• Question: did you have trouble at school?

    Asked by jazz360ear to Valerio, Sreejita, Sam, Kate, Anastasia, Adam on 8 Nov 2019. This question was also asked by xray360ear.
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      Sreejita Ghosh answered on 8 Nov 2019: last edited 10 Nov 2019 5:05 pm


      I did on different occasions and for different weird reasons. Mostly I avoided PE because I hated the drills and marching (I am a lazy person). When I got caught hiding in the washroom I would get in to trouble with the class-teacher and the PE teacher.
      There was Biology teacher I did not like at all even though I enjoyed the subject Biology itself. So I tried crawling out of the classroom from the open door closest to me to escape the ‘torture’ and TADA! I was found by our English teacher who brought me face to face with the Biology teacher and complained to our class-teacher about me.
      The other trouble I had was with bullies in my school. Often before exam times my notebooks would disappear and appear in the least expected places. In India the competition was quite brutal, and as a nerd I got bullied quite often.
      But the significant hurdle was my secondary school Physics teacher. She made Physics a horror for me. She had a weird set of rules and shouted too often. Back in the days I was a soft-spoken and extremely shy person and when she picked on me I would lose all my confidence and be petrified (even have brain freezes). She was my biggest bully. There was a time when I wanted to leave Physics altogether just because I was terrified of her (she was a real Prof. Umbridge I tell you!). But I am glad I somehow carried on. During my GCSE equivalent I knew I would not have to see her ever again and I would be going to a different school during high school years. So I fought my fears and wrote the exam, and actually did pretty well (94 out of 100). But in high school there was another scary Physics teacher yet again, though she was not as mean as the first one. So my fear started reducing. When I was doing my Bachelors in engineering I had to study Physics by myself, and then I fell in love with the subject again (after 5years for being terrified of it thanks to real-life examples of Dolores Umbridge).

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      Kate Winfield answered on 11 Nov 2019:


      School was quite hard for me in the end. I was never in trouble, but there was a lot of bullying. I was never clever I always had to work hard for my grades and was constantly called a ‘teachers pet’. Still to this day I don’t know why I was picked on, I had my stuff graffitied and I even remember someone writing on my blazer. I actually found that university was my best part of education as no-one judged and everybody got along. It is where I have made my life long friends. I think there is so much pressure now at school that kids will pick on anything.

      I also managed to be in a class at school where kids would mess around and found it hard to concentrate. The most annoying thing was that in science the behaviour got so bad they banned us from science experiments! I hated this moment so got my parents to complain and move me to a different class.

      With all this said there was quite a lot of good moments at school like school trips, DofE, extra circular groups, prom and getting my GCSE results 🙂 You only go to school once in your life so just try to make the most of all the opportunities and enjoy it 🙂

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      Anastasia Aliferi answered on 11 Nov 2019:


      Officially I never got in trouble, but I received several warnings for mouthing off at teachers, especially when I thought they were being unfair. I also kept helping out my friends during science exams, which was not appreciated by the teachers I’m afraid!

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      Adam Wootton answered on 11 Nov 2019:


      My Dad was the Deputy Head at my high school, so I didn’t dare do anything to get into trouble!

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