Welcome back to school everyone! 🙂
I hope you had a great break over Christmas and got to enjoy the lovely summer weather. For many of you (if not all!) I’m sure it’s a bit of a horrible feeling going back to the old grind – getting up early, sitting in class all day, then going home with a ton of homework and study to do. It’s definitely not anyone’s idea of fun! But there are always the positives to consider.
You get to see all your friends again, maybe get back to playing sport for your school or taking part in other school social activities. And whether you’re in year 11 or year 12, it’s really not that much longer until you’re finished school. So you might as well enjoy your time there while you can as many of those friends you may not see again afterwards (or as much), as you all head down your separate paths. And I have to say, there’s a lot to look forward to after school, whether you decide to study further at Uni or elsewhere, get a job or go travelling.
I went to Uni after school, worked part-time, travelled on my summer breaks and then went straight into my full-time job after graduating. I found Uni to be more hard work of classes, study etc., but with a lot more freedom and enjoyment. There are always tonnes of societies to join for every interest, sports you can play and parties to go to! Working part-time and earning my own money gave me the freedom to spend money on what I wanted including those parties and holidays. The freedom that Uni gives you means it’s also up to you to make sure you attend your classes (or at least as many of them as you can!) as at the end of the day it’s for your own benefit. It also makes it much easier when it comes to exam time.
There’s nothing worse than having to ask all your classmates for copies of their notes of the classes you missed and then also try to get them to explain the concepts to you. This also applies of course to your HSC courses. If you put in the effort now to attend your classes, take notes, listen then revise regularly, you will have such an easier time when it comes to your exams and won’t need to cram near as much! Then of course you can get the grades you need to get that Uni course or job you want so that you can go on to have a more fulfilled and fun life!
So what are your goals for after school? Do you intend to go to Uni, TAFE etc.? Maybe you want to travel the world first? Or go straight into a job and start earning some serious dough?! Once you’ve decided, work back and think what you need out of your HSC to help you get there. What grades do you need to get into that course or to impress your potential future employers? Now think, what should I be doing during the school year to help me achieve those goals. Figure out a schedule of times for your homework and study. Also factor in time for your other activities such as sport, friends, TV etc. Then make it into a habit that you start early and continue throughout the year. That way you won’t have to stress towards the end of the year when the exams come up as you will have put in the work already.
So why not leave a comment below and let us know what your goals are for the HSC and for after school? We’d love to hear them. Then you can come back every now and then throughout the year and remind yourself of your goals and intentions to get you back on track.
Good luck settling back into school and enjoy!