By Chanoice Jones
My first week back at Seevic was slightly more difficult than expected. Firstly, I had to become accustomed to waking up before 11AM and going to sleep before 1AM! This, as you can expect, made me very disorientated for the first few days…
Moving straight into A2 from AS is a bit of a step up, and you are expected to give 100% effort from the minute you walk through the door. There’s no ‘easing into things’ like last year – but then there’s the bonus that you only do 3 subjects rather than 4 that you do in the first year.
The A-Levels I will be completing this year are Textiles, Photography, and Media. As these are mostly coursework-based, I’ve made sure to get prepared early so that I hit all my deadlines later in the year.
This time last year, I was trying to find my way around the college a little so it has been a bit of an easier transition and more familiar environment this year.
Saying that, being a first year was really good – making new friends that you will have for life and getting to grips with new and exciting lessons.
If you’re just starting out at Seevic, I’ve put a few tips below.
- Complete your summer homework. I can’t even begin to tell you how much this helped me start college. It meant I could get ahead on my coursework while I had a large summer break instead of having to complete it when I was already at college
- Don’t waste too many free periods. If you have a 3 period break, spend at least one of them in The LINC catching up on work. This will guarantee you more free time outside of college
- The jump from GCSE to A-Levels is big so it wouldn’t be beneficial to think you can sail through it as easily. Learn from my mistakes and do as much work as you can – I achieved an A in Geography at GCSE however, at A-Levels, I got a U in the same subject
- Invest in a few pairs of good quality jeans. It might seem simple but transitioning from wearing a uniform every day to wearing casual clothes every day can be difficult. This will ensure you will always have something to wear
- Make as many friends as you can in the first week. It’s more acceptable to start a conversation with a stranger in the first week than it is when you have been in the same class for 8 months and you still do not know their name
- If you can on some of your longer breaks, get lunch somewhere outside of college – Hadleigh, perhaps – a change of scenery can be refreshing and will help your concentration in periods 8 and 9.