The Summer term isn’t fun but the finish line is in sight

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Next week is the time for us all to go back and begin a new term.

I can hear your excitement already! Well… not quite.

The longest term of them all and usually the hottest (that’s if we get a summer), it’s full of the pressures of deadlines, revision (we hope, anyway) and, to top it all, those final exams.

It often seems that we as young people spend 99 per cent of our time with our heads buried, studying and striving for those grades and moving towards our aspirations and goals.

It is important to remind ourselves that even though we often feel unenthusiastic, with little motivation to do the work we need to do, it is all worth it in the end!

I think the key is to remain positive.

I understand how some people feel about the work they’ve submitted or the exams they have done.

It’s never good thinking negatively about what we have already done with our work. But remember – there is no turning back!

No matter how boring the work gets or how much you wish it was over, keep striving and I’m sure you will be rewarded.

Time, patience and putting effort into all you do will result in good things happening in your life.

· Young people are expected to approach day-to-day life with plenty of energy, enthusiasm and joyfulness.

This is quite easy for the majority of youngsters, but there are still people who don’t share these feelings.

Who, I hear you ask.

Well, I think it must be very difficult for young people who lack food, warmth, family and a secure, loving home environment.

It is important that we make the most of what we have in life and don’t take it for granted as there are other youngsters who don’t have the same benefits and advantages.

And some of them live closer to your homes than you might think.

Yes, it’s obvious that different people living in the Portsmouth area will have a different style of living.

However, there are still some young people in this country who are really struggling to get a good education and find security and even enough food.

Therefore, it is important that the enormous community of youngsters stick together, with a positive stronghold, supporting each other.