It flies by fast, doesn’t it?
It seems like it was only yesterday that I was still in high school, a fresh-faced student, eager and ready to learn. That was six years ago. Now, I’m a high school graduate, having completed another stage of my life and ready to step into the next one.
This year was not easy for me. It was the year of my HSC, my final high school exams, the ones that would dictate my entrance into university. To say that a lot of pressure was put onto my cohort and subsequently me, is an understatement.
My main focus of the year was to not let the pressure get to me and I can confidently say that I failed a few times. In a situation where my peers were both my allies and my competitors, it was difficult to not be affected by their performance and the overall tense atmosphere. But I made it through, no worse for wear, and for that, I’m proud of myself.
I know that in a few years I’ll think that these problems of mine are trivial and minuscule in comparison to the difficult nature of being an adult. But, if there’s one thing I learned this year, it’s that everyone’s problems are justified, regardless of what stage of their lives they’re in. To someone experiencing the harsh realities of adulthood, teenage angst seems so meaningless, but to someone experiencing the situation first-hand, it’s hard to look past the present and into the future.
I guess to sum it all up, this was a year of personal growth, self-reflection and self-realisation. While I’m grateful for the academic hardships this year provided, I don’t think I want a repeat performance.
Here’s to a wonderful 2019!