Sure, NCEA Level 3 Geography will set you up well in life for naming capital cities, but here are five life skills that you might not learn in a classroom.


#1. Reading

Actually, let’s hope they taught you this in a classroom. Reading makes you smarter. We’re not sure if that’s true, but if you are reading this then we’re saying you are smart. So take the compliment. Read more. That way you can be legit pretentious when you claim that the book was better than the movie.


#2. Swimming

You know, for when the zombie apocalypse comes – or in case you find yourself in a situation where your only hope of refuge is that island in the middle of a lake. Also, it’s good exercise and is proven to be one the best preventative strategies to drowning. So swim, you reading intellectuals, swim.


#3. Handling rejection

A taste of rejection is great for your character. It’s not always easy being rejected after sending someone multiple friend requests with no reply. It’s always worth putting yourself out there and getting shot down – it helps you to understand that rejection is just part of life.

When you get rejected what do you do? Some people give up and some persevere. Three publishers told JK Rowling that they wouldn’t print Harry Potter because no one would read it. But she didn’t

give up. She wasn’t afraid to put herself out there because she understood something that we all need to learn; it’s better to try and be rejected than spending your life wondering “what if…?”


#4. Having a signature dish

If you can cook up a mean roast chicken, you will be welcomed everywhere. It doesn’t have to be too fancy, but if you have a reputation for being good in the kitchen, you will go far, friend.


#5. Asking good questions

If you want to have a great conversation, the key is actually asking good questions. The difference between “How has your day been?” and “What would you do if you won Lotto?” is a conversation. Learning how to ask good questions is one of the most practical skills you can learn. Here are my favourites: “What is your best injury story?” “What’s your most embarrassing moment?” “Would you rather have fingers as long as your legs or legs as long as your fingers?”

Attitude is New Zealand’s largest external provider of school health programmes. They aim to equip young people with the tools and insights necessary to build meaningful lives. The Attitude programme provides a package of resources for schools, including presentations, handbooks, teaching resources and a website. Since its inception in 1996, Attitude has delivered presentations to over 2 million New Zealand students.

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