than 3 Cs at this point.

    I don't want sympathy; the fault is mine and mine alone.
    In fact I am not entirely sure why I posted this. I just felt like telling this to someone other than myself...
     
  2. Margaret13

    Margaret13 Honorary Member

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    You silly thing you was so on track ..it does get hard towards the end I know with my daughter nearly giving up but she got there in the end .....the trouble is she would have always been mad with herself knowing she could have done better ....lets hope you know more than you think you do ....now get your head down
     
  3. stefan

    stefan I am the passenger

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    as marg says get your head down mate and get into it ,only you will reep the rewards of what you have put in
     
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    you know what you need to do, you need to knuckle down, stop pi@@ing around and get your college work done.

    I know plenty of people who now regret messing around at school, dont come one of them.
     
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    Just like you I was good and capable - possibly too much so - it was easy enough and so I didn't bother. My results were just like your forecast, but I carried on not giving much of a monkey's and my A'levels were poor. So rather than do a degree I had to do an HND. I was lucky enough to then go on and do a degree, but in a different subject. I won't say my HND was wasted time, but I've certainly felt like I've been catching up ever since. In this day and age, paying for your continued education as you might have to, there's no room for bu88ering about. Knuckle down. ATB
     
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    Mate, the worst thing you can do is start worrying at your age. Take it from someone who has been through the Censored. Do the best you can, with the time you have left, and with each day, try and make sure you are better than the last. Plan your time effectively and don't go to extremes either; find a middle ground, and trust me, opportunities will keep coming your way. Don't feel disheartened, because at your age, you have your whole life ahead of you. You have learnt from your mistakes and that is the number one rule. Good luck.

    T.
     
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    Encouraging words guys, thank you :)
     
  8. hawkeye87

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    Don't waste your time in school mate. As the old saying goes you'll want to be back there as soon as you leave. I was quite bright but never tried. Always bunking and being a jack the lad. Now nobody wants to employ me. Apart from the cafe I work in and I only work there cos my dad used to own it. I'm sure 90% of people on here will tell you that if they could have their time at school again, they would nuckle down.
    Atb ben
     
  9. Grumpyoldman

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    As we say up here in the frozen North . Squre thine sel up lad :up: Hey Grumps was put forward a year at 9 Big deal as my birthday was 3 days before the cut of for the year below so i was the youngest in my year anyway . hey long story short i blew of education at 16 and just got on with it being outside , spent 18 years and travelling and working around the world , i now work on barn conversions and listed buildings mostly getting rained on and with two miserable old sods all day every day in the Cumbrian hills !!! Best job Grumps has ever had . However get yer head down and get exams right , all ways there to fall back on and . What Marge said :up:
     
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    You've still got a bit of time left, don't stress and try to use your time wisely! If you have to retake a year its not the end of the world, especially when you're 17/18

    ATB

    John
     
  11. Andy_J

    Andy_J Replica Airgun Enthusiast

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    You can always join the Military and serve your country. ;)
     
  12. Trampilot

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    I lost interest in school based learning sometime around 15. Nothing seemed relevant to anything I was interested in - my interests were at the time way off the normal grid. After failing half my GCSEs and then A'Levels I decided to take a year out. Best thing I did. Went through a few jobs and decided to go to college and learn things way off the school curriculum and then ended up in Uni and getting a 2:1.

    Since then, all my jobs haven't involved my degree at all but you make your own way in the world. I've got some regrets (at 14 I wanted to work for the Forestry Commission - a bit of me still does!) but things balance out if you keep working hard at everything. Don't worry about your results if you screw up, there's time to build a career and make a huge success of yourself.
     
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    Get a really good education at 6th form , go to uni and get a degree , get in debt , then struggle to find a job and end up in a call centre asking customers for their reference numbers , simples !
     
  14. Jackroadkill

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    I was the same as you - I discovered playing guitar and threw my A Level's down the tube. i just stopped caring, doing any work or respecting my teachers. Basically I thought that I was so bloody marvellous that I didn't need to work hard (can see the same thing with my own boy now, but that's another story). In the early summer of my A level year I fell in love with a girl and spent the nights I should have been revising carrying on with her, went to school exhausted and blew my exams. I'd been on course for three A's, and ended up with a C and two D's. When I sat one law paper I was so out of it that I looked at the paper, wrote my name on the front and then left the exam.... what a knob.

    I did go to university, but my attitude there stank as well. Really it was three years (and lots of taxpayers' money) wasted, because I took nothing useful from it at all. I now work in a third-rate technical college teaching idiots who remind me so much of me at their age that it hurts. If I could have my time again....

    Oh, and the girl turned out to be a waste of air and skin, too.... seven years later!
     
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  15. Mart61

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    Don't worry about it. Just do what you feel like doing and take it from there.

    Personally I was always a "C- could do better" kind of chap when it came to report time. I left school with a handful of O levels in a mix of subjects and did an apprenticeship. OK I did reasonably well there but have always done what needed to be done to get the job done. No more. No less.

    Whilst I'm no CEO or senior management whiz kid, I do OK. Over the years, in spite of the lack of a degree, I've had Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard and Yale graduates working for me, a "high school dropout" almost.

    I do a lot of travelling doing what I do. As I type I'm in a 5 star hotel in Oslo having just devoured an rather nice bacon and cheese-topped burger and fries. I see folks around me talking business, sending emails, looking at MacBooks with graphs on. I see it all the time, in hotels, on aeroplanes, in airport lounges. Me, I've never done that. Work is what happens between 0900 and 1700. Working all .'s hours is, IMHO, not necessary. If anybody has to do that they're doing something wrong and perhaps it's time they looked for another job.

    I firmly believe that each and every one of us will rise to the height we want to be at irrespective of our education level. If you're destined to be a whiz kid, you will be. If fate has flipping burgers as the extent of your progress through your career path, that's what you'll become.
     
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    I'm going to start trying my very best. If at the end of my education it's not as good as I had hoped, at least I tried.
    I just know I will regret failing because I didn't try. It's so easy as a teenager to be arrogant and be absorbed in my own world but I keep hearing, over and over, tales of regret from my elders about their education.
    I only have to push on for a few months more, then I have a gap year before university.

    Yeah, I'm liking the message that's coming across here :)
    Yet again this community has come through for me in its collective wisdom. :up:


    p.s. I'm listening to "Que Sera, Sera" by Sly and the Family Stone at the moment. Sums it up perfectly :p
     
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  17. stevemandm

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    put the past behind you, as you can't change it now, so don't worry over it. give yourself a good kick up the arse and a knee on the goolies. when the tears have subsided, pick yourself up, and start again. knuckle down, get the best grades that you can, as when you do, they can't be taken away from you. yes, you've been a prat, but you can salvage it, if you work hard. you've done the hardest thing by admitting you've let yourself down, and that takes intelligence and courage, so you're half way there.
    good luck mate
     
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    I'm a father of three; I always told my kids if they work hard in school they would leave with the education they need to find a job they love and kind of play for the rest of their lives. Or play in school and work hard in a job they dislike until they can better themselves. Without splitting hairs here, my son decides he knows better, took the Michael in school, started college and decided after 6 weeks it was not for him, so sat on the Xbox for a year (literally) sponging what he could. Now 3 years has gone by and now he wants a Company Directors job in Tokyo, go figure?

    He now has to work harder, and we now have to pay for his education. What I'm saying really, is try and get on top of it, if a "C" is good enough to get you where you need to be, then ok, good for you, but you were an "A" class student you already know what you need to do... Really fella, good luck with it, at least you should have a pat on the back for realising what you need to do, saying that, there is always next year.
     
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    Really feeling it now - 3 coursework deadlines for the end of this week...
    I'm working my arse off...

    :eek:
     
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    Get off the bloody internet then!
     

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