Does this scenario sound familiar to you? It is 9pm. You have some work due in tomorrow morning and you haven't made a start. You can feel the adrenalin. Your heart starts pounding. You say to yourself: why have I left it this late?
For those who follow the English educational curriculum, there comes a time known as exam leave. For me, that time comes 21/2 weeks after the beginning of next term, as I prepare for my Pre-Us (an A-Level equivalent). After that point, I will never have to attend lessons again.
This month I attended a conference at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), in Paris, France. The discussion focused on the OECD-led examination, the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa).
I am writing from Kunming, in Yunnan province. Despite safety concerns after the terrorist attack at the train station earlier this month, our class managed to steer clear of danger during the week-long field trip.
University is such a free place, it's important to remember why you chose to be there in the first place, and identify your priorities. No, I'm not trying to scare you, but it really is a bridge between school and going out into the "real world".
Oh hey there! I haven't seen you in a while. I'm good, thanks, and you?
It's human nature to want to belong. Most of us have experienced "moving" at some point in our lives, whether we're switching homes, schools, or even going to another country. The experience can be scary and unpleasant, but with the right attitude, it can be an exciting adventure.
As I started walking, I couldn't help but look back at the boarding house I'd lived in for nearly 4 1/2 years. I knew I wouldn't be gone for long - the second term started on January 8 - but I knew my feelings towards the school would never be the same again. I was off to Oxford University.
Now, at the start of my second semester, I'd like to share a few of my experiences as an architecture student for those who are thinking of studying the subject at university.
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