I didn’t have an awful time at school, there were times when I didn’t want the day to end, where I laughed so hard with my friends that my stomach hurt and I couldn’t wait to see them again, where we’d had a brilliant lesson and I felt so inspired! But, like many people have, there were times when it all got too much for me and I’d come home crying, days I didn’t want to get out of bed to go, times I was actually scared to go… below are my reasons behind those terrible dark days.
- Bullies – I got bullied badly at school for having ginger hair and freckles. I’d be called names and people would refer to my freckles as “spots” it was hurtful and now unfortunately with social media so accessible, young children are being bullied all the time and it seems even worse than ever before!
- School dinners – I never enjoyed school dinners but my mum wanted me to have them while I was younger, it wasn’t until I got to secondary school (age 11/12-16) that I was able to take a pack lunch.
- P.E – I wasn’t and still am not a very active person, I hated running, hated cross country and just felt ashamed of myself when I couldn’t keep up with my friends.
- Cliques – not such an issue in primary school (up to age 11) but once I hit secondary school I felt like I didn’t fit in with the same people I used to be friends with anymore and I was left out a lot.
- Homework – again secondary school was worse, I think that being at school for the majority of the day is enough. How can you be expected to take part in extra curricular activities, as well as seeing your family and getting a good nights sleep if you’ve got 2+ hours of homework each night? It’s ridiculous!
- Extra curricular activities – I was told lots of times that I needed hobbies to put on my CV, so that I looked appealing to college/uni/employers. I was made to feel “not good enough” because I didn’t dance, I didn’t play netball or horse ride! The truth is it actually doesn’t matter. I got my place in college and I’ve managed to bag 4 different jobs! I still don’t dance, play netball or horse ride! I read books, I enjoy socialising and I write a blog.
- Career talks! – How on earth at age 14-16 are you supposed to know what you want to do for a career for the rest of your life? I remember lots of people giving ideas of what they wanted to be and I felt so upset and pressured into “choosing” a career path overnight, I looked into so many different options but never settled on anything, I still haven’t really and I’m now 20.
- Uniform rules – I quite enjoyed wearing a uniform to school, it meant everyone was equal and we looked smart. However I really never did and still don’t understand how rules like “no painted nails” “top button done and tie up to the top” “no jewellery” “no bright hair” affect your education. My teachers were too busy checking that your bloody top button was fastened and your tie had 6 stripes on it, that our actual education was on the verge of suffering!
So there’s my 8 reasons! I’d love to know some of yours!!