Life happens, and whether you’re starting Year 12 or approaching the final HSC examinations, you never know what the world is going to throw at you. The trickiest part of dealing with sh*t during your HSC is overcoming it, essentially — how you’ll bounce back.
Whether it’s getting really sick before an exam, friendship drama, or family tension, it’s okay to say, “Well, this is sh*t.” Today we’re going to talk a bit about what you can do when bad sh*t happens, and how you can bounce back. Of course, this is something that you’ll find useful for overcoming any obstacles that get thrown at you throughout Year 12, but it is by no means just limited to high school.
Learning to bounce back from sh*t is something you’ll be able to use for the rest of your life — so let’s find out how it’s done!
Step #1: Remember, you have a choice!
When bad sh*t happens it’s very easy to dig yourself into a hole and see no light at the tunnel. It’s easy to feel like you may as well give up, or not try in other areas of life. It’s easy to feel like there’s no way around this bump.
And while it’s okay to feel upset, down, angry, and frustrated, keep a mental note at the back of your head that says, “You have a choice!”
You have a choice in how you are going to respond to and act towards any situation. So you can choose to take action, and do something about it, or you can choose to be passive and let it act upon you.
This choice is entirely up to you, but it’ll definitely impact your performance in other areas of your life, namely the HSC.
Step #2: Use the bad sh*t as fuel
Either the bad sh*t defines you in a bad way, or you use the bad sh*t to fuel something amazing. You can use this negative experience to defy the odds, to prove to yourself and those around you that you aren’t going to let it drag you down.
“I’m going to own it, I’m going to use it as fuel and fire to do something — to make a positive change in my life.”
Step #3: Get support
It’s okay to ask for help, to seek support and encouragement from those around you. When bad sh*t happens you can’t expect yourself to be able to manage alone.
Tough times are always better with the support of your friends, family and teachers around you!
So when bad sh*t gets thrown at you think, “How am I going to act? How am I going to respond?” You have two choice — own it? Or let it own you? Bounce back? Or let the ball deflate?
Once you’ve decided on how you’re going to respond — seek support. There will always be people around you, in your home, school, or other communities that you’re in, who want to be there for you and be part of your journey!
So, if you’re facing bad sh*t at any time in your life, know that there’s always a way you can move forward, bounce back, and get back into action.
The HSC is a stressful time, and with bad sh*t just being the icing on the cake, it’s hard to find the motivation to keep going. But know that being able to bounce back will make you stronger, help you regain your confidence, and overcome this hurdle!
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Nandini Dhir is a Content Writer at Art of Smart and is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Marketing) and a Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Media and Communications), as a Dalyell Scholar, at Sydney University. She enjoys covering local issues in her area and writing about current events in the media. Nandini has had one of her pieces published in an article with the Sydney Morning Herald. In her free time, Nandini loves doing calligraphy, ballet, and sewing, or is otherwise found coddling her cats.