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Life After School

16 January 2015

Today's post is a little different from my usual fashion and beauty posts, but it's something that has been on my mind lately. Last June, I did my final school exams. Saying (or typing) that feels odd because it honestly feels like a life time ago. Some people have very fond memories of secondary school and while I did have happy times there, it just wasn't for me. 

I didn't like the fact that my exams were based on how much information I could memorise and not what I actually understood or could do. I'm a very practical and logical thinker, so cramming mindless information didn't go well with me.

Never the less, I made it through the six years in one piece and now I'm in college doing something I absolutely love. I get up in the morning and I'm actually excited about what I'll learn that day. It was only after I got to college that I realised my mum was right, school is just a means to an end. It's very easy to become overwhelmed with exams and forget that your life is much bigger than a few grades on a piece of paper.

I think the important thing to remember as you go through school is that everyone is fighting the same battle. We've all been there. Putting your head down and just learning to grin and bear it is the best option if you are like I was. It may not have felt like it at the time but my last year of school really flew.

Life after school is sort of funny in a way. After so many years of constantly having a test every week, or exams looming, it's strangely calm. Not that that's a bad thing, I mean it was absolute heaven to do nothing but have fun and relax for almost three months.

One thing I noticed when I finished school was my relationships with people. In school there are a lot of fake 'friendships' that are simply maintained because you have to see people everyday. I went to an all girls school so as can be expected of teenage girls, friendships were sometimes very fickle. Six months after my final exam and I only regularly talk to about eight girls I went to school with. Which is perfectly fine with me as I love them but it just goes to show that some relationships are only formed out of convenience. 

So if you are still in school, either in your final year or wishing you were there, just remember, it's not the be all and end all. School will end and you'll move onto bigger and better things, and all the exam stress, friendship struggles and pointless homework will be over.

I hope you enjoyed this post, thanks for reading!

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