Applying to University. That ultimate quest that every green rookie must undertake if they want to survive out there in the Big Wide World.
Frankly, I'm having trouble lifting the sword.
To be fair, I've set myself some high goals - Oxford is on my application list, as well as three other Russell Group universities (for you Americans, that's our version of your Ivy League). I reckon I can get there too, if I work hard enough, and it's nice to know that some of my teachers think so too.
But to get there, I need a bloomin' good application form. I'm working on it - I've got pretty good GCSE results (nine subjects, no grades below an A), Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh qualifications, several Drama grades attained from the London Academy of Music and Drama, and I'm working on a load more. Gotta have the armour before you can take on the giant, right?
But, as I'm applying for English Literature courses, I reckon I could really do with something to prove I haven't misread the prophecy and come barking up the wrong Oracle's cave.
Here's where you guys come in. Can anyone here recommend a good course or set of classes I should attend in the holidays to bolster my application? Any form of work experience regarding writing of any sort would be welcome too - I'm going to try and apply to a few newspapers to see if they'll let me hang around for a couple of days, or maybe write an article or two for them.
ANY suggestions would be very welcome, but I would really love it if you could let me know of some sort of residential course that would span three or four days away from home (part of my Gold Duke of Edinburgh qualification, which I desperately need to get done, and would prefer to avoid the options involving boring manual labour).
It's rather daunting to think about it now - I'm still only sixteen, and still don't believe I survived GCSEs - but it's time to get my butt in gear and get going. New Year, new challenges, and all new adventures to go on.
Anyone care to point me in the right direction? The dragon ate my map.