Whatever you’re planning on doing afterwards, leaving school can be a daunting prospect. It’s an experience though, that pretty much everyone has been through. We asked some of our (and your) favourite artists what advice they want to give to those heading out into the big wide world. Here’s what they came back with…
Krista From SuperGlu
“Don’t worry about peer pressure and feeling as though you HAVE to go to uni. Do whatever makes you happy and if that means having time off to think about it then that’s fine. Try not to compare yourself to others and think about what you want. Explore, create and challenge yourself. Learn something new and go on adventures… Three years ago I couldn’t play bass and now I’m playing at major festivals in the U.K. So you really never know what’s round the corner”
Catch SuperGlu on tour in September. Tickets
“Honestly, life takes time. Don’t expect everything to happen at once. After graduation, Naomi worked in a sandwich shop. Katie worked in a vintage thrift shop. If you need to have a job that doesn’t reflect who you are right now, that’s completely okay. Maybe you can get a free sandwich or salad out of it. So much of school is about learning how to be a human/adult. After you graduate, find an artisanal soap that you like. Buy a nice lamp. Do your dishes. Call your parents. Go on walks. Don’t rush through life. Cultivate dignity regardless of your occupation or living situation. Burn some candles. We love you.
Last but not least, read as many books as you can. After you graduate you might think you couldn’t read another book ever again…oh, but you will. And you’ll love it. Trust. Katie read all the Harry Potter books and also some other harder books for smart people for example. Josette is 23-year-old adult revisiting pre algebra and loving it. Naomi makes collages from french philosophy books.”
Catch MUNA live at Heaven, London in October. Tickets
“I might not be the best person to ask for advice… seeing how I actually dropped out of school to pursue a career in music! But for those who are this close to finishing: just don’t stress too much and don’t be so hard on yourself. Try to enjoy it. It’s probably a moment in your life that you’re going to remember for a long time.”
Catch Astrid S live in London and Manchester this October. Tickets
“If you know what you want to do then work hard and practice your skill everyday. Hard work and improving upon your already existing ability is the only way to truly come close to your ambitions.
If you don’t know what you want to do – don’t worry! Listen to Baz Luhrmann – Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)…Mary Schmich wrote the words and she definitely knew what she was talking about.”
Banfi are going on a UK wide tour in September. Tickets available here
Milk Teeth (Becky)
“If we’d all got the qualifications we were meant to Milk Teeth probably wouldn’t exist. So don’t stress it.”