Life After high school

You’ve graduated, school is over, schoolies is over, and you’re waiting for you ATAR results impatiently. You feel like your whole life might depend on this score, and for some that might be right. But I’m here to tell you, if you don’t get the score you were after, your life isn’t going to shatter into a million pieces. And if you get the score you want, congratulations! You’ve earned it! As a uni student, here are some things I wish someone told me after graduating, instead finding out myself and looking like an idiot doing it.

Nobody cares about your ATAR score after high school
I know, the number you worked all year to get is useless after getting into uni. I remember comparing mine with my friends as the came out in excitement. But at uni you forget all about them. Seriously nobody cares. I know, I was kinda shocked too.

Lots of people still don’t have a ‘plan’
Some people go to uni because they don’t know what else to do, or they like to learn. As an arts student, I found that a lot of people were studying Arts because they didn’t know what they wanted to do. I thought, Why are you spending money on courses when you don’t know what you wanna do?!? Why?! Save yourself! Moral of the story: it’s okay if you don’t have a plan either. No rush!

Experiences are priceless
Fresh out of high school, people expect you to A) go do some higher education, B) get a job or C) have a gap year. Sometimes I wish I had a gap year, and just did things that were out of my comfort zone. Gone on a solo trip, a music festival, drove around Australia, just life experiences.

You’re going to lose friends and make new ones
I assure you that after high school you’re going to loose touch with some friends, but you will make new ones. It’s only natural that some people figure out you don’t have anything in common other than the fact you went to the same school, and drift apart. The friends you make after at Tafe or Uni will have common goals and similarities and you can complain about assignments and other people together. These friendships will be different, but ultimately just as important!

No matter what you do after high school, make sure you please no one but yourself, and take your time because life is a marathon (corny I know, but it’s true).

What do you think? What advice would you share? I’d love to know, thanks for reading!

Laura x

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