To all my grade 12's.... You've almost done it... you are almost there.
BUT. Life isn't just about your grades and what you are going to do next year.
All of this means nothing if your mental health and safety are jeopardised.
The biggest test in life is... wait for it.... life itself.
Let this old woman who has survived high school, uni, and a Police dormitory before even reaching 21 give you some advice for you and your friends about how to be safe as you embark into independent living situations with its inherent exposure to alcohol, drugs and sex famously paired with peer pressure, impaired environmental awareness and the characteristic teen 'câest la vie' brain.
My friend and I were taught some great skills and had a lot of fun - such a serious topic but we had lots of laughs. Erin is amazing - she is warm and friendly and is really knowledgeable and experienced, I did this years ago and am glad I did it again - my friend and I are going to try and do this yearly to keep it fresh in our minds.