The final stretch

Published on October 17th, 2011
The final stretch

Walking down the school corridors, I can’t help noticing how almost every student has one of those small black devices that seem to have embarked on some form of world domination in their hands. In fact, the number of people who own these devices is so great, that last week the server crashed in countries across the globe, forcing thousands of users to be without their precious BlackBerrys for 48 hours. Oh, the horror!

I’ll admit I’m also a BlackBerry addict, and the thought of surviving without the little red flashing light telling me I have new message on BBM, forcing me to stop studying and join in a long and usually pointless conversation with people I’d probably never say so much to in real life, made me feel quite devastated! But instead of venting my frustrations on Facebook, Twitter and every other social networking site out there, I decided to use the “freedom” from my oh-so tempting BlackBerry to actually get some work done.

With my final Matric Exams only a week away, I’ve been consumed with thoughts of how I should really get my studying done, and how quickly this year has gone by, and how these are my last school exams EVER (can you believe it??). But I haven’t really managed to transform these thoughts into actions and get into full-on study mode. When the BlackBerry disaster happened, I decided it was a sign that I should get on with it and just start studying.

That’s the problem with most teenagers these days. There’s so much to do, we never know where to start. So we procrastinate and catch up on an episode of Phineas and Ferb instead.

My advice…just START. Don’t say you’ll do it later, or you still have a lot of time before it’s due. Get as much work as you can done, every day. Then, once you’ve finished, you can go find out what Perry the Platypus is up to without feeling guilty.

Friday was my last official school day of Matric. I didn’t think I would be this upset to be leaving. From Grade 8, everyone talks about how they can’t wait to be finished with high school, but to be honest, now that I’m almost done, I actually wish I could go back to Grade 8 and do it all over again. Okay, maybe not all of it, but you know what I mean. I was very happy to receive my full-colour award for Academics on that day. It definitely gave me the motivation I need to give it my all for this final stretch. Which reminds me, I had better finish studying the Impact of the Cold war on South Africa!

Keep smiling :)