Exams are finally over, and yesterday I was whisked off to my leavers dinner, at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow. I can't believe that I have officially graduated and finished school- I feel like this marks the end of a chapter in my life, and there's a sense of expectation for the future looming. My time at school has taught me more than just mathematical equations and psychological theories (thank goodness) and so I thought it would be quite nice to look back at a few of the things I've learnt over the course of my final year.
1. You can't force friendships, and it's only inevitable that you will drift away from some of your friends- even the ones who have been by your side since the start of primary school. It's not always a bad thing, it's just a part of growing up and becoming more independent.
2. Don't wear makeup to bed, unless you want to wake up in the morning looking like a panda with dry skin and 29745073 spots all over your face. Your teachers are likely to repeatedly ask you if you're sick and want to go home.
3. It's important to rest when your body tells you it's tired. School is important, but your health should always come first.
4. When it comes to prioritising work, school, and friends, one is not necessarily more important than the other, no matter what anyone tells you. It's all about what you need at that point in time.
5. Baths are truly underrated, and if you're ever feeling stressed out, just light a few candles, put on a relaxing playlist, and soak for half an hour.
6. Negative people are draining, so make sure you keep your distance from toxic relationships. You need to prioritise yourself, and make sure that they don't bring you down.
7. There is nothing that you cannot achieve if you put in the hard work and effort. Your teacher might say the highest grade that you'll achieve is a C, but if you spend enough time each week studying for that subject well in advance of the exam, who's to say you won't surpass that, and maybe even get an A?
8. Yes, junk food tastes amazing, and is cheap, and accessible at every corner shop, but if you really want that summer body, you're going to have to discipline yourself and cut down on those calories. Plus, you don't really need to get chips and curry every lunch.
9. It's okay to not know where you're going to end up, and what you want to do with your life. You don't need to have your whole life mapped out, just take it one step at a time. Most importantly, make sure you do what you enjoy.
10. Saving money up sucks, but when you go to university and are the only one not having to take out a loan, it'll be worth it. I know paperchase has a super cute new stationary line out, and I know you would use it for school, but it's really not necessary- just buy the basic stuff if you really need it.