Dear Year 11

If you live in England then you will probably know that today was GCSE results day. I got to collect the results of tests that could determine my future, the results to tests that I have been working towards for 2 years. So, I am now the proud owner of 12 GCSEs and one AS, I thought I would leave some of the things I have learnt this year.

Dear Year 11,

This could potentially be your last year at school, so make it count.  Enjoy yourself, go to parties and make new friends. That’s a part of growing up and shouldn’t be put on hold just because the government says it’s time to determine what you do for the rest of your life.

Do not take school for granted. You will miss the ease of having everything laid out for you, the relaxation of having your immediate future planned. Trust me, when you have finished your exams everything will get a lot more real. I’m currently looking for a job and not looking forward to starting A levels.

However, it isn’t entirely scary either. Look forward to starting a new and exciting chapter of your life.

This year will be hard. Take time to relax. (Note: this is not the same as going to parties.) Make sure you have some down time scheduled in. Watch some TV or play a sport. It’s amazing how much better you will work if you give your brain some time to sleep.

Make sure you drink a lot of water. There’s nothing worse about waking up with an awful head ache and feeling like you can’t face revision. Eat food, don’t worry about being completely healthy, some times you just need some chocolate to give your brain a boost.

The most important thing is to sleep. I know tumblr is a lot more interesting, but lets face it, there will be plenty of time to blog about Tom Hiddleston and Felicia Day (I know this from experience) when you have an extra long summer holiday.

That being said, do not slack off on your work. People say that GCSE results don’t matter, but it still sucks to fail a test and at the end of the day, all qualifications are good qualifications.

Don’t expect the worst. If you try your best then you can always achieve something. If you don’t get what you hope for, then find another way. Retake the exam, join a college course or apply for an apprenticeship.

You are not rubbish at something just because you failed an exam. Peoples brains work differently, maybe you learn better working with practical activities.

 

The most important thing anyone could tell you is to believe in yourself. There are always people to ask for help, most of them would prefer it if you did. Teachers are there to help you and push you in the right direction, if you work with them then you will be unstoppable.

 

Good Luck,

Erin

 

 

Top 5: Dystopian Novels/Series

Every one knows that I love dystopian fiction. I jumped on the bandwagon with The Hunger Games and never left. I’d thought I’d leave a list of my top 5 favourite series/novels that I have read so far.

the murder complex

The Murder Complex is by far one of the best books I have ever read. It is fast paced and extremely bloody. Lindsay Cummings did not spare on the gore and that is what makes this books so perfect.

divergent

I didn’t want to read this first of all, I was kind of afraid it was going to do the same thing as The Hunger Games. I was wrong. I really love the setting for this series, along with the strong and diverse characters. I didn’t cry when I finished the last book, but that was mostly because someone had already spoiled the ending for me.

the maze runner

I read this whole series in 3 days. I really enjoyed it because I had no idea what was going to happen. The plot twists were so dramatic and fast paced that I felt like I was in the story. This is a book that I am actually excited that they are turning it into a film. Let’s just hope that it turns out more like Catching Fire, than The Hunger Games.

gone

The covers of this series are almost as beautiful as the actual story. I never finished this series, but from what I did read I was obsessed. I actually had nightmares about this happening to me. I’d like to thank the random woman in the book shop who recommended this to me and my mum. This was one of the first books that I cried at, and I mean actual sobs. I really hope the last few books in the series are as good as the first few.

Uglies - New UK Cover

Uglies is one of my all time favorite series. The concept was so interesting and engaging. I managed to get the first 3 books for a bargain and read them in under a week. If you’re looking for teenage drama mixed with action packed adventure, then look no further.

What are your favourite dystopian novels?

Erin

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London Adventures #3

LFCC and Rainbow Rowell

I’m known for being a bit of a nerd. I don’t deny it. One of the things I enjoy the most is visiting conventions. We have a bi-annual convention near us in Milton Keynes that I visit regularly. However, I recently visited London Film and Comic Con. This one was extra special because as well as being a comic convention, it was also the UK’s first Young Adult Literature convention. (Think BEA on a slightly smaller scale.)

Myself and a few of my friends dressed up for the event. I wouldn’t call it cosplay exactly because the costumes were kind of casual. However, I did have an excellent time. I’d heard the horror stories from the Saturday of people waiting for up to 6 hours in the queue outside with no shade. It was luckily quite different for us. We were inside within 5 minutes as we had pre-booked tickets. It was certainly busy, but not so busy that I was crushed.

Chilling with Anna

Chilling with Anna

We didn’t actually spend that much time in the book section, mainly because there was so much to look at. I extremely enjoyed looking at all the cosplayers, especially the girls dressed up as Daenerys. The stalls were interesting and the people running the stalls were especially nice. Shout out to the man who had a mermaid costume already in his cupboard and wore it because it was the coolest thing he owned. He had also covered himself in body glitter.

We ended up going home at about 5 o’clock because it was quite busy and my feet hurt so bad. The best thing about the day was getting to spend time with people who I have met at various fan events before that I wouldn’t know other wise. Conventions have a huge sense of community and that’s one of the reasons I enjoy going.

The Tuesday afterwards brought round more fun. I was lucky enough to bag tickets to a Rainbow Rowell book signing. Rainbow writes bestselling novels, including Fangirl and Eleanor & Park.  We went to London around lunch time so we could squeeze in some last-minute comic shopping and then made our way to Waterstones Piccadilly.

Rainbow and Myself

Rainbow and Myself

We got there about an hour early, so we bought a copy of Landline and got front row seats. We also made friends with a lovely girl called Lily who was there by herself. Rainbow was being interviewed by a fellow blogger and self-confessed Fangirl Bim AdewunmiBoth ladies were extremely funny and I enjoyed my self immensely.

We then got the chance to get our booked signed. I got my copies of Landline and Fangirl personalised. Rainbow was very lovely, she complimented me on my hair and I got to take a picture with her.

Over all I had a great few days, especially since the book signing cost under 5 pounds. I can’t wait until the next convention! What are some of your favorite nerdy things to do?

Erin

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London Adventures #2

Richard III and McBusted

One of my favorite things about going up to London is the large amount of activities that are available to do. I particularly enjoy going to the theater. I have been trying to understand and enjoy Shakespeare a little bit more recently and have found the best way to do this is to visit productions of various plays. I was lucky enough to bag front row tickets to Richard III with Martin Freeman.

I was a little bit apprehensive about going. The play was a history and I was worried it was going to be incredibly dry. I was totally wrong. Martin Freeman played Richard III with a kind of psychopathic personality and the character was hilarious in an evil sort of way. It was an extremely bloody play, with the front couple of rows being given spare shirts to put on in case of spatters. I was safe from it, however my brother got a little bit on his trousers. If you are into Shakespeare and can find tickets (because they are extremely popular) I really urge you to go.

Front Row, HELL YEAH!

Front Row, HELL YEAH!

The day after, my family traveled up to London again to attend the British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park. It was extremely hot when we got there, although by the evening it was pouring with rain.

That didn’t stop me from having a good time. The bands playing were interesting. I’m not particularly a fan of The Backstreet Boys or The Vamps, but I enjoyed watching them. Scouting for Girls made me feel like I was back in middle school when they were really popular and I was quite surprised that I actually remembered most of the words to their songs.

Fireworks!

Fireworks!

The best part was definitely McBusted. I can still remember the day that Busted announced they were splitting up, so this was a childhood dream come true. I think I might have slightly damaged my vocal cords with all the singing that I was doing. We had an excellent view of the main stage, although we were a little far back. The biggest surprise was when McBusted came running through the crowd and played on a smaller stage, right in front of where we were standing!

I was exhausted by the end of the day. My dad had managed to catch one of the T-Shirts that had been fired into the crowd (advantages of having a 6 foot 6 Father), so I went home extremely happy.

I definitely didn’t let the rain get me down and the whole experience turned into one of the best days of my life. Seeing Richard III made the weekend extra special. What are your favourite things to do with your family?

Erin

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