Whether you like it or not, graduating high school changes everything. The thought of this can be pretty scary and we get it- school has been your life for the past 13 years. It’s familiar and secure but life after high school can get way better. Here are a few things we think change for the good:

1. Friendships

After graduating you’ll inevitably drift from some of your high school mates. It may seem shitty at the time but in reality those friendships weren’t made to last. Not to say they weren’t fun but some high school friends are ‘convenience friends’.

You probably only spoke to each other because you caught the same bus or you were assigned seats next to each other. The friends that stick around will be the ones that actually mean something and now you’ll meet people in the real word through things you actually love like music gigs and travelling.

These guys will stick around for the long haul.

2. Learning

Believe it or not there will come a point where you genuinely love learning. Now that you don’t have to find the x axis or conclude why the curtains in the novel are blue, your attitude towards learning will change.

Now it’s up to you- read whatever book you want, teach yourself to weave, learn how to abseil, go to Norway and learn about politics. The best part? You get to choose what you fill your brain with, and it doesn’t have to be equations or English essays if you don’t want it to be.

3. Your skin

Time for the pimples to start clearing up baby, woohoo!

4. Independence

Graduating marks the beginning of real freedom. Chances are you’ll have your P’s (unless you’re that guy who’s still on his L’s- seriously get your shit together), maybe a car and pretty close to 18 (if you’re not already there).

You’ll be able to live a life outside bell times and class timetables and people will start to let you live your own life.

5. Sex

Yeah, ‘nuff said.

6. Sibling relationships

Now you’re out of the pressure cooker called school you’ll have tons more time to spend with your family. You’ll be more mature and begin to really value your family relationships. No more door slamming and stealing clothes, instead you can drive each other places and maybe even go travelling together.

Without the stress of your final years on your shoulders you’ll be able to appreciate the people who love you unconditionally a lot more and things will get better.

7. Money

Wave goodbye to shitty $12/hour wages! There will be plenty of new employment opportunities to make decent money so now you can save.

Even better, you won’t have to beg your parents for cash each time you go out- you’re in control. But remember to spend wisely, being fully in charge of your money for the first time can be confusing. Stay on top of tax and all that fun stuff.

8. Your understanding of the world

As a kid most of us are relatively sheltered from issues of the world, which is both good and bad. Sure, sometimes ignorance is bliss but being aware of the world around you is one of the many responsibilities that come with leaving high school.

The happenings of our society really do affect you now and you’ll start to understand things in the bigger scheme of things like voting, politics and the environment.

9. Travel

When you finish high school you’ll be free to decide how, why  and when you want to travel. Whether road tripping across Australia or back packing through Europe is your thing, you’ll be able to do it.

It’s sad to leave behind the days of family holidays where everything was planned and paid for by your ‘rents, but it’s only after high school that you get a chance to really go travelling.

10. Drama

You won’t have to put up with the high school drama that comes with people breaking up and getting back together. Petty arguments about who is hanging out with who will be in the past and the days of picking sides are over.

Yeah, there’s still some pretty shitty people in the world that you’re going to have to deal with. But high school is built on hormones and emotions and being confined to the four walls of a classroom often doesn’t help. Once you finish you’ll be able to ditch the drama.