S: Mariam El-Azzi - Changes and Challenges
FC: My Changes and Challenges
1: My name is Mariam El-Azzi, I was born on the 20th of April 2000 and i am 11 years old and I am a Maronite Catholic. I am in Year 7 at Saint Charbel's College.
2: Things that make me unique are: I am a person who likes to learn new things, and often most unusual and interesting things. I can make my hands fold together on my back in a praying position, and I am quite sure that none of my friends are as annoying as me! These things make me feel special and I thank God for giving me the ability to not be ashamed that I am different.
3: My favourite subjects are Maths, religion and PDHPE.
4: My interests are playing sports, reading, cooking desserts and hanging out with friends. I like to get through most of my interests without taking time away from study, sitting with my family, going to church and praying.
5: I come from Lebanon, but i was born in Australia. My parents were both born in Lebanon. | I have visited my heritage country Lebanon 3 times. I don't really remember the first two times that I went because I was very young at that time.
6: I have many relatives, but I am closest to my uncle and my cousin Jessica. Even though I have no siblings, I think of Jessica as my sister, because I feel very comfortable when I talk to her.
7: My family consists of 4 people: My Grandma Eveline, my Mum Ibtissam, my Dad George and me, Mariam.
8: My best friends are: Melissa Nassour, Christina Farah and Ryana Harb. I love them very much and i know that no matter what happens they will always be there for me. I can be myself around them and I can trust them with anything.
10: I am very close to my family and especially to God and Jesus. I value Jesus very much, because he shows me how to love others and how to love God. Mary is my heavenly mother and my role model. I value my faith very much, and i pray as much as I can to keep Jesus happy and to talk to God through prayer.
12: Since I started high school, I have faced many challenges that were both good and bad. They all taught me a lesson one way or the other. I have found the right way to deal with all of them, and I made sure that I didn't hesitate to ask for help whenever I needed it. | Challenges
13: Negative 1: | During the last two weeks of school, I started to realise that the amount of assignments has increased very much, which put a lot of pressure on me. I started to lose concentration during class and I worried too much. My mum saw that I was stressed and she talked me through it. She told me that by organising my time and working as hard as I can, I won't have to worry about the amount of work anymore because I would be on track and on time.
14: Negative 2: | At the beginning of the year my Math teacher started teaching us something that I wasn't very familiar with. I had trouble while working on it and I started to become very stressed during school. Later on, I realised that I had to find a solution, so I started to work harder during math and I studied well at home, and I ended up receiving full marks.
15: Positive 1: | At the beginning of the year, my friends and I met new students who had come to Saint Charbel's. At first, I found it quite hard to meet the people because I didn't know how their personalities were. But by coming closer to them and talking to them more, I realised that this challenge was very helpful, not just difficult.
16: Positive 2: | Year 7 is a very big challenge to me. I have realised that to maintain good grades, I have to study very hard. It keeps me quite busy and organised when I work, and it has been a very big challenge for me to keep this up, but it has helped me very much.
17: Coping strategies for a year 6 student | 1. Use your diary everyday | Your diary has everything that you need to stay organised and to write down all homework and assignments.
18: 2. Make sure that you have all the equipment you need. | Without your equipment, you could miss out on many things. But if you are organised and have them all, you can work on anything you are assigned.
19: 3. Study more and work harder. | high school needs way more hard work than primary, so all you have to do is reduce the fun and playtime, and work for at least an hour more than you did in year 6.
20: 4. Make sure you have a workspace at home. | Ask your parents to provide a special workspace for you to study. You can organise your books and sheets in your workplace and everything will be even more organised.
21: 5. In high school, never hesitate to ask for help. | Your high school teachers are always ready for any question you might ask them. So never hesitate to ask for help if you are not very sure about something.
22: Support Services: | 1. Counselor
23: 2. Family | 3. Friends
24: 4. Kids Helpline | 5. Teachers
25: My goals
26: 2 Short term goals | - Make new friends that I have never talked to before. - Maintain my good behavior in class.
27: My intermediate goal - Make sure I don't exceed two bad notes in my diary.
28: 2 Long term goals | - Maintain very good marks | - Make it to the girls netball team
29: A change in the next five years....
30: I always ask myself the same question; what major changes will I face in high school? Well, now that I have reached year 7, I have discovered what one of these major changes will be. In the next five years, I will have to start thinking about my career. This will affect all my high school life and cause me to change the way that I work and study. My subjects will change depending on what career I have chosen, because no one can become a scientist if the only subject they have studied is English! Also, my spare time will decrease, in order for me to get through everything and finish all my assignments without any trouble. The more I grow, the more responsibility I have. And if I don't organise my time and work hard in high school, all this responsibility will keep me stressed. In the past few weeks, I started to think back to my younger years, and I remembered that I used to think that managing my career would be very easy, and wouldn't need any hard work at all! And now, I have finally realised that it really is a stressful and complicated challenge that will change my life forever. Now, I think that if I work hard enough, organise myself, study hard and take this seriously, managing my career will be easier than I have always thought. All I have to do is follow my instincts, listen to older people and use my time well in order to stay on track and develop a good career that will help me rest and be comfortable when I finish University and reach the start of my career. So I tell myself to buckle up, and get ready for the start of a journey that will end in me fulfilling something that will change my whole life altogether.
31: Thank you! I hope that I have provided enough information to help you understand more about me.