I started my compulsory education at primary school in Prušánky
when I was seven years old. My school attendance was postponed because of my poor
health and I am still afraid that it will have a negative effect to my future
life. When I was in the first class I was dreaming about becoming a doctor. My
GP did not recommend it to me because of my health. But I kept this idea. I have
very nice memories to this school. I was taught here how to read and count and
the base of other subject as biology, geography and Russian. I started playing
flute, the guitar and the violin. I was going out with my friends and playing
games. When I was twelve I passed an entrance test to Grammar school in Hodonín.
At first I was very happy. But suddenly comes problems. We were attending a building
of primary school in Red houses in other part of the town and teachers were coming
there because there was no room in Grammar school building. We were small and
it was a difficult for teachers, because they did not know how to handle with
us. I remember one day when I got three from Math, I cried. I thought that it
is a bad mark. And was not only me. At the beginning of the second year we moved
to this building.
State school buildings in our country are very similar. There are differences only in size and number of pupils, who attend them, so I was not surprised when I saw the Grammar school building for first time. It is quite a large with a few floors and a sports-ground. At the entrance there is a schools service, a student, who is noticing visitors and helps them. In a basement there is a cloakroom, where each pair of students has a small metal wardrobe. There is also a boiler room. Above cloakroom there is assembly hall with a stage and chairs. On the ground floor there is a gymnasium, private flat, school-canteen. There are arranged important meetings. On the second floor there is a library, headmaster office, secretary office and a common room. On each floor there are classrooms, teacher offices, notice boards at the hallways walls and, of course, a WC. Except classroom there are in our school also some labs, physic, biologic, chemistry, and two special classrooms with computers.
An ordinary classroom has three rows of desks and a teacher's desk. In front of the classroom there is a blackboard with chalk and a sponge, these things are replaced now a days by a marker and a cloth. At wall there is a notice board and some pictures or some maps. In the corner there is a washing basin and a waste bin. In some classes there is also a video, televisions and overhead projector.
But the school is not only a building full of classrooms. In school there are my friends, my classmates. I spent with them eight years of my life. We were arguing but also we tried to help each other. We were going on trips together, to the discos, celebrating birthdays, etc. At grammar school I had also some hobbies. I still was playing violin and I started to play viola. I'm not playing it any more. I was leading a scout group. I spent a lot of time by preparing games for my "young girls". We were making trips to the countryside, having a tent camp. They were like my children. I was very happy but I have to leave them because I was having less time as I was growing. And the learning in the school was harder.
Now I am in the last class and I am going to graduate. I hope that after graduation I will be able to study at the university. I prefer a technical university. I want to study maths and physic or computer science. These subjects are my favourite subjects. But I like foreign languages as well. If I couldn't get to a technical university I would like to study languages, especially English. To be true I am very interesting in it. I have been studying English for eight years, but if you want to speak excellently, three lessons a week aren't enough. For this reason I was studying a Language school and last year I passed my state test from English. But I still fell that I can be better. I was in England too. And this year I come there again. Here I haven't got a lot of opportunity to improve my language. I try reading English books, listen to the Blue Danube Radio and watching films in original. I have also two English Bibles. Of course, when I was younger I wanted to be an English teacher but I'm not very keen on this idea now. However English is my biggest hobby, it isn't the only language I want to study. I love French for its nice sound.
After my graduation I want to apply for study at university. I want to become an architect. It isn't just a dream. I'm working on it but I know that it will be very hard. As I said I like maths and arts and I think that this type of school will suite for me. Of course I am quite said that in this type of school they don't prefer languages. They prefer only science. So I wanted to find a school, where are languages and science together. It is in Charles University, where is a new faculty of computer engineering. Graduates are expected to translate computer programs from English to Czech, so if I entered this school I could study both, English and science. But this depends on my entrance test. To be true, my parents are against this decision. They want me to study Law. I am not interesting in it. I am not fond of learning by heart. My parents argument by money. They want to see to earn big money. I don't think, that this is the purpose of life. You can earn millions and you can still be unhappy and commit a suicide. I also thing that if you are honest, you cannot have a big money even if you are a lawyer.
After my studies or during my studies on holidays I want to see some foreign country. Travelling is expensive but there are many tips for young people how to travel cheaper. They can go as an au pair to some English speaking country to improve the language and to know the custom and the mentality of the people. I was in a Britain to learn some theological terminology because I'm protestant and my pastor needs an interpreter. Many foreign missionaries come to our church and we need to understand them. I lived there in a Christian family and I paid only the bus ticket. I am looking forward to see them again. I also want to see United States but this is only a wild dream for the present.
Of course, I don't want to spend my whole life with studying or travelling all around the world. I want to set my own family, run my own household and bring up children. I want to marry after my graduation at the university. I am engaged to a boy, who is studying Economy University in Prague. If everything goes well we can marry after the studies. When I got married, I want to have two children, a boy and a girl but this is not a condition. I want to live in a detached house in a village or in the edge of a town. I don't like to live in a block of flats; they are like boxes for rabbits. I don't want in the centre of the town because of air pollution. My fiancé and me have problem with breathing, but I also don't want to live a very fast from a town. In town there is a better chance to use your knowledge, abilities and to build up your career. Everything has its advantages and disadvantages. Now a day also villages are polluted very badly. Sometimes I thing that end of this world is very, very near. I think that people are going to destroy themselves.
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