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16 Pieces Of Advice Uni Students Have For High School Students

High school is not the be all and end all.

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1. Not good at a certain subject? Don't stress. The best part about uni is that you are choosing a degree you know you will like.

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So if you hate maths and see no plan for it in your future, don't lose too much sleep over not getting a great algebra mark.

2. Those Year 12 exams? Yeah, they probably won't matter that much in the end.

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Definitely still try and do well, because you still may need a decent score to get into uni. But there's always alternate ways.

Plus no one over the age of 18 talks about their ATAR anyway.

3. Still, don't use that as an excuse not to study. It'll pay off.

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It's weirdly fun to receive your ATAR and find out you did better than you thought.

4. Also, learn to reference now. Seriously. It just gets worse at uni.

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If you can pick up the basics now it can save you so much time down the line.

5. Keep some of your old assignments. In a few years you won't be able to remember anything you studied all that well.

It can come in handy for uni assignments too - you might find you're studying something similar to what you did in high school. Otherwise, any old assignments can make for hilarious reading.
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It can come in handy for uni assignments too - you might find you're studying something similar to what you did in high school. Otherwise, any old assignments can make for hilarious reading.

6. Enjoy the 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.* days. Once you enter the workforce you'll miss what it was like to have a recess and a lunch break and be done with it all by 3 p.m.

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** Most schools run on this kind of time schedule. Though the great thing about uni: working around a much more flexible routine.

7. Being in your 20s is not as grown up as you think it is.

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We're all still figuring it out too!

8. And it's totally OK if you have no idea what you want to do after high school.

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That's completely normal. You don't need a set answer at all.

9. Appreciate your parents more!

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You'll miss them a lot if you move away for uni.

10. Also, enjoy the free meals you get cooked for you. It's less fun doing it for yourself.

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You'll become really well acquainted with the term "Mi Goreng" soon enough.

11. Don't be mean to others on the internet.

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There's always going to be a bit of bitchiness in high school. But splashing it out on the internet could really come back to haunt you later on.

12. If you're a little weird, embrace it.

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If you feel like you don't fit in, there's a very strong chance you will find people you click with at university or later on in life. Don't let small minded people stop you from being you.

13. And if you're being bullied, tell someone.

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You might not think it'll help, but it will in the long run. Don't let bullies get away with it.

14. Don't stress about saying goodbye to your high school friends.

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Even if you're moving to separate cities, the ones that are worth it will stay in your life.

15. And you'll make plenty of new awesome friends at uni!

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Seriously. Do not skip O-Week if you can help it! It's a great way to meet new people.

16. Enjoy year 12. It may seem like the most stressful year of your life, but you will find you miss some aspects of high school.

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And you'll also find most people settle down a bit in year 12 and become more mature. So if you have someone in your class you don't necessarily get along with now, that could all change within a few years.