Another Holiday, GCSE Results and First Month of College

October 15, 2016

"I'll be back next Thursday" - Me, July 21st 2016
Good morning, afternoon, night or whenever you're reading this wherever you are. Welcome to "next Thursday", or at least a Thursday. Actually, it's Saturday. Nevermind. The point I'm trying to make is that in my last post I lied again about coming back to regular blogging on a weekly basis, and it's actually been three months since my last post. So without further ado, here's a short post about what I've been up to...

If you remember, I came back from being on holiday shortly before my previous post but then shortly after that I went away again, this time to Cornwall with my girlfriend's family. I had a wonderful time there. We visited the Eden Project, as well as partaking in many other activities such as horse riding, paintballing, kayaking, archery, go-karting, swimming... The list goes on, and I enjoyed every activity we did. I had a great time and I will definitely consider going back or doing that sort of thing again in the future. It's certainly different to anything I've ever done before and I enjoyed it a lot!
After this, I spent a few days in London with my mum and dad just visiting family. After this, I returned home and it was just a few days until I got my GCSE results. Leading up to this event I really was not nervous at all because I knew that whatever my results were, they were that and it was too late to change them. So what would be the point in worrying about it and letting the nerves get to me? I had done all of my exams already and had found them all easy so I was fairly confident in my performance and I had it in my head that I had achieved all of my target grades and got the grades I had wanted to get.
With this in mind, I went to school on results day slightly nervous but with confidence at the same time. I opened my results and I was struck with disappointment. Although now I look at them I think I still did good, I did not by any means achieve what I had thought and wanted to have achieved. I was predicted A*s in every subject aside from business studies and English. I was predicted to achieve A's in both of these subjects. My actual results however, instead of being ten A's and A*s showed that I had achieved five A's and five B's. Although I knew I was going to get B's in English, I was extremely disappointed with myself for the other subjects I had gotten B's in (business, biology and religious studies). Upon completing my exams I was confident in myself achieving at least two A*s (maths and religious studies) so achieving none had a great effect on me. I soon got over this however and just took it as a lesson for the future though. I recognised what I had done wrong and I aim to change these things during the next two years of AS and A Levels at college, and this leads me onto my next point - college.
I began my first year of sixth form at East Norfolk on September 5th and for the first week, I hated it. I don't know why this is but if I were to hazard a guess, I think it's just because it's different to what I've been doing for the past five years where I know who everyone is and I know where I'm going. As mentioned in a previous post, I began studying geography, maths and sociology. After three weeks of college however, I recognised that I wasn't enjoying geography nearly as much as I thought I would and hence this lead me to swapping this for physics, which I have now been doing for three weeks and am enjoying a lot.
Overall, after being at college for over a month now, I am enjoying it a lot and to any of my local friends who will be progressing to college next year, I highly recommend East Norfolk Sixth Form for a number of reasons, but to put it in a nutshell, I enjoy coming every day and I feel like I'm making progress at a high rate with some great teachers and a great learning environment.
A few other things which have happened are the Lowestoft Kuk Sool Won 30th Anniversary Extravaganza, in which I led two demos - my class's sword and self defence techniques demo (which went extremely well and I am very proud of) and the junior's staff form team. I also took part in a demo with all of the black belts as well as a second/third degree sword demonstration and a board breaking event where I successfully broke my board first time with a palm strike.
On top of this, I also had an article published in the local newspaper, after being contacted by someone from Archant who had seen my Tweets about a MCS beach clean event in Lowestoft which I had taken part in. So, that's what I've been up to. Have a great week!

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