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    Hi, I'm 17 and in my first year of sixth form, I'm taking 4 ASs (it's compulsory in my school, but you drop one when it comes to A2). When I leave I want to do a gap year, most probably as an au pair in America as I don't know whether I want to go to university and if I did, what course I'd study. I love working with kids and have lots of experience in it so this isn't a problem for me. However, lately I've been finding school really difficult but it's not that the work's hard, I just have a constant battle with myself to even come in every day. I'm 18 in September and so have been thinking about just dropping out after doing my ASs and going straight to America, I know it's what I want to do and I feel like I'm going to learn so much more travelling than I ever could sat in a classroom. I just don't want to regret throwing away the opportunity to get A levels when I'm older... I also worry because I go to a private school that I got two scholarships for and a funded place, so if I leave there's not much chance of coming back, and I'd hate to waste this opportunity..

    What should I do?

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    Get your A-Levels then you can do whatever you want! You don't have to go to uni straight out of school, if at all - but getting qualifications under your belt now is what will be best.
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    Hi, I understand that you have some strong feelings about school. I actually had strong feelings about school in my last year too. It was a struggle to make it in and I actually didn't work on any of my coursework until literally days before the deadlines. Looking back I wouldn't say I really enjoyed that year, but that was for various reasons and I'm glad it's done now! Some advice I'd really like to give you is that it is just a finite amount of time (a year and a bit) and then you're done with it for good. I do think it would be harder to get A Levels at any later time (even though it's hard now!). Perhaps you would be best off if you rolled with it for the last stretch, you're just in the last 100 metres after a long cross-country race! It's also good training for putting up with situations that are less than great :\ (or at least that's how I looked on it.)

    Your plan to be an au pair sound really good. : ) It's also great that you have know what you'd like to do! Good luck with it!
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    (Original post by kalryan)
    Hi, I'm 17 and in my first year of sixth form, I'm taking 4 ASs (it's compulsory in my school, but you drop one when it comes to A2). When I leave I want to do a gap year, most probably as an au pair in America as I don't know whether I want to go to university and if I did, what course I'd study. I love working with kids and have lots of experience in it so this isn't a problem for me. However, lately I've been finding school really difficult but it's not that the work's hard, I just have a constant battle with myself to even come in every day. I'm 18 in September and so have been thinking about just dropping out after doing my ASs and going straight to America, I know it's what I want to do and I feel like I'm going to learn so much more travelling than I ever could sat in a classroom. I just don't want to regret throwing away the opportunity to get A levels when I'm older... I also worry because I go to a private school that I got two scholarships for and a funded place, so if I leave there's not much chance of coming back, and I'd hate to waste this opportunity..

    What should I do?

    Sorry for the long/whiny post
    No! Please don't drop out of Sixth Form now. If you do you will realise the value of A levels and you will regret dropping out when your older. I understand that it can be a pain to get up every morning to go school, I feel like this nearly everyday. However, you just have to realise that if you just get through these 2 years of study, you can decide to do whatever you want with your life and you will feel lot better about yourself. Also during your gap year in America you may find out what you want to study at university and then come back to the UK to apply for university or which ever university you want to go to. Just please don't drop out now, your A level grades will your ticket for a better future. You should stick a massive poster of amazing sceneries of America on your wall to motivate you to get up every morning to go to school. Tell yourself that if you don't get through these 2 years (1 and a half to be exact) of study you will not be able to go to America. That should keep you motivated throughout your A level study. Never give up!
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    (Original post by kalryan)
    Hi, I'm 17 and in my first year of sixth form, I'm taking 4 ASs (it's compulsory in my school, but you drop one when it comes to A2). When I leave I want to do a gap year, most probably as an au pair in America as I don't know whether I want to go to university and if I did, what course I'd study. I love working with kids and have lots of experience in it so this isn't a problem for me. However, lately I've been finding school really difficult but it's not that the work's hard, I just have a constant battle with myself to even come in every day. I'm 18 in September and so have been thinking about just dropping out after doing my ASs and going straight to America, I know it's what I want to do and I feel like I'm going to learn so much more travelling than I ever could sat in a classroom. I just don't want to regret throwing away the opportunity to get A levels when I'm older... I also worry because I go to a private school that I got two scholarships for and a funded place, so if I leave there's not much chance of coming back, and I'd hate to waste this opportunity..

    What should I do?

    Sorry for the long/whiny post
    Do you qualify for being an au pair? You have to meet J-1 Visa requirements for this and many people wanting to do this do not realise these.
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    (Original post by kalryan)
    Hi, I'm 17 and in my first year of sixth form, I'm taking 4 ASs (it's compulsory in my school, but you drop one when it comes to A2). When I leave I want to do a gap year, most probably as an au pair in America as I don't know whether I want to go to university and if I did, what course I'd study. I love working with kids and have lots of experience in it so this isn't a problem for me. However, lately I've been finding school really difficult but it's not that the work's hard, I just have a constant battle with myself to even come in every day. I'm 18 in September and so have been thinking about just dropping out after doing my ASs and going straight to America, I know it's what I want to do and I feel like I'm going to learn so much more travelling than I ever could sat in a classroom. I just don't want to regret throwing away the opportunity to get A levels when I'm older... I also worry because I go to a private school that I got two scholarships for and a funded place, so if I leave there's not much chance of coming back, and I'd hate to waste this opportunity..

    What should I do?

    Sorry for the long/whiny post
    I sympathise with you but it's better to have the bit of paper than not if you get those A2's at least you'll have the option to go to uni which you might not have without them.
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    Get your A-Levels then you can do whatever you want! You don't have to go to uni straight out of school, if at all - but getting qualifications under your belt now is what will be best.
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    Just stay in school, you can't try to run away from every obstacle like "oh it's hard" :| just get on with the work, get some qualifications and then do whatever the hell you want
 
 
 
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