So, now you're in Year 12. The importance of this year has been drilled into you by your teachers, by your parents, by your peers and even by yourself. You have a fear, a fear of falling behind, a fear that you haven't studied hard enough, a fear that you will not achieve what you truly are capable of. All because you didn't take VCE too seriously.
Your school gets guest speakers to talk about the importance of VCE. They get past students who excelled in VCE and those who regret not taking VCE seriously to come and talk about their experiences during that time. All of this has a big impact to the psyche of a Year 12 student. Many feel like that there can be no fun during Year 12 as it is the year where everything matters, where your performance is put to a ranking; your ATAR.
However, I'm here to tell you that having fun during Year 12 is an important part of excelling in your studies, that, although studying is important during this year, it isn't everything. I'm here to tell you that you shouldn't just skip out on parties or all social events in Year 12.
The importance of VCE lies heavily on many students' shoulders; they feel that if they do not work themselves half to death that their efforts have not been enough. This pressure placed on many students will no doubt help some achieve what they could not have thought possible. However, this pressure, more often than not, will help students burn out if they do not have fun.
Grades will drop, as they have expended all of their effort to work as hard as they can. This leads to the disheartening of many students and will consequently result in poorer performances than what they actually could have achieved, if only they had taken a break from studying and relaxed once in a while.
Many study tips will tell you that breaks are important, that the 5 minute break in between intense study sessions are integral to increasing how much you will learn and retain information. The same goes for going to parties, having fun with friends and just goofing off in general.
Now I'm not saying that you should be partying and having fun more than studying, but I'm stressing the importance of letting loose and having fun once in a while. If you manage to set good study habits then you will have more time for fun. Seriously.
Too often we have regrets. Regrets for not studying, regrets for not taking an opportunity, etc. The same goes with all the social events that you choose to not go to because 'you needed to study'. There have been countless times where students who did nothing but study have later admitted that they regretted skipping out on social events throughout the year.
So with all that in mind, you have to remember that Year 12 is temporary, it's only one year. No matter how hard you study or how hard you didn’t study, this too shall pass. It is not the be all, end all of your life.
So please, let loose, have fun and don't let the pressure of Year 12 stop you from doing what you want to do.
This post was written by Mark.