Bask in this post-exam glory, you deserve it. But consider that, once your bones are heavy and you’re bored of socializing and maybe partied out, it would stand you in really good stead to begin considering your options after school, whether they be studying at university, starting an apprenticeship or just entering the job world and whether you can do something already to prepare for these.
Whatever your direction is, all options take a lot of effort and trial-and-error and bravery (and a bit of luck on the side). But fear not- everyone is in the same boat in this regard and starting early will actually make the process much easier. Your school will probably give you good support, but doing the research yourself is really important.
You might firstly want to make the decision whether university is the right place for you: there are plenty of other options, not least getting your foot in the metaphorical door of the job world. University can be wonderful: you meet great, like-minded people and study with extraordinary academics, but maybe it is not for you and you want to explore other possibilities.
If university is the direction you want to go in, then what subject is right? Really do your homework and look online at what a particular course entails (that psychology course may actually be more science-based than you thought or the Economics course may be too mathematical).
Thankfully, the internet is our friend in this instance. There are loads of great online websites that give you step-by-step factors when considering which university to apply to and ways to apply. These factors include things like: distance from home, whether or not you like the city (always a good idea to visit before), which societies there are, and, of course, what the course entails.
Other things to do and prepare and research are your SAT prep, if relevant, and the early start of a personal statement. The latter will not need to be ready for a while, but thinking about what you would write about yourself and what your ‘story’ is will help you streamline your activities and give you a head start.
Lastly, doing some work experience, volunteering and/or a summer course in your chosen subject, will help you form better ideas of what it is you may want to do next.