The End of Thirteen Years of Schooling

on December 1st, 2012 by Matt | No Comments »

Well, that’s it. I’ve graduated, and now I have a long, busy and exciting life waiting for me.

My education has been fairly standard. I started Primary School with Prep in 2000, and finished in 2006. I then went to High School from 2007 to 2012, with a campus change in the middle. And that’s it. No moving schools in the middle of the year, no skipping or repeating years. Quite nice really.

Now, the reason why I’m writing this now, rather than right at the end of Year 12 (which was a few weeks back now) or after I get my results mid-December, is because I’m trying to be as unbiased as possible. By doing it right after graduating, I would have probably been full of excitement about finally finishing and rambled on about unimportant bits and pieces, sounding incoherent and probably slightly crazy. If I decided to wait until getting my results in 15 days or so, this post would probably be more of a summary of my results for this year, rather than 13 years of schooling.

Instead, I’m writing this a day after returning from Schoolies, an exciting week of playing Halo Reach multiplayer, partying, and general hanging out with friends at Phillip Island.

I guess I want to really start off by thanking all the educators I’ve met over the years and who have taught me much of what I know. Though I’m sure very few know of this site, let alone would be interested in reading my little rant about my life up to this point, I appreciate all they’ve done for me over the past thirteen years. Without them, I wouldn’t be who I am, or know what I do.

But teachers haven’t been the only educational influence on my life. My dad, back in 2001 or so got me interested in computers, and since then I’ve been learning from others and teaching myself. I’ve also had support from friends all across the globe, willing to help me expand my horizons and range of future endeavours.

Honestly, I don’t know what’s next. I plan on doing a University course next year that is computer-oriented, but I cannot decide (at the current moment) between programming or networking. The biggest issue with the world today is the range of opportunities and possibilities is overwhelming. It’s both brilliant and terrifying. I also have some plans that’ll keep me occupied for the next month or two, mostly developing/designing websites for friends and relatives, learning a new programming language and, in general, getting myself more organised for the future. Mostly I want to ensure I have a central calendar, and figure out how I’m going to utilise cloud storage on SkyDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive and all the other places I’ve simply been dumping files. Not to mention the mess of social networks and forums I no longer use.

I also plan on continuing administering my Minecraft Server, as not only is it great fun to play on, but it gives me the experience of constant server maintenance and troubleshooting, remaining on the ball when my help is required by players and friends alike.

Once I’m a little more organised, I also want to clean up my website a bit, start posting more on this blog, and in general become a little more active online, as I’ve noticed that my Tweeting has really slowed down over the past few months.

If you’ve continued reading this far, I appreciate your dedication and congratulate you on successfully reading through another rant of mine. If you’ve got the time, be sure to comment below and say hello. Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for your support.