As it was soon the end (finally) of my time in that prison, I was looking forward to the end.
I had mixed feelings. On one hand, I was ecstatic and couldn’t wait for the end. I was equally sad and I was so upset that things didn’t work out and I felt responsible. In order to forget my troubles at school, I would watch films in the cinema with my mum and my sister, I would read books but I enjoyed listening to music, especially Tupac Shakur who was seen as a rebel like me. I enjoyed the way he expressed his anger and frustration in his lyrics. I felt like I understood him without understanding English. I was also intrigued about the East coast and West coast rivalry. I think his popularity was due to his larger than life personality and all his controversies. Despite that Tupac is no longer with us, he has left a huge legacy through his poetry, his music and his films which are still admired even studied today.
Who was Tupac Shakur? Tupac was an American rapper. His music was so amazing and he sold many albums. His music told stories about racism, injustice and his problems too. I loved his music and I was his fan. Tupac was also an actor and the actress Jada Pinkett Smith was his best friend. Unfortunately, Tupac died very young, he was only 25 years old. He has sold about 75 million albums so far. He is considered one of the best rappers of all times.
Just like Tupac who had many problems with justice and other rappers, I had my ongoing problems too with my teacher and classmates. I was still involved in fights and argument with both girls and boys. I clearly was not helping myself in that class.
The teacher set us a topic to present for the whole class. I was struggling to get it done by myself. For the first and only time, he thoroughly supported me to get it done. He requested for me to do research and summarise my research which I did. I managed to do it and present it. That skill allowed me to research properly still now. I wish I had his support from the beginning and probably my grades could have been better.
We reached the end of the year. We had one task left to do, we were all required to produce a sketch and then present it to everyone. Since my amazing research, and inspired by Tupac, I overdid my sketch and had a A4 paper both side. A friend asked me to pair up with him, me and him were the only mixed raced children in the class and he had his issues with the teacher just like me. I accepted but when it was for my sketch, no one wanted to pair up with me. The teacher then chose a few classmates to pair up with me. When it was time for everyone to present their sketch, it was quite fun. My one was so awkward because my classmates were forced against their will. Nevertheless, it was done.
I have no idea how but I managed to pass my year to move on to year 6, my classmate didn’t (the other mixed raced one). I was just glad to leave and never come back. Of course I didn’t leave without causing troubles. I had a few last fights and arguments on the last day.
I was so ready for my new adventures. It was goodbye Adrien-Jeandin and hello to my new school. I was told I would be going to a boarding school. Therefore, my last year of primary school would be in a Catholic school ran by nuns, just as it was when I first started school at the very beginning when we came to live in Geneva.