I know a lot of you DO NOT want to hear it, but it has to be said…it is almost time to go back to school! I think school is something we all have mixed emotions about, some people absolutely HATE it while a (very) few people share their love for it. However, although I wasn’t a fan of the very early mornings and stress of exams, I did love seeing my friends every single day, learning about the subjects I loved and being in an environment where I felt motivated and valued.
As some of you may know, this September I’m not going back to school as I’m FREAKING STARTING UNIVERSITY?! It’s honestly crazy that I have finished ‘school’ forever, and I’m not going to lie- I may be a lil’ sad about it LOL, but I am really looking forward to university. I really believe your school journey is such an important time as you’re gaining knowledge and whatnot, but at the same time you’re also growing up and becoming YOU. Although I 100% learned a LOAD of stuff in school, I definitely learned a lot outside the classroom with the experiences that I went through. So, I thought I’d share the life lessons school taught me when I wasn’t sitting at a desk (which undoubtedly had chewing gum stuck to it, gross).
How to get ready in ten minutes LOLZ
Although this isn’t a very serious/deep one- it is 100 PERCENT TRUE. On the weekends, I can take a good few hours getting ready at a leisurely pace, but for school, there have been times (more than I care to admit) that I have slept through my alarm resulting in having approx ten minutes to do hair, makeup, outfit, eat and brush my teeth- easy right? School had made me A LOT more organised and manage my time so much better, so hopefully, at university, I will never be too late! (Let’s see how long that lasts haha!).
Perfection is unrealistic
Like many others I’m sure, most of my life I have held the mentality that everything I do has to be perfect; my grades, projects, the way I present myself and so on. Having this mindset was beneficial as I worked super hard and achieved a lot. However, I definitely believe that thinking like this has a really negative effect as it leads to such an immense pressure to do well, making you so demoralised when you do not achieve what you desire. I’m not going to lie, it took me all the way to Year 13 to actually accept that I cannot be perfect. My whole school journey I wanted the A*s and 100%s, but I really changed my perspective in my final year cause it was so blooming hard, but also acknowledging how far I had come since Year 7 and be proud of myself no matter what.
You are so much stronger than you think
I have to say that I did love school and really look back on my experience fondly. But, the harsh reality is that during school I did experience some of the worst events and feelings in my entire life. Without all the details, I did have a load of awful days that I will never forget and dark times which are pretty awful to think back now. When looking back from where I am now, it’s crazy how different I am and how I feel now. It’s made me realise that I am a strong person and no matter how crap life is treating me, I will always make it through.
Appreciate things and live in the moment
When in school, you always get comments from those older than you “it goes so fast” and “those are the best days of your life” which I found so annoying at the time but now I’ve finished, I’m going to be the annoying one and say that it’s SO TRUE. Though it feels LONG at the time, school is over an done as soon as you know it. Appreciate your friends, teachers, and freedom and just enjoy every moment you can. Work hard and enjoy every lesson you’re in and grasp every opportunity to get at school as they will form memories you will never forget- I know I definitely won’t.
Obviously, school is there to teach us important, academic concepts to give us a greater understanding of how the world around us works. However, I do believe the lessons learned outside the classroom are of equal importance as they are lessons that I will appreciate throughout my life.
What are some lessons school has taught you outside the classroom?
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