Hello lovely heaters,

We all know school is important for teaching us things like maths, science and how to read and write. But as I turn 18 today and my schooling journey comes to a close with my final exam today as well, I would like to share with you all a few things school taught me. Not by my teachers, but that I discovered for myself, that I would love to share with you. Enjoy :)

1. trust your instincts, and make your own choices

Throughout your schooling year, especially in High School, there is obviously always going to be moments where you will need to make decisions for yourself. Whether it be what subjects you pick, or if you decide to join a club or not. But do not let those around you and your friends influence the decisions you make. It is often hard to resist just following your friends. By doing so you know you’ll always have someone with you and don’t have to worry about anyone being judgemental of the decisions you make. But I warn you, do not do this. Stay true to who you are and do not let anyone or their judgmental thoughts influence what you decide to do with your time in school.

School is a place to learn and grow, and by not taking the opportunities you want to, you will surely miss this and one day you will look back and only wished you had. So please, if an opportunity arrises that you wish to take, take it, it could just lead to many great things.

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2. be nice to your friends

Remember when we were all younger and we all absolutely loved and adored Hannah Montana? Well I strongly believe throughout our whole lives we keep close to our hearts two very important words she once sung, ‘nobody’s perfect’, because truly no one really is. Throughout your time at school I can assure you, you’ll definitely see friends come and go - it’s just what growing up is all about.

But if a friendship is to end, let it end out of growth from both parties. Do not let your friendships end because of a silly little fight or argument, or because you were upset by someones actions. Do not blow small things out of proportion. This year a little misunderstanding between friends caused me to lose by best friend in my senior year. This isn’t something anybody wants.

So please keep in mind that as we go through our teen years and school becomes more stressful, that people will always make mistakes - ‘nobody’s perfect’. Love your friends for who they are and support and care for them as they grow into new, beautiful people.

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3. do not rush your time at school

Now be sure while at school there will certainly be times when you wish it would all just be over. The stress and lack of sleep will make you want to go on a permanent vacation. But do not let this stop you from enjoying school, because it truly is a wonderful place. Make friends, create memories, remember all the times of laughter, and the times you sat in the sun with your friends at lunch. Learn as much as you can, enjoy your studies and let them guide and shape you to become the person you are destined to be (yes, that sounded corny, I know, I’m very sorry).

These moments of laughter and learning are truly the best. Do not rush through school and wish you were done today. Of course you will be completely relieved once you are finished, but one day you will look back and wish you could return. Once it’s over you are free to live your own life and do what you want to do. But once it is over it also means it will never return. Enjoy your moments at school, and do not rush days just because you wish school was over. Enjoy yourself and your time spent at school. Love every moment, and do not forget it.

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4. take pride in what you achieve

It is important during school to focus on what you want to achieve, and not to worry about other’s successes. Sure you can be happy for those around you when they achieve greatness, and you should always congratulate them. But do not worry about doing as well as your friends - strive to achieve what you want, and do your best. Personally for quite a lot of my schooling, I always put pressure on myself to do as well as my friends. Don’t ask me why, I just did. But then one day I just started focusing on what grades I wanted to achieve. And soon enough I stopped focusing on matching my friends, and I was instead getting the grades I wanted and feeling content.

Take pride in the work you produce and the grades you achieve. After all, you are you, and you should be proud of what you do. Get as much feedback on your work as you can. Ask questions. Strive to do your best. Do not let your grades define you though. At the end of the day they are just letters, and after all of your schooling and studying, they really won’t mean a thing. Just be proud of your work.

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So there you go. There is what I have personally learnt from my time at school. And as my school chapter comes to a close, I can honestly say I actually really loved it. Even though there were times that I really did just want to drop out, I pushed through and I can proudly say that I did my best and I couldn’t be happier.

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To those who are still attending school, enjoy it, learn lots, make tons of friends, and become who you want to be.

Thank you for reading,
Lots of love ✿ xoxo ✿

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November 6th 2018 - 10:51pm