Wait, wait, wait, what? I thought your entire website was all about studying. Now you're telling me to stop?

Yup, exactly that. I want you to stop studying. Well, you should still study, but stop studying so much. I really do mean that. But there are a few things you need to know.

Alright, tell me.

First, I want to make this clear: I don't actually want you to stop studying. What I want you to do is to study in moderation. Just like any activity, too much of one thing is probably bad for you. And there are actually good reasons to do this.

Soooo……they are?

Probably the most obvious, you'll actually have a social life for once. I knew too many people during Year 12 that gave up their hobbies, gave up going out with friends and gave up everything to focus on Year 12. While they did indeed get spectacular scores that would make any parent proud, some had regretted it. They regret quitting that sport, they regret not going to their friend's birthdays; they regret studying so much.

And you know what, 20 years from now, what will you remember? Will you remember going out and having fun with your friends during your youth? Or will you remember slaving away day by day on your desk - with nothing to remember but a score that doesn't really matter after it all. Your ATAR is not the be-all end-all that it's hyped up to be.

But wouldn't going out with friends too much lead to me failing, dropping out and living under a bridge??

The key to anything is moderation. And that's with your social life. You need to learn how to balance everything. You need to study enough so that you will be happy with the next steps you take after you graduate.

I thought that once I finished high school, received my ATAR, everything would be easy from then on. That all my hard work was realised, and that it would be easy cruising from now on. Boy, was I wrong. University is as much work as year 12, and work is not any better at all.

I was naïve, and that's what lead me to realise. Balance. You need to balance everything - school, work, social life. Everything. The work doesn't stop, it didn't stop for me after Year 12, it’s not stopping at uni, and chances are - it's not going to stop when you start working either.

But how can I balance everything when work is piling on around me? I can barely handle everything.

You can, I believe in you. You are capable of more than you think you are. The only thing holding you back is time management, a habit for procrastination and your mindset. If you manage your time properly, you'll find that there is more time in the day.

So if you take the time to stop and smell the roses,  and spend time with your family and friends. You'll realise that they are more important than your studies ever will be.

Written by Mark.