'Honestly, I don't think it's hit me yet': teen's rite of passage
"HECTIC”, "nervous”, "excited”.
Some of the feelings coursing through Jayden Lidstone and partner Shanae Titmus as they embarked on their latest rite of passage; the South Rockhampton High School formal.
The pair were among the Year 12 students who celebrate the end of their schooling careers at Browne Park tonight, and who will go on to graduate Friday.
As they looked to post-school life, both had aspirations to continue their education in Rockhampton.
For Shanae, the end of Year 12 marks an opportunity to complete her beauty degree.
"I'm trying to get into being a beautician,” she said.
"I have got my Cert II so going to do my Cert III and should be good after that.”
For Jayden, his passion for football will lead him to League Tech.
"It's like a sports education facility,” he said.
Though Jayden usually prefers to step out of the limelight, he was "excited and a bit nervous” for the night ahead.
"Pretty much (looking forward to) everything really; the walkthrough, the dinner, the party,” he said.
After a stressful day of hair, makeup and completing her outfit, Shanae shared in his excitement.
"I'm pretty nervous in case I am going to trip, then again excited because its getting close to graduation,” she said.
"It was pretty stressful trying to make all the deadlines for everything but I got to it. Pretty hectic trying to figure out what you're going to look like at the end.
"But I'm most looking forward to the after party honestly, but graduation is pretty exciting too.”
In the immediate future, Shanae plans to buck the trend of her peers and steer clear of Schoolies.
"I thought I would make the wise choice and stick with saving the money,” she said.
It is over the coming days she expects reality to sink in.
"Honestly, I don't think it has hit me yet,” she said of finishing school.
"But after graduation I think all the emotion is just going to pile in so that will be interesting.”