Italy Ė Here I am at last. My last year at high school has come.
The enormous and terrifying final exam, the one that in Italy is called the
ďExam of Maturity,Ē is waiting for me.
Iím getting ready for the official first day of school, arranging the new books,
selling the old ones, and desperately trying to put in my mind all the things I
should have studied during summer while enjoying the last days of freedom.
possible, Iím trying not to panic.
this year, it will be me versus the world Ė university, another city, lots of
exams and then finding a job.
But now I have to face the worst enemy of all students all over the world: the
School books are staring darkly at me from the bookcase and I donít believe Iíll
be able to learn all the things they contain. Iím sure they actually donít
believe it, either.
days ago, I was trying to write an essay about John Lockeís ďA letter concerning
TolerationĒ when I got discouraged.
canít do that, I told myself. I wonít pass the exam. Iíll be a high school
saw my friends Matteo Rebuffo
and Alessia Ubaldini and told
them about that, they laughed at me.
Theyíre both 19. They did their exam in June, finished high school and they are
getting ready for university. Matteo is waiting the result for his admission
test to physiotherapy, and Alessia is going to study Arabic.
I asked them how they felt at the beginning of their last year of high school
and they both told me they were a bit scared at the idea of the exam, but they
were also excited because it was sort of a challenge.
Matteo told me that the worst thing of the last year of school is that you have
to study hard even at the end of the year, when usually you are tired and canít
stand school pressure anymore.
Alessia wasnít happy about how some subjects were taught and was disillusioned
with some teachers.
But both of them said that the relationships between students in their class
didnít change much during the last year because of the tension. Old friendships
consolidated, and fake ones split up, they said.
told me that the most important thing he learned during the last year of school
was that he would lose some friends but that the real ones would stay with him
Alessia said she learned how to get through difficulties and improve herself.
Finally I asked them which advice they would give to someone whoís going to face
the last year.
offered advice about studying, too. Matteo said always to study things step by
step and not study everything in the last months before the exam.
Alessia said itís important to focus on what you want to do, whether you want
only to study or also to cultivate your passions. She told me that if you donít
always let your light shine you donít commit a crime Ė the important thing is
always to be conscious of what you want.
smiles reassured me, and I hope their advice will also reassure other people all
over the world who will face this year like me.
a leg, you are not alone!