Right now, the end of Year 12 probably resembles a tiny, blurred dot so far off in the distance you have to squint and turn your head to the side to see if it is even there at all.
As much as it’s going to feel like a hard slog, this is your only crack at your final year of high school so you might as well give it your all, work hard and do your best to enjoy it along the way.
1. Avoid a negative attitude
It is so easy to get caught up in a seriously unhealthy mindset while finishing high school.
You know the drill, you get a disappointing result on something you studied really hard for and your best mate, who claims that they “didn’t even study,” gets a higher mark than you did.
This is where it can be hard to keep positive; Year 12 is so fast paced that you don’t really get a chance to recover properly and you can fall into the trap of questioning why you should even be putting in the effort in the first place.
But, we’ve all been there and you need to go easy on yourself.
Give yourself some time to be disappointed but don’t let yourself drown in the negativity. Talk to people about it, ask your teachers how you can get better, rant to your friends about how hard Maths is and moan to your parents about how the school won’t stop giving you homework.
Then snap out of it, do the work and find a way to get better for next time.
2. Ditch crap people
This is probably one of the toughest assignments of Year 12; finding a group of mates who are happy for you when you’re doing your thing.
Year 12 changes people in different ways; some people will only care about parties and others are going to be totally focused on their marks.
There’s no denying it; Year 12 is a super stressful year so you can’t afford to keep toxic people around. Surround yourself with people that celebrate your success and support you when you need it.
Remember, the people that don’t build you up aren’t the sort of people you need to keep around. Your crew is out there, you just need to find them.
3. Don’t compare yourself to others
Just because someone says they studied for five hours, doesn’t mean your 90 minute study sesh was a waste of time.
If you compare your all-night cramming to the girl who has a million colour coded flash cards, you’re going to spend your year in a spiral of stress and anxiety. Just focus on yourself, do what works for you and don’t get caught up comparing yourself to everyone else.
4. Avoid going too hard too soon
You know the saying, it’s a marathon, not a sprint; you’ve probably heard all your teachers waffle on about it constantly. But it’s true.
Don’t go in all guns blazing week one. Take the first few weeks of school to warm yourself up and work into it at a pace you’re comfortable with. It’ll take a while to adjust to being back at school after hanging out on the beach all summer, in addition to understanding the new expectations of Year 12.
Avoid getting caught in the trap of using this as an excuse, but when you see the finish line creeping up, get ready to sprint on the home stretch.
5. Don’t forget to enjoy your teenage years
Having said all this, the final years of school will go by in the blink of an eye and then all of a sudden you’ll be a ‘real adult’ doing real adult things (whatever that means).
So enjoy it; take a weekend off studying and go on a road trip with your mates, enjoy turning eighteen and have a massive party with memories that your friends will never let you live down and don’t forget to laugh instead of cry.
Year 12 is tough, yeah, but you’re going to come out the other side with a tonne of memories and the satisfaction of knowing that you made it through.
by Amie Biggs