A woman writing on a note pad
A woman writing on a note pad Bev Lacey

My high school regrets: Why I wish I tried harder

THERE are two kinds of high school students.

The bookworm types who are career-driven, goal orientated and focused on the task at hand.

Then there's the lazy, class skipper who's more of a distraction than a magpie flying into a window.

Regrettably, in my school years I was the latter.

I scraped through without studying, putting in the minimal effort time and time again - much to the frustration of teachers and my parents.

My assignments were dodgy, sometimes handed in on a scrap piece of paper, the night or morning before.

I'd manage a pass and laugh about it, "mission impossible, accomplished".

What an idiot.

While my advice to students is to ultimately not be like me, if you do get a poor OP, it's not the end of the world.

In this day and age, there literally are more options than ever, and new career pathways are always emerging.

Sometimes, not going to university straight from high school is a blessing in disguise.

Could you have performed better in high school?

This poll ended on 18 March 2019.

Current Results

I think so.


No, I did my best.


It doesn't matter now.


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

For me, if it would have been an immense waste of money and time as I would have continued the same bad habits and failed.

Or chopped and changed my degree in hope, before dropping out altogether.

Plenty of students I know drop out at an early age, only to go back in a few years time.

I certainly was not ready and later attended at 22, thankfully, a little more mature.

So if you're bummed about your OP, don't worry, as it's never too late to achieve your dreams.