Leaving School With Sam Creecy

Current location: Sydney, New South Wales


Did you have an idea of what you wanted to do when you finished school? If so, has it changed from then to now? 

I had no real idea what I wanted to do, where I wanted to go, or who I wanted to be, and to be honest it hasn’t really changed. I kind of fell into what I’m doing today and while I do love it, there’s so many other things out there. So, who knows where I’ll end up. 


Would you say there is a lot of pressure on young people to have their whole lives figured out and to be ‘successful’ in some way, straight after school? If so, what do you think are some of the contributing factors to this?

This is one thing that really makes me angry, particularly from the school that I finished my time with. There was such massive pressure to get a high ATAR, and to go to uni and get a degree. And without that there wasn’t any other options... you were going to fail. I really felt that for a while from my school.

I think a complete lack of understanding from the school for their students and maybe even their own selfishness to look good on the rankings is where the pressure came from.


 What were the first few years out of school like for you? Would you do anything differently? 

I would never change anything, but I definitely felt lost for so long. Seeing some people striving towards their goals, while I, at times, felt like I wasn’t, did get to me. I felt like I would be left behind, but I began to learn that everyone will have their time, so until then I’ll just do the things that interest me.


Do you remember what your biggest fear(s) were during this time?

Trying to find a career straight away, or just to be successful in something. That was unfair pressure, because as a young kid just finishing school you don’t really have any idea, even if you think you do. I wrestled with those fears for a while, but eventually I realised I’ve got so much time to find things I want to do. 


Based off your experience, what would you say to someone who has just left school? 

I would say try not to think too far ahead. You’ve just come out of a lifetime of education. Just enjoy it, there’s no pressure. If there are things that draw you in give it a go, but just try and have fun. If you feel lost that’s a good thing, try to embrace it and realise that it means you have everything in front of you.

Do you think you’re on the right path now? And how do you think your experiences in life have lead you here? 

Through my beautiful friendships, the people I’ve met and the things I’ve had the chance to experience, whether they were good or bad, I feel like I’m proud of the person I’m becoming. I’m just trying to evolve into the best version of myself… it’s the path I’ve chosen and I’m happy.


Interview by Sanchia Gillies

Edited by Sammy Callender

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