- To fully adjust to living away from home when I go to boarding school. To cope being an independent person without the constant worry for my family.
- To encourage other local teenagers to participate in the elections for the Young Essex Assembly, in preparation for the end of my term of office in December 2008. As well as making a positive contribution to the running of the Braintree District Youth Council of which I am a current member.
- To continue with local charity work with teenagers and children.
- To act as a positive role model for other teenagers, and endorse those nominated for the Young Person of the Year Award 2008.
- To continue my contribution as Director of Fresh Voice magazine, to ensure the views of young people can be heard across the Braintree District.
- To spend quality time with my father who is severely disabled with Multiple Sclerosis.
- To make the most of facilities and opportunities when I attend Felsted Boarding School in September 2008.
- To further my love of performing arts.
- To enhance my involvement in cultural diversity, this was inspired through my recent participation in an exchange trip to South Africa with Essex’s Youth Services.
Hey, so I’m Nicolette, 16 and I’m Junior Young Person of the year in Essex. I’m taking a huge step over the next year, leaving my family to go to boarding school to do my A/S Levels. My life revolves around supporting my amazing mates, my community, in youth schemes and councils, fund raising for charity, and my family, all the things I love. Life’s always been a little tricky as Dad has Multiple Sclerosis, but my family copes somehow. It scares me leaving him and my family, but I’m passing responsibility on to my sister Isabel, who I have total faith in. So now I’m concentrating on setting myself up for a new beginning, somewhere completely different and making the most of new opportunities, but at the same time remembering the most important things in my life, my family and my friends. This means a new start and new freedom - so watch this space.
Final Update: 16/09/2009
Life After Year Dot
Saying goodbye to Yeardot was really hard..and seeing it on television the other day just reminded me what a great bunch i've got to know over the past year..and how i'm going to miss all their exciting lives being shown online. But life has to move on, and i know change is always for the best..even if it doesnt seem it at the time..
The summer was a busy one for me, although i went away with my boyfriend and then on a family holiday to Egypt (which was lovely!) i was also busy reading, wider reading that is, for my Personal Statement, and mostly for an interview at Cambridge Uni (if i even get that far)..It scares me how much there is to learn about theology..and how i'm just touching the surface of it all..but its very exciting and i can't wait to get to know more about the suject.
I also learnt alot about myself over the summer, having time to myself and going out with my boyfriend and his friends really boosted my confidence..last year at Felsted, i honestly think i lost confidence. I was on my own in a new school, with different settings, everyone there knew each other, and i was alone. And spent alot of the year with my head in books because everyone else knew what they were doing and were quite happy just getting on with things. I really missed my old friends and my boyfriend...and over the summer, i've realised how much we've all changed..and i've grown seperate to them..thats quite a scary thing for me since we were always so close. But still it was fun catching up, even though at times it scared me how much people were growing up around me..without me.
I got my results too, for my A/S levels..and i really needed good grades for Cambridge, to make a good impression on my UCAS application. I got an A in RS..with one module at 98%..I got an A in Psychology :) , a B in History (one mark off an A) and a B in English (5 marks of an A). For me that was a great basis for my A Level results. I'm planing to take resits in each subject to get me the best results i can at A2. And now i've written my personal statement, its all getting very scary! But i'm excited about it..like an adventure :)
But i've only been back at school for a week now, and there have already been huge changes..I started off by changing to the Upper Sixth Girls House Garnetts..and it really wasn't for me..i was a full time boarder last year, but i didn't enjoy it, i felt very alone and didn't really have the support network i needed to stop me falling into negative states of mind..so i decided to put an end to it..This week i've moved to Manor, the Girls day house..it means i get the school bus to school everyday..so i can come home in the evening. My new house at the school is lovely, the people are amazing and really welcoming, and its quiet enough to concerntrate. I love it there! And thats what matters..this year is important A2's mean alot to get into Uni..I've been predicted A*AA, which gives me a good chance to get into a good uni..so its all hard work from here..
If anyone has any advise on how to make a good UCAS entry or any advise on certain Uni's. Then get in contact! I really want to here from you!
Much Love x
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