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It’s this time every year that many of students all around the country are busily studying for their Year 12 exams. This year I am in year 11 but did two year 12 subjects: Further Maths and ITA (Information Technology Applications). Over the last few week I, along with thousands of other students have been studying hard, getting in as much preparation as possible. Long days studying, long nights thinking. Many even struggle to get a couple of hours of sleep leading up to the exam. The day of the exam comes and many people are still studying. They wake up early to get as much revision in as they can.
I think nearly every student in the state who has a Year 12 exam stresses until the exam has finished. And yet it is when they walk out that they realise: “What was I stressing about?”. There really is no point stressing out about an exam. You will survive! You may fail, you may pass, you may do better than you thought, you may not do as well as expected. It doesn’t matter what happens inside and after the exam, life will go on.
While I saw many of my classmates trying to cram in last minute study, I thought “Well I’ll either know it or I won’t. I have done as much as I can all year. There is nothing more I can do.” I believe that these last minute thoughts really helped me. I felt prepared but I wasn’t too stressed. Like any normal student I was still feeling the pressure but I walked into the exam feeling reasonably relaxed. If only I knew before the exam that all the stress counts for nothing. There is no point. People stress that much that they have failed the exam in their heads even before they open the papers. Year 12 Exams: You will survive!
This is a poem that I wrote in English class last year. It is about my Grandmother that I never got to know.
You ask me, what did I dream?
I dreamt that I became a time machine.
I wanted to go back into the past.
Go back and visit a woman I know,
Someone I loved.
It was my grandmother that I love.
What was she like?
I can’t remember.
She left the world when I was young.
She had to leave me
Because it was her time to go.
She went to a place called Heaven.
I miss her and I’m sad.
I’m sad because all my friends have a grandmother.
You ask me, why does this matter?
Because she had to leave me and went away.
I want to go back through time to meet her.
I love the moment when I step inside and I suddenly feel safe and calm as my family surround me, comforting me in any way they can no matter how bad of a day I’ve had. And the feeling of truly belonging.
I love the cold, winter day when I sink into the couch, a warm blank wrapped around me, the flames of the fire bringing warmth to the house while your mouth waters at the smell of the hot chocolate that being tightly held by my two hands. And the voices on the TV bring me laughter.
I love gazing outside the window observing the sheep grazing on the luscious grass, the birds chirping, with the sun’s rays beaming down all the while I’m relaxing on my bed in the comfort of my home. And the sound of baaing sheep in the paddock.
I love the peaceful and relaxing feeling that runs through my body as I lay on the comfortable, soft bed sitting in the centre of my room as the most important piece of furniture in my room. And the moment my eyes shut as I fall asleep.
I love the way how every stain, where the furniture belongs, every creak in the floorboards, all marks on the walls, have all been inserted into my memory. And the way I’m able to find my way around without thinking.
This week I’ve learnt how reliable our society has become on technology and how different and challenging life is without it. After there was a fire at our local Telstra station our area has been offline for over a week. With no phone lines, limited and dorpping in and out mobile service and no internet life has been very interesting. People are going crazy. Those facebook addicts are having major withdrawl symptoms. Reception staff are finding their job very boring; waiting for the phone to ring but it never does. People can’t pay their bills, can’t get money out, can’t fill their car up with petrol, shops have limited eftpos and people are unable to contact others.
I’ve only recently been back online again and I can say it was a sigh of relief. There was so many questions I wanted to ask google. Times when I simply would just say “I’ll google it” I wasn’t able to.
Our society has become so reliable of technology that when we go without it the world as we know seems to stop running.
After a long year of school I’ve now officially completed year 10. After finishing my exams and doing a weeks work experience at the Moyne Shire Council I can now relax and enjoy the holidays. Having no plans and having nothing to do is very relaxing and enjoyable. But now heading into Year 11 and doing to VCE 3/4 subjects I know the holidays will have to contain doing some homework. But who cares!! School is finished for the year and I can enjoy doing nothing at home.
I can’t wait for the holidays to start and for the fun to begin.
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