Even if you feel like you’re not getting anything out of church, because you spend time there feeling guilty about not studying, time spent with God and with fellow Christians is essential for encouragement and learning. Remember Hebrews 10:25:"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching".
2. Stay involved in ministry
Perhaps you’ve been leading at your school Christian group, or in Sunday school or youth group. Maybe you’re part of the music team. Whatever it is, you don't have to stop! I took time off from a few things, but still stayed leading at my school Christian group and sang in the band at church. This will help you stay connected to other Christians but, even more importantly, you’ll be prioritising serving God!
3. Read the Bible as much as possible
4. Use the last year for evangelism
5. See education as a gift
6. Go on a Christian study campI would highly recommend getting a group of Christian friends together and going on study camp. You’ll get tons of study done, so when you take a break you won’t feel guilty. Plus, the small group times are a great way to both test your faith and evangelise. Coming from a private Anglican school, I found small groups on study camp to be quite confronting as other girls shared their views, which were very different to mine, but also a really good introduction to sharing my faith with people who I didn’t know. Some of them offer financial support if you need it as well.
7. PrayProbably the most important thing is to lean on God always. Tell him everything! Ask for help, confess, but most of all, praise God for his consistency, and for always being there for you, no matter what stage of life you are in. Pray for your friends and classmates as well, and ask other Christians to pray for you. Thessalonians 5:17 says pray continually, so make that your aim.
Your final school year might feel like the end of the world at points, but there are also wonderful parts to it. I hope you have a really great year!