Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Prefect Interview

Why is it that we always think of wonderful things to say after a situation has happened, when it is no longer of any use to us? Like when you are having an argument with someone, and later on you think of this amazing comeback, that would have won you the argument.

In my History prefect interview the other day, the first question the asked was what figure in history we would like to be. At the moment we are studying Hitler so all that was going through my head was Hitler. But of course I couldn't say Hitler, because then they would think that I was a psychopath. The interview was carried out by the current prefects, so before this interview they had never met me before. It was a group interview and I was second, so I just said the same as the girl before me, who said Churchill. Afterwards I thought of much better things I could have said. I could have said Martin Luther King who did so much for black people's rights. Or Florence Nightingale. Or Louis Pasteur who invented the first vaccination. Or... well I think you get the picture. The rest of the interview didn't exactly go well either, so I think I can safely say that I am not going to get that. I just never know what to say when I am put on the spot.

Freya x

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Pointless worrying...

I am a total complete and utter idiot. Seriously, why do I do this to myself? I am going on this trip to Africa this summer and I just don't think I want to go any more. But now, typical me, I have left it too late to drop out. For a while I wasn't really sure if I wanted to go because none of my friends are going. And I am shy and awkward, and well me, so going to another country for 3 weeks with people I don't know very well just doesn't sound like it will be very fun. And I am starting to get nervous about it. The one girl who I knew the best, although not that well, just the sort of person who I smile at in the corridors has dropped out. She dropped out a while ago, but didn't tell any of us. So we only found out when we had a meeting a few weeks ago. 

My parents convinced sign up for the trip last year, when I mentioned it to them because me and a friend were both going to go. She decided she didn't want to go, but my parents convinced me to sign up anyway. Now they expect me to be really excited about it. But I just can't stop worrying. 

I suppose that there is nothing I can do about it now anyway, so I should stop worrying. There are only 6 other people going anyway, so I suppose it won't be too bad. I doubt that I will ever get an opportunity like this again, so I might as well take it. We are going to do charity work there, and stay with local people for a week. We are also going to go on a safari for two days, which is something I have always wanted to do. I hope am sure that I will enjoy it once I am there.

Freya x

Saturday, February 9, 2013

The awkwardness of buses

Getting on a bus to somewhere you have never been before (or at least have never got a bus to before) is one of the most nerve-wracking experiences. You see trains are ok because they actually announce the stop when it is coming up, and you don't have to push a button for it to stop. Because if you are going somewhere you don't know very well on a bus, you may think it is your stop, push the button, and then realize that it isn't your stop. You then have to get off the bus at this random stop, and hope you can find the way. Well if you are as awkward as me and my friend you do. We could probably have just explained to the driver that we had thought this was our stop but actually it wasn't. But that would be far too embarrassing.

Luckily we had only got off one stop too early, so we didn't have far to walk. It was very funny though, I don't think I have laughed that hard in ages!

Freya x

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

I have had an oh-so-relaxing day today. I overslept this morning, and I've been feeling a bit ill so I decided to take the day off. Also I only have two lessons today, so it isn't much to catch up on. So I spent my day playing board games with my little brother (who was also ill), watching TV and reading To Kill A Mockingbird. I have taken it upon myself to read this book because I saw it sitting unread on my shelf , and I realised that the only 'classic' book I have read is probably pride and prejudice which I had to read for school.

I am going to spend my evening reading some blog posts, scouring university websites and drinking tea. I have come to the conclusion that I probably drink far too much tea (this is my fourth cup of the day), however I am British so it can't be helped.

Freya x

Friday, February 1, 2013

The world is run by beautiful people

The other day at school we were learning about the value of appearances, and it was really quite surprising. 

Employees are more likely to hire good looking people, even at university interviews good looking people are favored. Women who have had plastic surgery earn more than they would have without it (but not as much as the cost of the surgery). And did you know that on average tall men are payed more than shorter men?

I think that that is really unfair because a person's appearance has nothing to do with how capable they are of doing a good job. I can understand that they are judged on their clothes, because you want someone who looks clean and well presented, rather than scruffy. But people can't change the way they look, so how can it be fair that beautiful people are more likely to get higher paying jobs?

Oh and we also watched this video:

I've seen it before, but I think that it is really amazing what can be done using Photoshop etc. We all need to remember that what we see in magazines and adverts isn't real, so (hard as it might be) we can't compare ourselves to that.

Freya x

p.s. I can't believe it is February already, January flew by so fast!