If you’re about to finish school, you’re probably feeling exam stress, or ‘what the hell am I going to do next?’ stress.

All through high school, everyone has told you that your career has a timer on it, and if you don’t throw yourself into some random degree straight from school your life will fall apart around you.

The good news is that’s completely wrong! Here’s why:

There’s no need to rush

I hate to admit it, but teenagers (including myself) are super indecisive and need very well-deserved R&R after high school is over.

You should be chilling out. You should be going out more. You should be living your best life.

The age of people at uni ranges drastically. No one is going to look at you funny if you’re starting uni a little bit later and there’s plenty of people of people who have changed degrees, studied part time, taken semesters off and failed units; it won’t be out of place for you to be there even if you’re not fresh out of high school.

You have so much time, take advantage of it! Uni isn’t going anywhere.

You can travel

Fear of travel is a real thing and leaving the confines and safety of school can be a little bit daunting, especially when comparing it the freedom and unpredictability of exploring the world.

However, you shouldn’t let nerves stop you from seeing the world. Think of all the places you’ve always dreamed about and realise it’s now totally possible to buy  ticket, pack your stuff and go.

Travelling is one of the most worthwhile ways to spend your time and money, with endless options like backpacking, Contiki, Busabout, or set gap year programs (check ’em out here), you can find the perfect way for you to see the world.

You might not know what you want to do

You’re definitely not alone in not having any bloody clue about what you want to do and the stress from external pressures can be super overwhelming.

If you’re rushing into a degree purely because everyone has been grilling you, take a second to stop and think about whether  there’s anything that actually appeals to you about that degree.

Spend time thinking, spend time not thinking; find out who you are outside of school- this could drastically change what you’re thinking about doing.

Remember, uni is always going to be there for you later and you might as well make the most of your chance to make mistakes, mess things up and have a good time while you can.