My daughter has passed her final secondary school exams! Her last grade came in late yesterday afternoon and was very good, so today it was time to hang out the flag with her schoolbag attached, as is the custom in The Netherlands when you pass your school exams.
She already received her gift last week, as we knew then that she’d be passing. Mr Esther had ordered a Chromebook for her (she didn’t own a laptop yet, was always borrowing my husband’s Chromebook) and we couldn’t wait to actually give it to her. She was extremely pleased and totally deserved it. Today, with her latest grade in, it’s official and the flag is up.
As for her future: mini-me has been accepted into nursing school but after much discussion and weighing the pros and cons has instead decided she wants to move on to higher secondary education. What she really wants to be one day is a paramedic. One route to do that is going the vocational education route (four years of nursing school) and then moving on to training for ER nurse and then paramedic. However, that would mean she also has to do all kinds of nursing that she doesn’t necessarily want to do (lots of emphasis on care for the elderly and the handicapped in nursing school). If she goes for the higher secondary education route it will take her two years to get that diploma. She can then move on to an applied sciences university where she can go straight into paramedic training. So, that’s her choice now, with a little more time for her to just be a teen for a while (she’s only 16 after all) instead of getting serious straight away as a nurse. We’re awfully proud of our little big girl!