What we wish we knew at school
End of year exams have you shook? Don’t stress bebe! We share what we learnt along the way and it’ll help you put it all into perspective.
Your guide to a stress-free year
1 Your world is about to get a whole lot bigger. School can feel like it’s everything at the moment, but things that really matter to you now won’t matter as much and other things will suddenly become super important. And that’s fine. 2 You’ll regret spending your time wishing you were older. Right now, you’re making some of the best memories of your life.
3 Grades don’t determine how well you’ll do in life. Rihanna and Harry Styles were high school dropouts and Daniel Radcliffe ditched school to do a little indie film. You might know it. Harry Potter – ring any bells?
4 Cramming for exams doesn’t work. We promise you’ll thank yourself later for putting in a little study time every day, instead of doing it all the night before. It sucks, but repetition is key.
5 In five years, you won’t remember a single question that was in your exams, let alone what your scores were. The numbers don’t matter in the long run.
6 Listen to your mum. Boys can be a bit stupid sometimes.
7 Literally no-one will ask you what your ATAR score was. Ever.
8 The love of your life probably isn’t in your class. While finding a boyfriend can feel more important than anything, you probably won’t find your ride-or-die guy in those walls. Those who do are super lucky (because dating is awkward AF!), but it’s not the norm. Focus on enjoying classes and your friends, and the guy will come.
9 The people who are popular at school usually aren’t in life. Zac Efron was an outsider, Demi Lovato was bullied and Taylor Swift was dumped by the ‘popular’ group.
10 Your teachers are humans, too. While seeing them outside school can be like you’ve seen a turtle missing its shell (awkward and just plain wrong), the majority of them are actually nice people and genuinely want what’s best for you.
11 Making mistakes is totally okay. They’ll be the most important lessons you ever learn.
12 It’s a waste of time trying to be ‘cool’ because it doesn’t mean a thing after high school. Be kind. Work hard. And be a loyal friend.
13 Your parents will get over it if you’re not perfect. While it can feel like they might disown you if you get a less than perfect grade, they will understand. Doing your best is enough.
14 Keep your mental health right. If you’re stressing too much or feeling anxious, ask someone you trust for help and talk it out. You can’t do your best if you’re panicking.
15 You don’t have to dumb yourself down if you’re good at a subject. Embrace it!
16 The thing you get teased about in school will probably be the thing you end up liking most about yourself. Own it.
17 You don’t need to have your life figured out yet. You can change your mind a million times about what you want to do. You’ve got this, girl!