As I venture further into my AS year, I find that all of my previously unoccupied time has been taken up by the fiend of all students. Homework. It is a massive task to fit in my skiing and surfing, whilst juggling my work, volunteering and vast amounts of homework. Some aspects of my life were bound to be found lacking, and I’m afraid to say this is one of those areas. However my life is progressing, and there have been developments.
In school, I am undertaking the task of writing a mini-dissertation, outlining the effects of alcoholism on young people, how it affects them into later life and the impact this has upon the NHS. Regarding this, I am making some progress. I think. I spent my parents evening giving out surveys on the topic of alcohol and young people. Suffice to say, the looks I received, when I asked about people’s first time drinking, were satisfying enough to render the whole endeavour worthwhile, even if I received a collection of lies back from my unwitting sample pool. I have also interviewed many different people, from professors, to the health minister for Wales. It is very interesting work, and I am really happy that it has provided an opportunity, to find out more about afflictions that I see in people my age, as-well as identifying who needs help, and how it could be delivered.
I have one Red Cross session left before I am a fully fledged red cross volunteer! I feel as though, due to the vast amount of time it has taken me to get to this point, it will be a rewarding and worthwhile post. Hopefully.
My teaching is still one of the most rewarding things I do. It is the best job I could have at the moment; the opportunity to build a connection with these children, as-well as teaching them to swim, is one that I value very highly. I find that my communication skills are becoming more flexible as I become more experienced, and dealing with both parents and children of different abilities and capacities for learning, while still trying to act professionally, is something that I have had to master. In short, I think I’m getting better at building trust much more quickly with those I teach, however I’m not sure if this is due to my improving social skills, or my worryingly in-depth knowledge of “Frozen.”
To conclude my ramblings, although my work load is growing rapidly, I think I am learning to manage my time and adapt to my busier schedule, more out of necessity than anything else. I’m sorry for massive gap in posts, but as I’ve said, recently I have been drowning in biology handouts. Don’t worry though, it’s all fine. I am a lifeguard, after all.