Back To School: You’ll Be Okay

For those of you in school/college, this probably isn’t the blog post you want to be reading right now. For those of you who aren’t, you probably won’t find this blog post very interesting… Wow, what an introduction. However, keep reading… might surprise yourself.

All the way through my education, I absolutely hated it. There was never a part of me that looked forward to returning to school or college. Especially the older I got, I became more interested in my social life and less interested in my education. Don’t worry, it’s very normal. For me, it was always a struggle. I never really felt like I belonged there, I always thought I was destined for something bigger and in a way, I felt like I was wasting my time. This was probably me just being a bratty teenager thinking I’m better than the education system, but me and classrooms just weren’t a good fit.

With all that said, I just want to put it out there and say YOU’LL BE OKAY. School & college isn’t the end of the world, you’re not going to die when you have to go back to school and give it a couple of days, the summer holidays will just feel like a distant memory. Make the most of the time you have in education because trust me, it doesn’t last forever and when you’re slaving away in full time work, you’ll soon wish you were back there.

Let me tell you a little story to hopefully make you realise it isn’t all bad.

Summer 2010. The best summer holidays of my entire life. I had left school, I had an extended summer holidays, I attended prom, I went abroad with all my friends for the first time, I got drunk for the first time, I made some great friends and lost some pretty shitty ones… I was truly at my happiest in the summer for 2010. But as the old saying goes, all good things come to an end. It was September 2010 and life hit me like a tonne of bricks when the realisation kicked in, It was time to go to college. Not only was it time to go to college, It was time to go to college knowing absolutely no one.

I lived about 45 minutes away, so on the first day my Mum drove me in. We arrived early so parked up the road looking out over the sea. I sat in the car feeling paralysed. I had lost the ability to speak properly, to breath properly, to think properly. I was so genuinely scared and anxious about walking into this new place alone. “Let’s just go home, I’m not going in. I’m not doing this“. Mum wasn’t having any of it so drove down the road, pulled into the college car park and wished me luck on my way. This was it. I was walking into college, alone. Lost, not knowing where I was going or what I was doing. Completely and utterly dreading the next few hours of my life.

I walked in, got registered and we got allocated our classes. We moved into our separate rooms and there I met 3 people who one of which, would become one my closest friends. Emma. We all sat around the table, getting to know each other, cracking jokes and breaking all ice there ever was. The entire class had to do an ice breaker, giving a bit of a back story to our past and why we wanted to be at college. Every single person in that room was in the same boat. Everyone knew no one. Everyone was alone but everyone was there for the same reason. To study, to get an education and because they had a passion for what they were doing.

From that day forward, my friendship group was formed. Friendships were made, bonds were created and the next 2 years of my life were going to be filled with so many laughs, so many memories and so many wonderful moments that have shape my life, still to this day.

As I said, no matter how bad you think it’s going to be, you’ll be okay. No matter how confident you are, the thought of starting something new, with people you don’t know, is completely horrifying. But don’t forget, everyone is in the same boat. And when everyone is in a vulnerable situation like this, you often find they’re more open and accepting to talking & making new friends.

College was the most daunting idea to me but turned out to be one of the best things I did. If I didn’t follow my gut, choose a college because I wanted the best from it and not just because my friends were going there, If I didn’t get out of that car on the very first day, I never would have met Emma, I wouldn’t have this blog and I never would have experienced everything I did.

The summer holidays are and always will be the best part of being in education, but that aside it can be a really great place. And if like me, you’re not into the whole classroom thing, just think about the end goal. You’re there to get the education to need, to bag yourself the job of your dreams. Focus on the future, enjoy the now and never regret the past.

Good luck to all those starting back at school or college… go smash it!

| By Harrison |

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