Sunday, 10 April 2011

26 going on 16

I am 26 going on 16 (humming tune of 'Sixteen going on seventeen')

At least this is how I feel....26 going on 16.  Why do you ask?  Two reasons...

First, I am learning how to drive in England.  I have my provisional license (driver's permit) and have just started practicing driving around town with Matthew in the car.  I am hoping to take my Theory test (written exam) by the end of the month and starting actual driving lessons by the beginning of May.  Ideally I would like to take (and pass) my test by the end of June.  Here's hoping all goes according to plan.

Matt and I had my first driving experience yesterday.  All in all it went well.  According to Matthew I was a bit to close to the curb (what does he know anyway?) but never hit the curb so that was a success.  It wasn't as weird driving on the left side of the road as I thought it would be.  It was VERY weird driving from the right side of the car.  That will take some getting use to and just felt very weird.  We are hoping to practice several more times in the next few weeks just helping me to get more comfortable and confident behind the wheel and getting use the roundabouts.  So people of Bury St Edmunds...beware!!

Second, I am preparing to take my Science GCSEs.  GCSEs are the exams that 16 year olds in England have take before leaving school at 16.  According to the English I don't have the equivalence for science and have to take this test before pursuing my English teaching qualification.  I have my practical exams in Biology, Chemistry and Physics the first week of May and then my other exams (2 for each subject, multiple choice) in mid-June.  I should find out the results in mid-August.  I am need to get a grade C or higher.  I feel a bit ridiculous having to study and take this exam with 16 year olds but just another hump to get over. 

So now you can see that I really am 26 going on 16...learning to drive and science exam for 16 year olds.  Even though it will be a busy few months ahead with all this on top of work and church it will be worth it!  So please keep us in your prayers as I start taking things that 16 year old has to take with the responsibility of a 26 year old.  Oh the joys...

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