Do you wish you had paid more attention at school??

@patootie (3593)
December 29, 2006 1:58pm CST
I really enjoyed my schooldays .. but sadly missed months of schooling every year because of my poor health ... amazingly I still managed to do very well in my exams and did get a good job ... but I just wonder what I might have been able to do if I had been able to attend school everyday ... would I ever have been able to be an astrophysicist as I dreamed I would be .. I doubt it ...
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
30 Dec 06
I really hated my schooldays, probably because I was bullied and the teachers were no damn good. I tried to concentrate but it was useless, the other kids mucked about and the teachers couldn't control us. I did average in my exams and I only really bothered with the subjects I really enjoyed like Maths, English and Sociology. I hated some of the teachers and I must admit I do blame some of them for my qualifications. I got more out of going to college and at 16 I couldn't wait to leave school and start earning, they weren't the best days of my life that's for sure.
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@patootie (3593)
30 Dec 06
Yeah .. I was bullied constantly ... name calling, kickings, punches ... but I still loved school ... well during lesson times anyway ... I can still remember our high school Maths teacher asking us to read a section of the 'new' maths book and then could we please explain it to him as he didn't understand it .. hahahah !!!
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
4 Jan 07
Good ole Toots and thanks for the Best response, appreciated.
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@ukchriss (2103)
30 Dec 06
I really enjoyed my schooldays, I had 4 really good friends who I still keep in touch with. I was always the quiet shy one in the group! Yes, I do wish I had paid more attention and then got better exam results and qualifications. But i also put some of the blame on the school teachers who seemed to change every term. They all had different methods of teaching so just as you got to know them, another would come along and teach us all differently. At the time It was so confusing.
@patootie (3593)
30 Dec 06
Well done for managing to keep your old schoolfriends going ... I don't seem to remember any of my schoolmates were remotely interesting or had anything in common with me .. some of them still live in the same town as when we were at school .. they have their hair done at the same salons ... shop in the same places and go in the same pubs ...that's scary .. how dreary and dull it must be ...
@Naomi17 (624)
12 Mar 07
I hated school because of the bullying despite that i got good exam results but lost my confidence i was shy and wanted to be anywhere but at school
@limitup (324)
• United States
12 Mar 07
I sometimes regret not going to college as many of my college friends are more well-rounded ("more well-rounded", not sure if that's proper English ha ha). But from a financial standpoint, I feel like I can make just as much money as them and have far fewer bills to pay right out of school. Perhaps if I grew up in a country with less opportunities, I would think college would be more vital. With the power of the internet, however, and the wide availability of easily accessible information, I think we are all on a much more level playing field now. In high school, I could have studied harder and taken much more difficult classes, but I would be less perceptive with people if I had my head constantly buried in a book. I believe understanding and communicating with people is just as important and relevant as book smarts. In any event, I wouldn't trade my learning experiences, both in school and out, for anything. It is what I do now that is most important (so posting too much here on mylot probably isn't that good of an idea for me ha ha).
@Chele2k2 (241)
14 Feb 07
As the years have past by I have regretted how much attention I paid in school. I found school years quite hard, I didn't really enjoy it, I was extremely unmotivated getting myself up and off to school each week day. The last year of attending school I skipped going for the best part of it, when all along I should have just knuckled down. I did really bad in my exams, which came as no shock, I wasn't too bother at the time but the older I get the more I wish I gave it my full attention.
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@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
15 Feb 07
I hated high school and skipped as much as possible. I was able to go to college and did not do so well in the beginning. So when I turned 35 I gave college another try, this time I listened, paid attention and attended all my classes. I graduated at a very high level in a few honors programs. And to think if I had not skipped so much high school I could have done all this 18 years earlier.
@patootie (3593)
15 Feb 07
Well done on the college results .. and even if you had paid more attention at college the 1st time would it have been the same courses, wouldn't your life have been very different .. you do seem very happy, so on balance .. I think you did all the right things at the right time :o)
@Ashida (1370)
• United States
1 Jan 07
I do wish I had paid more attention. I did very well, but I know I could have done better. it's funny how time gives on a different perspective. I hated school, but compared to the real world, it's cake.
@patootie (3593)
3 Jan 07
If only we had the gift of foresight from an early age .. hahah ... but then would we really want to be looking into the future as a child .. probably not ... we have to grow up all too qucikly as it is .. sigh
@sgwest01 (18)
30 Dec 06
I really enjoyed my school days to but did'nt pay much attention to my work but if i could change back time i would because when you leave school all your friends go their seperate ways and then when you start work you got to make new ones, but its just not the same.
@patootie (3593)
30 Dec 06
I didn't have many friends at school as I was away ill so often .. and I still have difficulties making friends today .. always been a bit of a loner ... I really don't think I've seen any of the other pupils at my old school from the day we left to now ... One of the lads looked me up a few years ago ... and one of the lads from my year runs the village post office ... but I didn't recognise him for weeks ... so it was rather embarrassing when he finally said who he was ...
• United States
13 Mar 07
I enjoyed school very much. I just wish I would have learned more than I did. I was on the honor roll yearly, but some schools are not as good as others. So, I had to learn a lot on my own.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
15 Feb 07
Lol no I am quite Happy at the outcome. I did my best and that was all I could do. And you will agree with me, now these Days, People seem to go more for experience and not for the Qualifications. So I think I did ok.
• United States
15 Feb 07
I really hated school when I was younger. It was a very uncomfortable place for me. However, as I got into highschool, I didn't mind it much, but I had a habit of getting really bored. So bored in fact, that I didn't pay attention as much as I should have. Sometimes I wish I had.