We’re nearing the end of the year and the pressure is on to know what you’re doing. Uni preferences are due in, your parents are asking you what you’re doing after grad and your teachers want you to set some solid plans in stone. It can all get a bit hectic, especially when you’re just trying to get through the onslaught of exams and assessments (why do teachers always make everything due in the same week?). If you’re still trying to figure out your plans post high school here’s some things to remember.

1. Stop freaking out

There’s nothing worse than letting yourself get overwhelmed with all the options ahead of you. The more you obsess over figuring out a plan, the harder it’ll be to think clearly. Take a deep breath and think about the situation rationally. Yeah, it might feel like right now whatever you choose to do will define the rest of your life but the reality is, things will change. You might switch degrees, take time off, quit your job, find a new one, lose your friends and make some better ones. Don’t get trapped into thinking that the decision you make when you’re seventeen will define the rest of your life.

2. Don’t compare yourself

Your best friend has been set on being a lawyer since Year 7 and has her whole life mapped out for the next five years. One of your mates has got his flights all booked and itinerary sorted for his trip around Europe after graduation. And you’re just sitting here wondering how they manage to have their life together. Don’t compare yourself to people who seem to have everything planned. You never know how much they might actually be freaking out and it’s not worth your time and energy comparing yourself to them. You’re completely different people and every second you spend thinking about their future is time you could have spent thinking about yours.

3. Sus out all your options

There’s a big wide world out there and a crazy amount of opportunities just waiting for you. There are tonnes of courses, degrees and study pathways that are open and it’s worth looking at options outside your local neighbourhood that you’ve probably spent your entire life in. Places like University of Canberra give you the perf opportunity to get out of home while still studying. Plus, UC graduates have higher starting salaries and a 90% graduate employment rate which is pretty damn high and will keep your ‘rents happy. Don’t limit yourself.

4. Get some quality advice

Sometimes it can feel like you’ve got advice flying at you from every direction. Everyone seems to have an opinion on what you should be doing with your life and you just want to block it all out. While most of the stuff people are saying can be ignored, you’ll want to listen to some of it. Advice from current uni students, recent grads or people doing what you want to do can all be super helpful. Advice from that random aunty who thinks you should become a doctor even though you faint at the sight of blood can definitely be ignored.

5. Give yourself the best chance possible

To keep all your options open, you’re going to want to knuckle down and do the best you can. While marks aren’t everything, they can help make your post-high school journey a whole lot smoother. It’s always worth doing what you can to give future you the best possible chance after grad. Doing your best in Year 12 can open up a lot of choices.

University of Canberra are legends and have made an ace study guide to help you with any exams you have coming up. It’s definitely worth having a look at and is the sort of thing you want to have on hand when you’re knee deep in study notes and freaking out about your exams. Grab a copy here and ace those tests coming up.


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