The Hands-Shaking Day

It was 10 a.m. when I checked the web that announces students’ result for the national exams. This might sound exaggerating, but my hands were almost freezing while waiting for the page to load. After a few seconds, the result popped out before my eyes. Not bad―I got 9 for Bahasa Indonesia, English and Maths, and 8 for Science. The only thing wrong is I only lost one point to get perfect in Maths, as what I had targeted before. But never mind; at least I’ve done my best to defeat the final boss.

Again, if these school years are a game… The final boss has been beaten, which means we’re now close to the credits. Oops, another “gamesickness” symptom ;)!

Last Monday, as what had been announced last week, we came to school. The time to go to school had not been specified, so we could go there at any time we wished. What we did that time were simply recognizing our teachers by shaking their hands. The first that came to the teachers’ room to do this were I, Virgin, Vallerie, Carissa and Sri. All the teachers were happy because we all passed. After a while, the others arrived and did the same thing. We, who had done with the hands-shaking, waited outside the room while watching them. What made us laugh was they looked so nervous that they even lined up in doing it!

By the way, I’m really glad to know that everyone passed :D.

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Waiting.

The shortest title ever for my blog post. That’s right; I, together with all other ninth graders, are currently waiting. From now, it takes less than an hour before we can see our national exams result. Just hoping for the best for everyone!

Anyway it reminds me. Seems that try outs and PMs help me a lot in those exams—I didn’t feel any new difficulty in working on any of the four subjects, honestly. To me, they only felt like our last-of-the-last try out. Only that since it’s an exam, we had to be really serious in doing it. Many thanks to our teachers for their patience in teaching us. And of course, to my family for their help and support ;).

I guess there’s nothing more to talk about here. Just a few minutes to go, and we’ll be able to check our result on the web. Again, best of luck to all of us :D!

At the State of Freedom

To overcome my one-month hiatus, I was supposed to write this post last Tuesday and publish it immediately. But since there wasn’t enough time, I had no choice other than delaying it till today… Oh never mind, let’s just go to the topic.

National exams are all done, finally! This single word came to all grade nine students’ mind last week: freedom. Yeah, nothing more to worry about—except for the result, since we are free now!

But freedom is not yet everything. The only thing is at this freedom state, there isn’t much for us to do. No more homework, no more exams, no more busy days… Oops, I’m starting to miss our busy school days ;)!

We still had to come last Monday, only that it’s at eight instead of the normal time, 06.30. Nothing much we did that day; we just receive an announcement from our teacher about the future schedule. It was supposed to be a sports activity and classroom cleaning afterwards, but they were then cancelled. So we just spent our time for chatting, playing and such. I chose to go to the library with Vallerie.

Soon after we reached there, she told me she had to go upstairs to get the students’ attendance book, if I’m not mistaken (that’s the price for delaying this post, Michelle!). After she left, I took R’s Revolution comic and sat behind a table. It’s been long since the last time I read that one―quite a good shoujo, I should say―so I’ve forgotten some parts. And I don’t know why, but I had no enthusiasm in reading at the moment.

So I was leafing through the comic aimlessly, when Wilson suddenly called. He was on a nearby table, and as usual, with his two best friends: Cindy and Alvian. It then turned out that he wanted me to teach him how to draw manga. He had a thick drawing book and a manga tutorial book on the table. Both books silently told me they had just been bought recently.

I thought that was weird. I never knew that Wilson was an otaku (fan of manga and anime), like I and Cindy are. So I asked him first whether he’s interested with this stuff. He said yes, and he had been like that lately. Then, instead of reading, I spent my time in becoming Wilson’s sensei (teacher in Japanese). I have no talent in teaching, so I just instructed him to draw the atari (first common step in drawing manga) first, and gave Since he was a newbie, anyone to whom he showed his drawing couldn’t help laughing―even he himself!

And thanks to him again, he introduced two new games to me: PokéMMO and osu!. Just hoping they can entertain me in this super long holiday!

Anti-Climax Days

Readers, please don’t be bored since these days I always talk about exams :P.

Honestly, I can say that I enjoy these days as much as I did before the non-stop exams. They are over now, so as what I’ve said in the last post, we just spend the rest of our time in focusing on the four main subjects. To me, if those exams were the climax, then these pre-national exams days would be the anti-climax. And the national exams would be the resolution, where all problems are solved.

Wait a minute. If last time I compared the exams with video games, why am I similizing them with narrative plot structure this time ;)?

So since it’s an anti-climax, I’m trying to relax a bit. But indeed, I will still study for the final exams.

Lately I spend my spare time for learning SAI. My sister said it’s an easier colouring tool compared to Photoshop. She downloaded some anime linearts and tutorials. I always wanted to learn digital colouring, so these days I practice colouring Kirito and Asuna using SAI and with the help of those tutorials.

Anyway, next Wednesday, it’s my turn to be the PIC of the Eating Together activity, with Mellia and Rojak. As its name suggests, it’s an activity where students have lunch—which is provided by our school—together in the classroom. It is sometimes called Healthy Eating activity, since the menu is vegetarian. Speaking of vegetarian, I used to avoid most vegetables when I was small, so I was nearly “carnivorous”. But everything changed then. Five times we have this activity so far, and the meal always enchants me!

The Four Final Boss

Everything feels like a game. We can’t get completely relieved after the school exams, which had just finished yesterday. They were like the semi-final boss that sets the minor subjects aside. They also lessens our burden before dealing with our masterful enemy on the last stage—no other than the national exams! I should have written the title this way:

Coming soon: the four final boss.

Hang on. So two months of keeping myself away from VBA and the other games (for exams sake, definitely) don’t keep myself off from my game-based paradigm, do they? Am I suffering from “gamesickness”?

All right, all right, no more silly thoughts… At least we’re free from those minor subjects now. Starting on Monday we’re going to study only the four major subjects: Indonesian, English, Maths and Science. And day by day, week by week, time will eventually bring us to the end.

To describe my feelings now, I’m right between independence and restlessness. Kind of glad to have only four subjects for one month ahead, as I love all those subjects. Yet the restlessness refers to the natural feeling I have every year, when I’m to proceed the next level. It somehow utters, “Congratulations, dear. You’re getting bigger now. Say farewell to your beloved class!” I personally can’t accept that, but I have to.

I can still remember my first time in 9B—the first time we gathered together as a class. Still quite unfamiliar with the classmates, I wondered, How will things turn out this year? Funny to think that everything is different now.

To all ninth graders, let’s unleash our power for the very final boss!

Meanwhile in the “Exams Month”

It’s like a while ago we were standing in front of the grade nine classes, waiting for the announcement of which class would we belong to for one year ahead. And suddenly we appeared in the middle of the exams, which will claim whether we are worth enough to proceed to the next level. Things just went really fast!

Before the exams, like what I said earlier, we were at the point of—how should I say it—a junior high school student’s climax, perhaps? We got many school tasks, and those have not been included to the practical exams. And how about the final semester exams? And the final school exams? And the most final of the finals…the national exams?

Actually this is not the time to relax at all. But since I got very tired these days, there’s nothing wrong to have a rest on weekends, isn’t it ;)?

On the last BK subject, for the last time Pak Andre admitted 9B was the only class that spent the days without any tense. They didn’t seem to have any burden. And still looked as cheerful as always. This is true, and I too, don’t feel any tense for the exams. I just think exams are fun, which adds some spices to our life as a secondary student. Only that—of course—we can’t experience this every time!

The only thing I don’t like with these exams is that I can hardly relax (no difference with the usual days, actually). It’s very important to take care of our health during this exams period, yet I find it difficult to have enough sleep these days…

March, March. Are you testing my readiness of being a high school student? As I just turned fifteen last week :P?

Our Unending Rush

You know, it’s very very hard for us, grade nine students, to catch a breath these days. We just had the fourth try out last week, which was from the province. My grades for B. Indo and English are not bad, but last Friday Bu Yuwanti told me that my Maths gets lower this time. It’s not a surprise—I felt like racing against the time while working on it! This means I have to train myself, so that I can use my time effectively in doing the coming Maths exams.

Last Friday was Mandarin Day, the day where each class (except grade nine, of course) participate on the hand gesture dance contest. So the school made some changes to our schedule that day—everything was PM until the dismissal. We were actually dismissed at 10.30, but my class had an extra hour for the PE.

The first period was English PM. After discussing the PM book with Miss Syifa, we played hangman. I don’t know whether Gerald and Enjang understand the rules, but they drew the hangman awkwardly that everyone laughed. They seemed to follow their own intuition, so they added antennae and even a pig nose to the hangman :D!

The next silly thing was Willy, who belonged my group, spontaneously shouted the answer when it’s not our turn! We got minus point, and of course, the other group took advantage from it. I think he’s too careless to tell us his thoughts in a quieter way :P.

After hangman, there came truth or dare. I played it with Vallerie, Cindy, Carissa, Maria and Andhyka during the break. Vallerie’s “dare” was to confess to Gerald. She did as what she was challenged, by adding “dare!” to the end of the confession. The funny thing is Gerald’s exaggerated reaction.

“Seriously?” asked him dramatically, pretending to accept it as reality.

The next “dare victim” was Carissa, and she got the same challenge. She did the same thing as Vallerie, but unfortunately, the respond she got was worse.

“Are you serious? Why do so many people love me today?” Again, he pretended to believe those words. He even chased Carissa, who was scared enough, into the classroom! The rest of us couldn’t help laughing…

Perhaps that’s the fun we had, before facing March—a month full of exams for the grade nine students. So I guess I’ll leave this blog not updated until the national exams is over, which is at the end of April. Wish us luck for those exams ;)!

Another thing. I hope you won’t be bored of this statement, readers. But from what I experienced so far in grade nine, I conclude that Fridays are never apart from “exhausting yet exciting”. And this also works for last Friday!