What now?

On the last afternoon around 5:30pm I stood at the stoplights of a busy intersection just near my house and I was suddenly so filled with joy, relief and excitement that I literally broke out into spontaneous dancing.

Exams are over now. I am officially DONE!

Dudes, this is so weird.

For the first time in FOREVER, I don’t have anything on my plate. No homework, no assessments to study for, no classes. I don’t go back to school after this.

The weirder part is that I’m suddenly in this kind of limbo. I’m no longer in High School, but I also haven’t gotten into Uni, yet. I just get to exist for the next few months.

Of course, there is one more final matter of business that I have to wait for. It’s that all important, very daunting day; December 14th. The day when all the year 12 VCE students get their ATAR. Oooph!

But for now, I promised myself that I would put it out of my head. What’s done is done. Whatever happens, happens. And no matter what score I get, what really matters is that I did my best.

At least, that’s what I’m trying to tell myself.

In the meantime, I have an abundance of free time and I have never been so excited to start a new chapter in my life.

A few months ago, I read a blog post by one of my favourite bloggers, Kalyn Nicholson: How To Slay The Rest of 2018. Her post talked about taking control of the rest of 2018 so that we can end it on a high. Obviously, there’s a lot more to it but basically this is what got me excited.

I realised I don’t need to wait till December 31st before I can start making resolutions and preparing to start over. I can do this at any time. And with that inspiring thought, I started making a list of all the things I wanted to do once exams were over. All the things I’ve been putting off to the side because this year I had made VCE a priority.

I consider this list a massive reward as well, because now I get to take time for myself and focus on building up all the things that make me happy.

I can also take time to look at my life and make some important decisions about where I want to go from here. Obviously, my future involves university, but I know things are going to be a lot different to school. Less structure and more flexibility to decide for myself what’s important to me.

So, if you’re still reading, and you wouldn’t mind, I would like to share with you the list of things I am now going to work on from now until the end of the year.

End of 2018 resolutions

  • READ
  • Take a blogging course – I have so much to learn.
  • Work on my blog
  • Research podcasts
  • Volunteer work
  • Make a vision board – I’ve always wanted to do this, but never had the time.
  • Write a book or TV show – at least start. I haven’t done that type of writing for a long time.
  • Put-together a wellbeing routine – important!
  • Catch up on ChIPS – feel like I’ve been falling behind on my responsibilities here.
  • Education funding campaign
  • Elections – I’m going to see how I can get involved
  • Research overseas trips
  • GYST – my favourite acronym ever! Also brought to you by Kalyn Nicholson. It stands for “Get Your Sh*t Together”. Aka, massive clean-up and organisation time.

I reckon this is enough to keep me busy for the next few months. Stay tuned, because it’s about to get a whole lot more interesting around here.

Claudia Forsberg is a Melbourne based writer and journalist. She is currently working as a Regional Trainee with ABC Ballarat.


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