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Why did I take Maths? I see no motivation in doing it. I could have taken Spanish and Philosophy instead! Whyyyyy. I am an idiot. It's so boring. I initially took further maths as well but changed it to single. I am dying on the inside. I have ruined my future and my intellectual development is stunted. No essay subjects. No more pursuing what I love: language, philosophy and science (apart from the last one). It is too late now to change. I don't like self-teaching myself- I tried that with physics and Russian. I need a teacher to help me and students to talk to. Aaaargh.

I'm taking Biology, Chemistry and Maths. I was afraid of somehow appearing less capable/smart if I didn't take maths. The careers advisers all pressured me to take maths -"not enough girls go into stem careers". At the time I thought of going into science. If I was free, I would want to study religion/theology with language, and then go and study medicine. But I have ruined it.

I picked A-levels out of fear. 'Spanish isn't useful', 'philosophy is boring and essay writing isn't for you', 'you shouldn't mix arts and sciences', 'you are good at maths, it's an easy A*', 'you should focus on 3 and get the best possible grades'. What is easy isn't necessarily the best option. I have so many regrets.
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Dont worry too much, i chose triple science at gcse level because i thought that would make me appear smarter when irl i hate science. I am in year 13 taking biology and hate every second of it. ineed to apply to uni very soon but my predicted grades are BCE which is 88 points which is incredibly low for any uni. i am so upset but its so so hard to find motivation. Maybe just try and persue it until the end? i know its so so hard but our education system is terrible i think and it drives so many students into despair, but sadly not a lot can be done. Try and find some things you like about maths maybe?
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Dont worry too much, i chose triple science at gcse level because i thought that would make me appear smarter when irl i hate science. I am in year 13 taking biology and hate every second of it. ineed to apply to uni very soon but my predicted grades are BCE which is 88 points which is incredibly low for any uni. i am so upset but its so so hard to find motivation. Maybe just try and persue it until the end? i know its so so hard but our education system is terrible i think and it drives so many students into despair, but sadly not a lot can be done. Try and find some things you like about maths maybe?
I'm sorry to hear about your situation! I'm feeling better to know I can relate to you.
I think our education system forces us to specialise too early. There is no stage where we can spend time exploring and questioning ourselves and what we love, without the fear of judgement and exams. Fresh out of GCSEs, 16 is too young to choose the courses that will lead you on to University and your future career. Also, I feel like 3 courses is not enough to develop yourself and gain a better understanding of the world.

Btw, what subjects are you taking?
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I'm sorry to hear about your situation! I'm feeling better to know I can relate to you.
I think our education system forces us to specialise too early. There is no stage where we can spend time exploring and questioning ourselves and what we love, without the fear of judgement and exams. Fresh out of GCSEs, 16 is too young to choose the courses that will lead you on to University and your future career. Also, I feel like 3 courses is not enough to develop yourself and gain a better understanding of the world.

Btw, what subjects are you taking?
I agree!! its so stressful i am only 18 why should i feel this way
im taking psychology, english literature and biology
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Why did I take Maths? I see no motivation in doing it. I could have taken Spanish and Philosophy instead! Whyyyyy. I am an idiot. It's so boring. I initially took further maths as well but changed it to single. I am dying on the inside. I have ruined my future and my intellectual development is stunted. No essay subjects. No more pursuing what I love: language, philosophy and science (apart from the last one). It is too late now to change. I don't like self-teaching myself- I tried that with physics and Russian. I need a teacher to help me and students to talk to. Aaaargh.

I'm taking Biology, Chemistry and Maths. I was afraid of somehow appearing less capable/smart if I didn't take maths. The careers advisers all pressured me to take maths -"not enough girls go into stem careers". At the time I thought of going into science. If I was free, I would want to study religion/theology with language, and then go and study medicine. But I have ruined it.

I picked A-levels out of fear. 'Spanish isn't useful', 'philosophy is boring and essay writing isn't for you', 'you shouldn't mix arts and sciences', 'you are good at maths, it's an easy A*', 'you should focus on 3 and get the best possible grades'. What is easy isn't necessarily the best option. I have so many regrets.
It probably is too late to change but I would make an appointment with your head of sixth form to discuss how you feel. Some people restart Year 12 if they really feel strongly that they chose the wrong A levels.
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Why did I take Maths? I see no motivation in doing it. I could have taken Spanish and Philosophy instead! Whyyyyy. I am an idiot. It's so boring. I initially took further maths as well but changed it to single. I am dying on the inside. I have ruined my future and my intellectual development is stunted. No essay subjects. No more pursuing what I love: language, philosophy and science (apart from the last one). It is too late now to change. I don't like self-teaching myself- I tried that with physics and Russian. I need a teacher to help me and students to talk to. Aaaargh.

I'm taking Biology, Chemistry and Maths. I was afraid of somehow appearing less capable/smart if I didn't take maths. The careers advisers all pressured me to take maths -"not enough girls go into stem careers". At the time I thought of going into science. If I was free, I would want to study religion/theology with language, and then go and study medicine. But I have ruined it.

I picked A-levels out of fear. 'Spanish isn't useful', 'philosophy is boring and essay writing isn't for you', 'you shouldn't mix arts and sciences', 'you are good at maths, it's an easy A*', 'you should focus on 3 and get the best possible grades'. What is easy isn't necessarily the best option. I have so many regrets.
Well its not as bad as it seems.

You can always drop out & restart A-levels next September (ok so you fall 1 year behind, its really not that big a deal).

This is the problem with the relentless push for women in STEM (im all for it, but pressuring people who arent really interested in Maths is a net negative for the students & STEM).

That said, maths i really really great subject, & calculus is everything (seriously, its the reason behind everything humans have done over the last 300 years). And its a really great skill to have & its a shame in the UK we dont learn it till A-levels (and imo starts to broaden your mind). So whatever you decide it will be fine, stick with it, or drop out & restart, YOU WILL BE FINE!
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Why did I take Maths? I see no motivation in doing it. I could have taken Spanish and Philosophy instead! Whyyyyy. I am an idiot. It's so boring. I initially took further maths as well but changed it to single. I am dying on the inside. I have ruined my future and my intellectual development is stunted. No essay subjects. No more pursuing what I love: language, philosophy and science (apart from the last one). It is too late now to change. I don't like self-teaching myself- I tried that with physics and Russian. I need a teacher to help me and students to talk to. Aaaargh.

I'm taking Biology, Chemistry and Maths. I was afraid of somehow appearing less capable/smart if I didn't take maths. The careers advisers all pressured me to take maths -"not enough girls go into stem careers". At the time I thought of going into science. If I was free, I would want to study religion/theology with language, and then go and study medicine. But I have ruined it.

I picked A-levels out of fear. 'Spanish isn't useful', 'philosophy is boring and essay writing isn't for you', 'you shouldn't mix arts and sciences', 'you are good at maths, it's an easy A*', 'you should focus on 3 and get the best possible grades'. What is easy isn't necessarily the best option. I have so many regrets.
Biggest mistake is listening to other people and letting them decide. You should never have picked A Levels out of fear. And I do wholeheartedly agree with the fact that girls are being pushed too much into stem and many won't be interested. The best thing to do is either keep your head down and to study or repeat a year with Spanish or philosophy. You will however need to continually keep up with spanish as a whole year with no spanish can make you forget lot as I found out xx TT.
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Why did I take Maths? I see no motivation in doing it. I could have taken Spanish and Philosophy instead! Whyyyyy. I am an idiot. It's so boring. I initially took further maths as well but changed it to single. I am dying on the inside. I have ruined my future and my intellectual development is stunted. No essay subjects. No more pursuing what I love: language, philosophy and science (apart from the last one). It is too late now to change. I don't like self-teaching myself- I tried that with physics and Russian. I need a teacher to help me and students to talk to. Aaaargh.

I'm taking Biology, Chemistry and Maths. I was afraid of somehow appearing less capable/smart if I didn't take maths. The careers advisers all pressured me to take maths -"not enough girls go into stem careers". At the time I thought of going into science. If I was free, I would want to study religion/theology with language, and then go and study medicine. But I have ruined it.

I picked A-levels out of fear. 'Spanish isn't useful', 'philosophy is boring and essay writing isn't for you', 'you shouldn't mix arts and sciences', 'you are good at maths, it's an easy A*', 'you should focus on 3 and get the best possible grades'. What is easy isn't necessarily the best option. I have so many regrets.
I had a similar situation when I was choosing my A levels, but I didn't listen to the people telling me to continue doing sciences. I also had the issue of wanting to do everything, wanting to study literature but also study medicine. The education system in our country in my opinion is far too narrow and it's unfair to make people decide at such a young age.

I did Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Italian and French at AS, and then dropped Biology and Chemistry. I studied Modern Languages at uni and while I don't regret my decision, I feel like I would be in a better position now if I had done a science subject.

The thing about languages especially is that you can absolutely learn them to a high level without learning them in school or university, and doing a language to A level while giving you a head start doesn't prepare you realistically for being able to communicate fluently in that language, it only comes with practice, which doesn't necessarily have to be in a traditional educational environment.

I now live in Russia (Russian was one of my languages at degree level) and I've met people here who started learning Russian after university but have a similar level of fluency and understanding as I do, and are definitely better than the majority of my class at uni who stopped using Russian after graduating.

If you're really interested in Philosophy, some people who I went to university with managed to pick up some Philosophy modules while studying Maths or Physics as their main subject, so it's something to look into and see if you would be able to combine those two things. I think it depends on the university, but worth trying.

All in all, the point that I'm trying to put across is that language learning can definitely be done as an extra-curricular, subjects like Philosophy may be available as optional modules, but Science rarely is. So if you're interested in all of these areas, my advice would be to have Science as your main subject and do the others on the side.
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I had a similar situation when I was choosing my A levels, but I didn't listen to the people telling me to continue doing sciences. I also had the issue of wanting to do everything, wanting to study literature but also study medicine. The education system in our country in my opinion is far too narrow and it's unfair to make people decide at such a young age.

I did Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Italian and French at AS, and then dropped Biology and Chemistry. I studied Modern Languages at uni and while I don't regret my decision, I feel like I would be in a better position now if I had done a science subject.

The thing about languages especially is that you can absolutely learn them to a high level without learning them in school or university, and doing a language to A level while giving you a head start doesn't prepare you realistically for being able to communicate fluently in that language, it only comes with practice, which doesn't necessarily have to be in a traditional educational environment.

I now live in Russia (Russian was one of my languages at degree level) and I've met people here who started learning Russian after university but have a similar level of fluency and understanding as I do, and are definitely better than the majority of my class at uni who stopped using Russian after graduating.

If you're really interested in Philosophy, some people who I went to university with managed to pick up some Philosophy modules while studying Maths or Physics as their main subject, so it's something to look into and see if you would be able to combine those two things. I think it depends on the university, but worth trying.

All in all, the point that I'm trying to put across is that language learning can definitely be done as an extra-curricular, subjects like Philosophy may be available as optional modules, but Science rarely is. So if you're interested in all of these areas, my advice would be to have Science as your main subject and do the others on the side.
nemolokoThank you for your advice, it is reassuring! I think your education path is very exciting and I admire how you know so many languages. You must be a polyglot! I will try to learn Spanish by myself(and possibly other languages too), and maybe in Uni I could join a Spanish club of some sort. I also hope to study abroad and perhaps go to Spain? The main difficulty is finding someone to practice with.
What's it like living in Russia? What part do you live in? My cousins/auntie live by the Black Sea; I hope to visit them one day!
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