• Question: did you always like school

    Asked by sebzkn to Andreas, Arianna, Daniel, Gergely, Imogen, Joel, Kanta, Mario, Martin, Mary-Kay, Nayeli, Ophélie, Patrick, Pawan, Priyanka, Raquel, Rohan, Sabina, Sami, Sam, Sarah, Tom on 20 Sep 2017.
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      Sarah Finnegan answered on 20 Sep 2017:


      You know I didn’t! I absolutely hated being told what to do. But when I found topics that I was good at I would really focus on them and would ask a lot of questions!

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      Sam Parsons answered on 20 Sep 2017:


      Definitely not always. Mostly it depended on how interested I was in the subject and how much I ‘clicked’ with the teacher and their teaching style.

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      Imogen Goold answered on 20 Sep 2017:


      I mostly did like school, but I didn’t like having to do things I didn’t find interesting. I HATED physical education, which is funny because when I came to Oxford I discovered rowing and loved it, so going to the most academic place I could think of gave me a love for sport! I loved almost every subject and doing a huge range of things was fun. I think it’s not until you leave that you appreciate how great it is to do all sorts of subjects, be in a class with people all day, be made to read books you wouldn’t have read. Enjoy it while it lasts!

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      Joel Butler answered on 21 Sep 2017:


      I liked school but hated certain subjects and teachers. And as much as I loved certain subjects and wanted to show off to certain teachers, the highlight of my day was always messing about with my mates. Come to think of it, I was probably bored a lot – I can remember pretending to be ill a few because I didn’t fancy going to school and would rather do more interesting things at home!

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      Pawan Kumar answered on 21 Sep 2017:


      Not always! There was time during my bachelor studies where I had to force myself to be in the class but I survived. Overall I liked being in school especially till high school. However, I was always loved at school.

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      Nayeli Gonzalez-Gomez answered on 21 Sep 2017:


      Of course, there were times when I was not very keen on going to school, because of a particular subject, teacher or even classmates… but, overall, I must say that I have always liked school and I was lucky enough to have very good teachers and I have always loved learning new things, that’s true even now, so school was a great place for that reason.

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      Martin Pickup answered on 21 Sep 2017:


      Hmmm, difficult one. I guess it was a mixed bag. I certainly didn’t love every day of school and there were parts that were a pain. But I made lots of good friends (who I still see) and had some great teachers. Although I had good friends I wasn’t super popular, and that was annoying to me at the time. And I was a bit lazy, which some teachers were tough on. But I wouldn’t be here now without the good bits!

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      Mario Collura answered on 21 Sep 2017:


      Generally yes, especially beacuse it was a way to spend time with some of my best friends. Ok, as you can suspect, there was subjectes and courses I really loved… others much less. Anyway, when I think at the period of my life when I was fourteen to eighteen, well it was awesome.

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      Daniel Brown answered on 21 Sep 2017:


      Yes and no. Some subjects I really enjoyed, such as Music, Maths and Science. Some other subjects I didn’t enjoy so much! Often a subject can be made more interesting or fun by a great teacher.

      On reflection, school was a great time as you get to spend the majority of your day with your friends (even if you’re not really supposed to be talking to them).

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      Kanta Dihal answered on 21 Sep 2017:


      There were a few things I didn’t like. PE – glad to see I’m not the only one! Classmates who didn’t like people who got straight As – that got a lot easier when it was time for GCSEs and suddenly everyone needed As. I’ve made a few great friends, though, that I’m still in touch with.

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      Priyanka Dhopade answered on 21 Sep 2017:


      Not everyday! I definitely did not like tests, quizzes, or exams. Also, giving presentations infront of the class. But I liked Maths and Science because they taught me about how things worked in a logical way.

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      Andreas Zoettl answered on 21 Sep 2017:


      Hi,
      I did not always liked school. I sometimes had to learn and practise things I was not interested in, or what was simply hard for me, like English, or any other languages. For a long time I didn’t like science, but Maths I liked, although towards the end of school I was very interested in Physics. Sometimes it was hard to have good relations with other kids in school which, but was OK most of the time.

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      Mary-Kay Thompson answered on 21 Sep 2017:


      I didn’t always like every class, but in general, yes. I really liked practical lab activities where we did experiments in biology and chemistry class, which is one of the things that made me think I might be interested in studying a science at university.

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      Sami Miaari answered on 21 Sep 2017:


      Not always! There was time where I had to force myself to be in the class.

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      Patrick Esser answered on 21 Sep 2017:


      I couldn’t stand school! I used to be troublesome at school. The amount of times I had to report to the schoolhead I cannot even count on 5 hands! Although when I went to University, and I was able to pursue my own interests it all took a turn for the better.

      I do regret having been such a pain in my earlier years, but it also shaped me to who I am today. But please do yourself (and your parents&teachers) a favour: do not follow the example above!

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      Raquel Pinacho answered on 21 Sep 2017:


      It depended a lot on the subject but in general I quite liked school. I enjoyed learning new things and usually asked lots of questions but it was also a chance to see my friends! We didn’t have mobiles or social media back then so it was the only way to see your mates!

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      Ophélie Lebrasseur answered on 21 Sep 2017:


      I have always liked school, yes. Although I was really bad at math, so that subject wasn’t always fun for me. But for the rest, I really enjoyed learning. I always tried to find how what I learned could be applied in my life. For instance, I didn’t really know what learning about radioactivity of isotopes and their half lives would bring me. Funnily enough, one of my A level exam questions was determining the age of Otzi the Iceman based on radiocarbon dating. Turns out that was one of the best exam questions I’ve had and directly related to archaeology.
      I think being surrounded by friends was also a massive bonus point. We were all in the same boat, and I’ve always been lucky to have been in schools where my class was really bonded. That might have been because I was in an international school.

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      Rohan Kapitany answered on 22 Sep 2017:


      School sucked, and I wouldn’t go back if you paid me. This was true mostly for social reasons, though. University was fantastic, and my years in my PhD were the best in my life.

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      Sabina Fiolna answered on 25 Sep 2017:


      Half of my family members work as teachers, so I’ve always been looking at schooling system from a bit different point of view. I felt in my primary school like home and the other way round. Discussions on education are always present among my kin. I was never afraid of teachers (after all, they visited my home from time to time like normal people), though I didn’t like a few of them and I think they could feel it… ahem…
      Because of this outer perspective I could keep some distance to what was happening at school. I knew that the most important thing is that I learn for myself and school is just a tool to do it. Meeting friends was a cool bonus. What I did not like about school is its rigidity and formality. I had problems when I wanted to develop my knowledge in some subjects at the expense of other subjects (e.g. in the middle of a lesson, he, he…). Eventually, I applied for and was successfully granted individual teaching, so I could make my school days more flexible. These were the days!

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