Year 12 will probably be one of the most influential years of your life. I learnt so much about myself, about others and (this will sound so cheesy) the importance of having solid friendships in my final year of high school.

There’s a tonne of different things that happen throughout the year: muck up days, athletics carnivals, awards nights, major work presentations, formal and grad, just to name a few.

While most of my year was documented by sending my friends videos of me crying before my exams or having a breakdown after leaving an assignment to the very last minute, you have the opportunity to hold onto your precious memories in much better ways.

And trust me when I say you’ll regret it if you don’t start keeping track of your year right now. 

Pick one (or all) of these methods and permanently document all the shenanigans (good and bad) that come with your final year of high school. You’ll thank me later.

1. Year book

Sometimes your school will organise this, but most won’t so, if you’re willing to put your hand up, you have the opportunity to spearhead the official year-long document.

While it’s probably going to be a collaborative effort making the big, burly book (making sure you get snaps of every group at every event is a mammoth task, not to mention actually getting everyone to submit a Year 12 quote), it’s a pretty amazing keepsake to look back on in the years to come.

2. A selfie a day

I tried this, and failed, but that doesn’t mean you will!

Basically, all you have to do is grab a friend or two, and take a selfie every day of Year 12, and at the end, you’ll be able to see how the never-ending and crippling stress of study has transcended your looks into that of an elderly person!

3. Disposables

If you haven’t started playing around with disposables yet:

  1. You’re missing out and,
  2. Your Instagram is missing out

Disposable cameras are a fun way to capture really special moments, and having a collection of pictures throughout your final year, of your favourite people, is something you’ll be really grateful you did in years to come.

Although slightly exxy, the excitement that comes with not seeing the snaps immediately is almost addictive and if you can hold off until the very end of the year to get them developed, it’ll be like Christmas finally seeing all your photos.

4. Scrapbook

If you’ve got your disposables down pat, the perfect place to store them is in your very own scrapbook. Scrapbooking is an amazing way to procrastinate study in your final year and show off your arts and craft prowess while you’re at it.

Chuck in everything from movie tickets, festival wristbands and any awards you manage to nab throughout the year. If writing is your thing, you can even put in little descriptions or your favourite memories from events.

A scrapbook is less cringe-y to look back on than a journal but still lets you hold onto those important memories.

5. End of year video

Probably the most memorable part of my graduation was all the videos people had created to commemorate the year.

We had a sensible, appropriate video at our graduation dinner for parents and teachers.

A second video was made up of interviews at our grad ceremony and the third video was just for us students and broadcast at our formal.

It was organised entirely by us and we had our funniest footage of people drunk at parties, mucking around in class and all the other memories we didn’t want our parents to see.

If you’re going to go with that last option, just check with your mates that they’re cool with being in it before you show everyone how they got blind at a party and started throwing up on themselves.

Some of these options could feel like a waste of time for you; something that you can’t really be bothered to follow through with. But looking back, I’m so glad I have all of these memories documented in a way that captured the best and worst parts of my school experience.