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Eighteen-year-old SAM POOLE goes to Highbury College and lives at Eastney, Portsmouth. Follow him on Twitter 

Have you ever been drawn towards something somebody has offered you? Did you jump at the opportunity believing that it would enhance and positively affect you in some way?

Did you then discover that what you chose to do left you behind and neck high with things to do?

Well if the answer is yes, read on.

To me, this city has been a fantastic place to grow up. It has been full of opportunity, allowing me to meet so many different people.

As there have been so many doors opened to me, I guess at times I’ve got a little carried away.

As I’m young I’m bursting with curiosity and interest in numerous areas.

It may entice me into wishing to try out a bit of everything.

When we experience new areas of life, we accept challenges and take on further responsibility.

I remember when I was sitting my GCSEs; I was a member of the Portsmouth Youth Parliament, participated in theatre shows and was the student who ran the school radio, plus countless other things.

Don’t get me wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed everything I was doing, but it was deterring me from concentrating on my exams.

I was advised by numerous people to stop what I was doing and focus on what was most important.

Some said I would be someone with bags of experience, but with no academic achievements.

Others praised the stuff I was involved with, but were concerned about my wellbeing.

The enthusiastic side of me was stubborn and was shouting not to stop what I did.

As for the ‘mature’ element, it was telling me to really focus on these GCSEs.

Therefore, I gave up particular responsibilities to focus on my studies.

I struggled with the idea of having so much time on my hands which would become devoted to revision.

But I knew it was the correct thing to do.

So if you’re someone who enjoys taking on new opportunities and responsibility, assess the situation you’re in.

What may be presented as positively life-changing may change your life for the worse.