01 March 2018

some advice about school

I was recently sorting out university applications and it got me thinking about school - not exactly the thing you want to do at eleven pm, but sometimes that just happens. That being said, I thought I'd give out some more unsolicited advice for anyone who might need it, this time specifically on the topic of everyone's (least) favourite thing: school.

You don't have to know what you want to do with your life at age fifteen.
I had a rough idea at that time, and went to a high school closest associated with the field I wanted to work in, but over the time I developed other interests I'd love to pursue now - I'll never be able to do so with some of them because high school didn't teach me enough to get in to a university that teaches that subject, let alone get a job in the field. That being said though...

If you're curious about something you never learned at school, learn somewhere else.
Take online courses. Sign up for cooking classes. Buy textbooks and learn yourself. If you're passionate about learning a certain subject, you don't have to go to school to learn it. Did you realise you want to become a florist after leaving high school? Go to a course!Want to become a doctor but you had no biology at school? Buy a freaking textbook. Take an online course. Shape your own future. Learn new things. 

It's okay to fail.
No one is good at everything, so don't beat yourself up over not knowing how to do something. Much more importantly, don't be afraid to ask for help as soon as you can. If you were ill and missed lessons, ask the teacher if they could send you some materials so that you can catch up. Help your friends study and ask them to help you with things you don't understand. And remember: you can only do your best, and as long as you did, that's all anyone can ask of you. 

High school probably won't be "the best time of your life".
Don't stress over it too much. You'll probably stop talking to the majority of people from high school the moment you graduate. I'm not telling you to become a hermit, but let's be real: most of the people in your class probably won't like you for one reason or another. Maybe you're the annoying teacher's pet. Maybe you constantly smell like weed. Maybe you talk in class and disturb everyone else. Other people will always find a reason to dislike you. Don't worry about it.

Stay organised.
Look, I know every other adult person tells you to do this, but seriously: do your homework as soon as you get it. Get a planner or a bullet journal and write all your appointments and deadlines into it. Plan out your studying for bigger exams and revise between classes - what I found works for me is writing my class notes by hand and then typing them into my computer so that I can come back to them when I need to study for exams and I don't have to stress over my messy as shit handwriting. 

You don't have to go to university.
Some people are really not good at studying. If you're one of those people, university might not be for you and that's okay. There's plenty of things you can do without a university degree, and while having one might get you some jobs faster, it's not impossible to work your way up from an entry level job.

Get enough sleep.

and, most importantly... don't stress too much. It'll all turn out okay.

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