Social media networks such as Facebook can be easily addictive, because we are interested in what our friends are up to lately. After all, we are social animals who love our friends...
If you are gay, you've been built up by the bullies, the 'h8ers', and the casual slurs. You've grown up into human beings who actually have to wake up and work out who they are without just casually simmering blandly into a ready-made, pre-fabricated adulthood.
Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that going to university isn't one of the greatest experiences of all time. It's new, it's life changing, and it's stomach butterfly exciting. It's just that... sometimes it's really not.
We're not interested in short-term gains - we have a whole lifetime ahead of us and we want decisions that deal with the long term. We want something new, and we want alternatives in our political parties that go deeper than the colour of the rosette they wear.
No one cares about your new clicky pen or the three friends you're currently hanging out with. Taking a selfie with it/them and hashtagging the damn photo doesn't make it more interesting. Can we just go back to appreciating proper group photos where you can actually see everyone's faces?
Whether you have a son or daughter just finishing their summer exams or you're a high-tech manufacturer hoping to add to your pool of skilled technicians, we all want young people to have the opportunity to fulfil their potential - not just in work but in life. But the education system must do more to prepare them for life outside the school gates - or we risk wasting our greatest asset.
Adolescents need to be educated about depression so that if they find themselves experiencing the symptoms, they can realise that they're suffering from an illness, and can then go about seeking treatment from there.
Most students, whatever year of university you are in, get to exam season and suddenly realise just how quickly the last academic year has zoomed right on by. For some, it's an exciting moment, a chance for them to 'move on', for others it's nothing more than a daunting reality and for the rest they know that more hard work is just on the horizon.
We should feel uncomfortable. Maybe we haven't told a sexist joke, hit a woman, raped a woman. But if we think we've grown up in such a sexist society and not learned and internalised sexism then we are guilty of the most appalling hubris. We are all sexists to some degree. We need to face up to it, forgive ourselves and learn from it.
'Slut-shaming' needs to be addressed as part of efforts to diminish the everyday sexism that is endemic in Britain. Challenge your peers and make a positive change as it is most definitely a form of verbal harassment. If you have said it in the past and now want to change, that is allowed.
There's tons to be gained from obtaining industry experience before heading into further education - if you know what your dream job will be, there's a chance they'll want relevant experience before they'll take you on. They'll want to know you can function in the real world.