With the growing need for ID’s, and the hopes of university applications, seventeen year olds, like myself, are finding it tricky to balance educational commitments and new, exhilarating socialising. 

Therefore, my ambition for 2018 is optimism. Teenagers are pulled into an overwhelming competitive environment. Adults, who have experienced these challenges, no doubt have some sympathy.

I’m sure the stereotype of wanting to build a portfolio of properties and a prosperous job has been imprinted into your brain from TV, too; for me the reality of this future prospect is inevitably false and what’s important is to be part of a diverse community made up of people’s different aspirations, uniqueness and individuality.

My ambition, to remain sanguine, will allow me to strive, like many teenagers hope too, to take on the extensive opportunities available (and compile a large personal statement that will accentuate my qualities).

But even though my ambition could be perceived as too optimistic, as an independent teenager, who only wants to achieve the best, why wouldn’t I want to overestimate my ambition?

The demand from social aspects of being a teenager, as many adults are familiar with, and the want to be independent and “old”, offers opportunities a curriculum cannot prepare you for. We all want to enjoy all cultures, in our communities or in the wider world.

But there is also the drive to succeed in A Levels to get the best start in life: it is difficult to prevent things from de-balancing the harmony. But, with the New Year on the horizon, I will remain optimistic for my future as an aspiring (and balanced) student.


New year. Improved me? Endless ambitions(necessary to ameliorate our self-absorbed lives and be more focused and desire-driven) enter the forefront of our minds.

As individuals from an array of backgrounds we all have different outlooks on life and what we want from life depends upon how we perceive our surroundings.

Nonetheless, we all peruse our New Years with specific ‘fundamental’ ideologies that we know we can’t hold ourselves to for too long.

The good old, ‘In 2018, I’m going to make myself a better person’, is as tiring as it sounds. But you would be kidding yourself if this statement hasn’t crossed your mind recently.

Yet, more often than not, ‘My ambition for the year is to lose weight and become fit and healthy’.

Subconsciously, that thought always seems to seep into my mind during the festive period whilst indulging in my ‘final’ chocolate, as I’m sure this is the case for many of us; which succours to reduce the guilt, slightly.

Astonishingly, for 2018 I have taken the decision to change things up and be more realistic about my ambitions, whilst still being something attainable.

Yes, I do still want to be a ‘better person’, and become ‘fit and healthy’, but outside these basic aspirations,

I intend on balancing my life that bit further: I will make time for certain moments. I intend on prioritising more significant aspects of life, like spending more quality time with my family, or on an everyday basis being able to alleviate my stress in an efficient way.

My 2018? Affirmative change and gratification.


2018:  a year of hope. With personal aims to pass GCSEs, and get into college, the days when my strongest desire was to get the last muffin in the canteen must unfortunately come to an end. 

As my bucket list slides to the bottom of my priorities and my ambitions to play in the World Cup (due to a pulled hamstring) are sadly pushed to one side, I hardly have time to tick off more than what’s needed.

Taking their place, creeps in physical trauma, blistered feet and all the anguish which accompanies my goal to pass DofE; instead of learning how to roll sushi, a former ambition of mine, I will aspire to accumulate as many precious UCAS points as possible so I can get into my dream university, LSE.

Attaining my ambitions for 2018 is crucial for the years succeeding it – ultimately fulfilling a personal desire to earn more than my parents (to have a family, to pay that mortgage…).

So yes, my ambitions are standard, seemingly boring; although I do want to try crazy challenges and change the world, I have many academic things to achieve.

So 2018, for me, is full of hope. But I do want to inspire, you, dear reader, to get up and go out. Fulfil your ambitions, even if you have to be patient.


Thank you to Abbie Law  and Nikita Sahni from Year 12 and Nadia Ilyas from Year 11 at Nottingham High School, for telling us about your ambitions for 2018! 

We at IN Magazine hope you’re successful with your ambitions in 2018 and beyond!