3# Rant of the week

It feels like it’s been a lot longer than a week since my last rant.. this week I’m ranting about education, again. The academic year below me, which is year twelve I think, are the first of students to be affected by the new changes in education, which is that students must stay within education until they are eighteen now. So that could be college, sixth form, an apprenticeship or employment that has a proper training scheme. I’m not bothered by the fact that the changes didn’t effect me, I chose to stay in education anyway. But that’s the thing, I chose to. This means that all of the years below me didn’t get to make that choice, only the choice of where they want to go. And this is what I have a problem with.

When I was leaving school I was scared of what would happen next, but I was also so excited to start college at the same time. In school, I had always found it irritating when you get those people in the class who ruin the lesson for everyone else because of their misbehaving (yes I know, call me a keener), but I was most looking forward to the maturity at college, where this wouldn’t happen anywhere near as much. And my expectations were fulfilled, I didn’t have to put up with those annoying people in the class. However now that the choice to stay in education or not has been taken away, the new year group in college is full of those annoying people! I get it, sometimes we don’t want to do anything, or we’re bored, but that doesn’t mean that you have to ruin it for everyone else!

College actually feels like school again now. And I liked college, I didn’t like school.

2# Rant of the week

Why is it that no matter what mobile phone company you go with, you always have problems?

My rant this week is all about the lovely company Virgin Media. At home we have the TV, internet and landline with them, and my mobile phone contract is with them aswell. When my phone contract first started, it was (almost) absolutely fine. But in the last 6 months, they have gotten every single phone bill wrong. The first time I noticed it, it said on the ‘my account’ page that I had apparently made phonecalls/texts to an American mobile number! I don’t even know anyone in America that I could text or ring. It’s ridiculous, and they were trying to charge me for it. The second time it happened, it said on the bill that I had apparently ran up almost ¬£10 worth of phonecalls with numerous different 08 numbers!? Considering I’m only a college student and the only people I contact on my phone are my friends and family, I don’t even know how they think I’ve done that. After these first two times, I rang them up to get the charges taken off. Fair enough, the man on the phone did apologise and they did take it off, but it still shouldn’t have happened in the first place, let alone twice!

The next months phone bill comes through, and they’ve messed it up again. This time in a different way though. Because I have the TV and everything else with them, my phonebill is discounted. But they didn’t take the discount off, making the bill twice as expensive as what it normally is! Yet again, I rang them up, and again, they did sort it, but I really don’t think that’s the point. I shouldn’t have to ring up every single month to get the bill corrected. Every single month since up until now they have not taken the discount off, and I have had to ring up to get them to manually do it! Why can’t they just sort it out so that it doesn’t happen anymore?

I would just leave them when my contract ends (which isn’t that long now), but if I do then I won’t get the same discounts that I get now. Bummer. It’s so horrible aswell having to try and explain to my mum that I haven’t actually gone over every month, she freaks out and thinks that I have, probably because when I was younger I did actually used to go over the contract all the time. But I don’t anymore!

So please Virgin Media, SORT IT OUT!

Has education really done me any good?

Of course it has. Well, sort of. Yeah okay, when I do eventually finish education¬†I will be in a better position in terms of getting the job I want, but I actually think that my whole journey of education has done more bad than good. I miss the days when I was much younger and I believed that the world was an amazing place where you can be who you want to be, and do what you want to do. I genuinely thought that 99% of the world was good, and that only 1% of the world were ‘badies’. Couldn’t I have been left to believe that? No. Education had to come along and ruin what I once believed to be true, ¬†and replace it with fear, pressure and ‘suggestions’ (I say suggestions because in so many subjects, the things we have been discussing haven’t always been proved true).

I want to go back. I don’t want to know about how messed up the world is. I don’t want to see how many people have died due to other people’s faults, and I definitely don’t want to be exposed to the constant reminder than its only going to get worse! ¬†I would much rather remain naive to it all.

Growing up never used to scare me. I couldn’t wait to have my own house and go to loads of other countries and to pursue a career. Now I wanna run back through time to when the biggest problem I had was¬†what plastic food I should cook in my plastic oven. But even that’s not as innocent as I thought it was, in college we have been looking at feminism, and one of the massive arguments they put across – the sexualisation¬†of young children. The stereotypes of what gender you are is spoon fed from birth. I was always aware of things such as girls clothes being pink and boys clothes being blue, but it actually wasn’t until I started to pay attention to it that I realised its so¬†much more than that! The products for children go hand in hand with the media that is made for them, for example retailers selling children’s¬†toys have princess dresses, small make-up sets, things with fairy’s, toys related to cooking/cleaning. The movies for children (in particular, Disney films) all show women doing/using the same things that the toys encourage, such as Disney princesses cleaning, cooking, and being passive. Boys have loads of toys to do with fighting, action and working, such as toy guns, trains, police/cowboy sets. And in the movies for boys, the men are always presented as heroes, as hardworking, as ready to fight. No wonder we live in a society where there is still inequality.

Do the things we need in life have to get any more expensive? How are young people actually supposed to make a life for themselves anymore? I’m terrified for when the time comes when I am buying a property. I’m not going to be able to have a house anywhere near as nice as my parents first house. And mine will probably cost twice as much. I still can’t even drive yet, and I’m constantly thinking whether there’s any point! Car insurance is ridiculous. How can it be nearly ¬£3000 for me, and less than ¬£100 for my mum, for the year, even if I bought a car that should technically be less on insurance. I partially understand that many young people on the road are irresponsible, however I think that they should re-think how they do insurance. Instead of making all young people’s insurance so expensive, they should make it normal in comparison to insurance for other ages. If a young person were to have an accident (whether it was because they were being irresponsible or not), the insurance should then be increased accordingly. Not only would this make it fairer for young people who are responsible, which I believe is the majority, but it would also encourage those who might not normally be as responsible to drive more carefully, otherwise they will have to pay more!

Anyway, I’m going to stop now. This is starting to turn into a rant instead!

1# Rant of the week

It seemed necessary to start doing a rant of the week on a Monday. Everybody hates this day. I decided that this week I am going to rant about the numerous changes that have been made to A-Levels. I know that many people support the changes that have been made, but personally I really hate what has been changed!

First of all, they scrapped January exams. This really ticked me off because on the actual petition/government website they said that a major reason for removing the January exams was because students were doing ‘tactical resitting’. And yeah, I agree with that as I have seen people thinking “it’s alright if I don’t do that well this time, I can resit it”. However I have never done this, and I’m sure there are many other people who don’t do that either! I loved having January exams because for me, it meant that half way through the year I could have a clear understanding of what level I was working at, and I could also then easily see what I needed to do in order to achieve the grade I wanted. Now, I’m just going to have to wait until the summer exams, do them, and hope that it’s enough for the grades I want. I think have exams twice in the year did make it a bit easier, but not the actual A-Level, it simply made getting the grade you want easier. And why couldn’t the changes have been made when it would only effect the new starting students?

Another change that has been made which I really don’t welcome is the changes the exam board made to my Communication and Culture course. Originally, we had to produce a ‘creative presentation’ such as a video which had to be about ten minutes long, and include the key theories we’d covered as well as a cultural aspect (which for us this year, is a song). HALF WAY THROUGH the academic year we find out that this has been changed, and that now it only has to be around five minutes long, and that it has to be more creative than last specified. Our teacher suggested a song, dance or poem. You have got to be kidding me, right? I can’t sing, dance or write poems. I was perfectly happy producing a video, but now that’s apparently not creative enough. Just like I said above, if they were going to make these changes then they could have at least done it at the start of the year. I understand that a lot of people would prefer this, but I already had some pretty cool ideas on what I was going to do and now I can’t use those ideas.

College sucks!

Why I decided to start to a blog..

There are many reasons why I decided to start my own blog.. first of all, boredom.

I am constantly searching for something to occupy my time (or help me avoid doing my college work!), and I have looked at so many different things now. Sewing, scrapbooking, and learning an instrument, just to name a view. But there’s one problem I’ve had with all of those things that I have tried – I suck at them. I can’t do it. I get frustrated, I look online for help, and only end up seeing amazing things that people have done which leaves me thinking “why can’t I do that?” or “am I the only person in the world who doesn’t have some sort of skill or talent?”.

And thus, I have ended up here. It’s quite hard to start a blog, isn’t it? I thought it would be easy, but there’s so many platforms to choose from, and so many things to customise. To be honest, I still don’t understand it. Oh well.

A few weeks ago I tried to start writing a diary. I did manage to write something inside it everyday, but the majority of the time it was pointless waffle. Writing a diary is so demanding. Just being able to see the physical size of the page was something that really bothered me – it made me feel like I had to fill the whole page every time. Then there was also the problem of forgetting to write something for the day, which made my diary look scruffy and disorganised. So I decided. The demands of a diary are too much for me.

There will be no structure to this blog, no specific point of focus. I think I will have some random thoughts, maybe a rant a week, and a great idea I thought of earlier – what I would write in a letter to someone if I had the chance. Hopefully in doing this, my time will be filled, and an audience somewhere might have something they enjoy reading!