The principal told me that to achieve my senior certificate I would have to re-sit junior maths as well as senior, and all within the next two years. He said it was because my grade ten year was the last year of the old maths curriculum; the new maths curriculum was totally different. I didn't understand and he made it sound like a gigantic mountain to climb. It felt like a problem way too big to overcome and far from achievable; I just simply couldn't do it! He had no strategies to offer me and I left his office deflated, disheartened and lost.
I was nearly 17. I needed to believe in myself, go for my dreams no matter what. But I didn't. Where had the passion for my future gone? Why couldn't I