For a long time A wanted to be a vet. She was certain, that was the career for her and it had been for as long as I can remember. Then when she took her year nine options she said "I want to be a history teacher", and that was that.
We discussed what GCSEs she should take and in the end she chose those most relevant to her desired future career as well as one that she wanted to take purely for the enjoyment she got from it (music).
She was fortunate and managed to secure all the options she had chosen, and since then things have gone well. She has, with the support & advice from the Mister & I as well as her teachers, decided to drop one subject (Child Development) in favour of spending more time studying for and revising for the other subjects (History in particular) and, I have learned after an 'academic board' meeting last week, is on course for top marks in all of them as long as she continues putting the work in as she has been doing.
It's our job now as her parents to keep her on the right path and make sure she gets plenty of rest and spends time at home revising, keeping on top of her homework & planning for her exams in the Summer.
There is a lot of pressure on her right now and we are doing our best to keep her motivated. We have a lovely family holiday in the south of France booked for the Summer next year and we'll return a few days before she will receive her results. We hope she'll be able to relax & enjoy the sunshine while we're away, and she knows that she has that to look forward to when her GCSEs are all over with.
We'll be attending the sixth form open evening for her current secondary school this week, and A has made an appointment with the careers advisor at school & looked at the list of the available subjects for the sixth form.
She has also started looking at universities that will be the best match for her chosen career, as well as those that offer an option to study part of her degree abroad for a year or semester as she is particularly interested in studying in the USA.
Well not everything... Some things I would of course rather she didn't experience!
But - she is a responsible, mature young lady and I have every faith in her that she will make good decisions, and go far (both literally and academically). She has a lot to offer the world and I am excited to see where she ends up.
Hopefully somewhere hot, so we can visit.
I have linked this post with #MagicMoments at The Oliver's Madhouse.