STOP. RELAX. Enjoy the easy-going high school days— it’s the calm before the storm. You’re stressing so much about the future, and on university acceptances that you’re forgetting to enjoy what’s right in front of you. Don’t take those high school friends for granted. Don’t take the participation marks, that are worth 30% of your grade, for granted. Don’t take the free education, the lack of homework, or the classroom of no more than 25 kids for granted. I’m warning you, you’ll miss all of that.
If you think getting into university is the hardest part, you’ll realize it’s definitely not— it’s staying in that’s the challenge. You’ll study for hours for tests and work late into nights on assignments, but one thing high school failed to teach you was that studying hard doesn’t guarantee you good grades. What you’ll quickly come to learn upon entering university is the trick is to develop good study habits that work for you, so that you can spend less time studying “hard” and more time studying effectively. But, once you develop a good study plan, you won’t mind the excessive workload, and you’ll actually come to love what you’re learning, because the work is so much more interesting than what you’re doing in high school, and you’ll come to appreciate that!
Also, you should know, DON’T BELIEVE ALL THOSE UNIVERSITY FACTS YOU READ ONLINE! First of all, you really should stop looking up every single concern regarding university, and about what you should expect, because Google can’t even begin to explain the real university experience– you’ll experience that for yourself soon enough, so stop scaring yourself with other peoples’ experiences. Just like everything else on the internet, be wary! Your marks DO NOT drop by 30% (as long as you maintain good study habits and don’t slack off). You won’t make life-long friends within the first two days (good friendships shouldn’t be rushed)! People HAVE NOT suddenly and drastically matured (first-year is just a bunch of overgrown high school kids- same immature minds)! And most importantly, despite many claims that “first year doesn’t count”, it most definitely DOES count (so don’t even think about slacking off).