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Thanks @Stormy-RO ! I imagine this post will be helpful to a lot of people right about now. 

Looking back at the hecticness of year 12 and even the first few years of uni I'd say: 

  • Take care of your physical health!!! Ensure you're eating enough and sleeping enough consistently (thinking of all the all-nighters). It makes the HUGEST difference to your mood, energy, ability to function and of course ability to learn! 
  • Grades are not everything. I can't tell you how many times I heard this but it really is as true as it is mentioned. So don't be super critical of yourself if you make mistakes or if things don't go as well you wanted. There is more than one way to get where you want to - many people transfer courses or unis after the first year. All you can ever do is your best, and as long as you keep moving forward and figuring things out as you go, that is enough. 
  • Extension of the above point: grades are not everything AND there are so many other parts of your life and yourself that have the potential to be meaningful and important to nurture. You only get to be in this unique position once, so try to make the most of and appreciate your friendships, family, your increasing independence, hobbies and passions.
  • There is no one "right" way to do things. No matter what your parents say, what your siblings have done before you, what all your friends are doing or what is "expected". It makes sense that sometimes we can give into other people's expectations because that's all we see and we depend on our small circle when we are young. But soon you'll see there is a huge world out there with people who don't fit that specific mould and are living their lives by their own standards.You are the only one who has to live your life, which means you are the only one who has to deal with the consequences. So choose how you want to live your life and live it in a way that speaks to your inner joy. 

Good luck to anyone who has exams coming up!! You're doing great, take it one day at a time and the holidays will be here before you know it 💞💞

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