General Life Chat

Recently, I have loved seeing other bloggers post about their life and things that they have gotten up to so decided to give this post a try as I have never done anything like this before. 

Since I have never done a post like this before, you probably know very little about me. I’m currently 17 years old, am doing my a levels in photography, media studies and I.T. and I have recently started to learn how to drive.

Learning to drive was one of my main goals for this year and I’m so pleased that I built up the confidence to start having lessons after my birthday. Whilst writing this, I have already completed 4 hours and am starting to feel a lot more comfortable with it. After my first lesson I didn’t think that I’d ever be able to get the hang of it because there’s so much to do all at once but I’m glad that I have kept trying and hope to pass my test within this year.

A Levels have definitely been a lot of work recently. A few days ago we found out the exam time table and I’m very lucky to only have 2 exams this year compared to many of my friends that have 6+, however, all 3 of the subjects that I study are very coursework based so I have many deadlines coming up so a lot of my time over the next few weeks will be dedicated to that.

So far, my favourite subject that I study would have to be photography, it has always been a hobby of mine so I’m very glad that it is an option at my sixth form. The lessons are always really chilled out and we often get to go on trips.

Something that has been spoken about recently within my sixth form is what our plans are for after our second year, like most sixth forms, my school is quite pushy that we choose to go to university as it will benefit us more in the future. However, I feel that the pressure is just unnecessary, I have only just turned 17 so shouldn’t be expected to know straight away what I want to do for the rest of my life. For the time being, I’m going to continue working hard with my a levels and until I know what grades I am achieving I won’t be making any final decisions on what I want to study / where I want to study. If you are in the same situation as me then don’t put too much pressure on yourself, we still have a very long time to decide.

Another thing that I wanted to mention about sixth form is dropping a subject. At the beginning of the year I took 4 a levels, the 4th being art. I had done art for GCSE and really enjoyed it but it just wasn’t the same at a level. We weren’t given our own outlet to create what we wanted, we were given exact tasks to complete and they were expected to be done in a certain way, otherwise the teachers weren’t pleased with them. For example; we would be set to to do a painting of a specific landscape, then we would be asked to do this same landscape again with different techniques. Personally, I had never enjoyed doing landscapes and the next topics was portraits where we had to draw a large scale version of ourselves, I have never been good at drawing people so after doing it for over a month I decided to drop it. Nobody really judged me or anything for dropping it which I was happy about as I did feel that some people put a lot of pressure that you should for 4 a level subjects for your first year. By dropping it, I have also allowed myself a lot more time to focus on my other 3 subjects and I’m so happy with my decision!

I really hope that you enjoyed reading this post and finding out some more about me, if you would like to see more posts like this in the future then let me know!

Thank you so much for reading! If you would like to follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you can find me at @bethxkate.

Beth X


22 thoughts on “General Life Chat

  1. Another advantage of dropping art is that it’s a little bit difficult to do two art subjects. Talking from experience, I do Design and Photography and recently I really felt the pressure of a deadline that I had for both subjects on the same day and I had to have 2 completed sketchbooks, 2 Final pieces and 2 essays. So it would have been nice to have that work load halved! X

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    1. Yes definitely! I feel like I’d have been under so much more stress if I had kept doing art! That must’ve been so stressful for you, that’s the only problem with creative subjects really is the amount of work haha. Did you manage to get it all done in time? Xx

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      1. I managed to get it all done apart from my essays because my teacher (he’s my photography and design teacher) kept forgetting to give me my notes on what I was writing about. But it’s okay he’s a pretty chill teacher and I think even people doing one art subject didn’t get everything finished xx

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  2. You’ve got a great combination for your A-levels. You’d waltz into a job in media and marketing with those qualifications. Uni is tough and expensive, but worth it if you are interested in jobs that require a degree in a particular subject, like teaching. Otherwise, apprenticeships are a fab route and not just there for the ‘less smart’ kids. As you say, you’ve still got time 🙂 x

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