High School oh High School

Hello readers! I’ve been off for a super long time, yes I admit it―so sorry for that! Many many and many things happened during my hiatus, too bad I couldn’t post anything that time >.< That's why I'm trying to tell everything―just the urgent ones, of course―in this post now (and as if I'm in a real urgency, I'm typing this so hurriedly!).

Half a year has passed, and I've become a senior high school student. So far in my first year in high school, I found that high school is…challenging. Yup, super challenging. High school is absolutely not the time to slack off and loaf around, even in just a minute. Literally, of course. Compared to what we had in middle school, high school is a lot different. During middle school, no matter how many tasks we had at a time, we would always have at least some free time. As in high school, daily tests―just like our monster enemies―are always out there, waiting for us to show up. At any time, they're even ready to devour us with all their might (whoops, my gamesickness symptom haven't healed even until now :P!). This means we can't relax as much as we did in middle school. There's always something to worry about, even at the moment when all homeworks are done. Wondering if there will be a pop quiz or such tomorrow, thinking of how will I proceed to the next lesson if I haven't understood the current one… Though that's how the situation is, I feel that I spend more time for playing more than for studying in a day (doesn't make much difference from the younger me, I guess ._.).

As we all know, in high school, both Science and Social Studies are split into their respective branch subjects: Science consists of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, while Social Studies has Economics, Geography and Sociology. Probably these subject splits are the main cause of this endless rush x_x…

However, most of all I can say that I'm happy with the new friends I have right now. There must be the time when I miss the friends I used to be with in middle school―I'm still glad though, since all my close friends are still here. Only that some chose to enter Vocational High School instead of Senior High. At first I thought it's a wrong decision for me to enter SHS―I found that the lessons and tasks were way more extreme than what I'd ever expect. But in fact I was wrong; they said that they also faced such extreme rush in VHS!

Speaking of my recent experience, lately we just had this event called the Exhibition Project. For some reason, this event is held only for students of grade X. It's actually the first time for this school―not only for SHS, but for the whole school―to hold such activity. This event's aim is to improve students' independence, teamwork and creativity. Each class was divided to groups consisting of ten students, where each group had to work on a project for one subject. These projects were to be displayed during the D-day, which was about one month after the briefing day.

I wasn't so interested at first. That time I thought, Life’s been incredibly busy without such energy-and-time-wasting activity. Why on earth should I spare my time for that? I thought back then (speaking of energy conserving, I’m reminded of Oreki Houtarou xD).

But in fact, again, I was wrong. Back then on the briefing day, I found that this event wasn’t something I should ignore. At least by now.

Because it sounded far much interesting than I had ever thought!

On the same day, the groups were formed. Each student was given a small piece of paper to write their most interested subject, right after listening to every subject teacher’s demonstration of what project would be made. Only subject with most votes would be chosen for every class. I chose Bahasa Indonesia since the planned project revolved around literature >,<.

To my excitement, my vote was chosen! We were asked to gather with our respective groups. And here we are.

My group consisted of Yansen, Alven, Aldo, Reynaldi, Dicky, Ryan, Yanuar, Stanley and Richard. Yeah, believe it or not, I'm the only girl here! I managed to work together with them in doing this bulletin project, though. Although most of us were so pessimistic in the days towards the D-day, surprisingly, we got the first place xD!

And now, after going through many experiences in this project, we were asked to work for this bulletin's upcoming editions. They merged us―whom we named The Bullets―with the existing Journalistic Club. Looks like school tasks aren’t just enough for us.

High school really is the busiest time a student should encounter before proceeding to the world of career. Don’t you think so? 😉

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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.

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!

A Not-to-Forget Three-Day Stay

For some reason, instead of writing new posts here, these days I chose to write more in my diary book. It had been very very long since the last time I wrote something there! I was too lazy turn on the computer, then open WordPress, then spending lots of time in writing a new post―maybe I’m too much like a perfectionist, but so far I can’t spent just a short time to write one post ;). My mood for blogging was not that good, so I changed my mind to spill my thoughts into my old diary instead of blogging them.

Anyway, I was just back from an unforgettable stay recently. This staying activity is called Pendewasaan. ‘Pendewasaan‘ itself is an Indonesian word, which means maturity. It is an annual activity held by my school, which is participated by grade six, nine and twelve. So as its name suggests, it is an activity where students’ independence are trained before proceeding to the higher level.

There is a difference between this year’s Pendewasaan with the last years’. If in the past years the activity took place at our school, this year it took place at the Center.

What made us have to come after the exams back then was for this activity’s sake. I admit I was a bit lazy to join this post-exams activity. I thought all exams were over, so why did we still have to come to school? I was chosen to perform a shou yu (hand gesture dance) with the other 18 students. Yet the non-chosen ones had no choice rather than practicing the singing.

And guess what? It was totally a wonderful experience! We went directly to the Center last Thursday morning. After getting to know our respective groups, mentors and rooms, we had a rehearsal for our performance. I was so tired, yet I found it difficult to sleep during the night. The same thing happened to the others. Seems we hadn’t get used to that place…

The second day was the busiest, I guess. It’s full of sessions about morality, health, self-image, cyber safety and cyber crime and more. These seminars were probably the core of this activity, since I learned a lot from them. Finally we all gathered and had some contemplation, before returning to our respective rooms.

Nothing much in the last day. After having breakfast, we had the closing ceremony―grade nine performed the last, if I’m not mistaken. The celebration was somehow like a graduation to me. Since it’s a real one instead of a rehearsal, I could feel a totally different atmosphere from what I experienced two days before. Our parents were invited, making the hall more crowded, so we had to avoid mistakes as much as we could. The ceremony ended and that’s all―everyone went home afterwards.

Now I can say I really can’t regret participating in this activity, since it gave me some sensation as a ninth grader :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!