School’s out, forever.
You’re officially just about done with your final Year 12 exams, and probably gearing up for schoolies. The next few months are going to be really busy, no matter what post-school path you’re heading towards.
While you’re busy making plans for the future, the realisation that your primary and secondary school life is over for good will no doubt begin to seep in.
If these feelings of anxiety and nostalgia are starting to hit home, the first thing you need to do is take a deep breath.
And know this: You’re going to be okay.
Read these tips if you’re struggling to deal with the realisation that you’re not going back to school.
Start the practice of keeping in touch with friends now
You’re used to seeing each other every day but now everything's going to change. It’s very common to drift apart from a few friends once school is over, so setting up some good communication habits now will certainly help reduce any heartache down the track.
Facetime each other, write letters to each other, email, Instagram message, instant message, Facebook, Twitter, whatever works best for you. Choose something that will become an easy, effortless habit. It’s worth it to maintain relationships with people you love.
Don’t live in the past
While it’s great to keep in contact with your old friends, it’s also important to allow space for change and let new friends and experiences in. It just means you’ll have even more to tell your besties when you catch up! See change as an opportunity to experience new things and discover aspects of yourself you might not have known existed. It’s an adventure waiting to happen...
You still have the space to make mistakes
When we’re at school, we have the luxury to experiment with different courses, hobbies and interests to help us find out who we are and what we enjoy in a safe, secure space.
That’s not over just because you’re no longer in school! You still have plenty of time to grow and find out what sort of hobbies and careers makes you happy. Get a jump start with our free career quiz, it will help you prepare a list of fun new roles to investigate.
It’s okay to cry
Look, we totally get it. Life after high school can seem pretty scary, and while you’ll very soon realise just how awesome this period of your life is, make sure you let your tears out. Talk to your parents and friends about how you’re feeling, and see if they felt/are feeling the same, you probably won’t be surprised to find out that you’re not alone. And you know what? It’s okay to ask for help. It doesn’t make you weak - it just means you’re human.