By Sam Harris and Shaun Dacosta
As millions return to school this week and ponder their futures, singer Griff talks about how following her passion for her extra-curriculars led her to tour with Ed Sheeran.
She only released her first single three years ago, just after finishing her A-Levels. But now, Griff, real name Sarah Griffiths, is a BRIT Award-winning artist fresh off a set of international shows.
It's been a hectic summer for the Black Hole singer, who has been touring with Dua Lipa, made her debut at Reading and Leeds Festivals and opened a gig with Coldplay at a sold-out Wembley Stadium.
Not that long ago, Griff was studying for her A-Levels, but she kept her musical aspirations under wraps at school.
"I always just feel like there's like one kid in your year who's trying to promo their music and no one really rates them," she tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.
"I would rather keep it a secret.
"And then if it does really well, then that's cool. And people can find out but I didn't want to be the one that spoke about it too much."
Radio 1 at Reading and Leeds on BBC Sounds
Griff says she juggled her studies and love of music with an exhausting schedule of "travelling into London, writing songs, coming back, doing essays [and] turning up to school really tired".
Despite realising where her real passion was, she vowed to stick it out at school, and ended up getting three As at A-Level.
But she realised education wasn't for her.
"My teacher's like: 'Sarah, we haven't seen your personal statement'," she says.
"I was like: 'Miss, please – I'm gonna take a gap year'."
Griff spent about a year putting out music before the pandemic hit – but it didn't stop her finding success.
"I kept releasing music and didn't know if anyone was listening and then I got a Brit Award, which is crazy," she says.
Her packed touring schedule with Ed Sheeran will take her through until the end of the year, when she plans to take a break from the stage.
"I'm gonna need to take the time to write more music. So that's kind of like my, my downtime, but I'll still be working on writing," she says.
"This gap year has turned into a bit of a long-term job. So I don't think I'm going to uni anytime soon."
Follow Newsbeat on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Listen to Newsbeat live at 12:45 and 17:45 weekdays – or listen back here.
Griff – Official Website
Russia begins drafting new troops to fight in Ukraine
Russians flee to border after military call-up
Trumps 'inflated net worth by billions' – lawsuit
Iranian morality officer: Why we tell women what to wear
What does Russia's troop call-up mean for Ukraine?
The fake sex chats fuelled by an elaborate scam
Why Brazil's election matters so much to the US
The Russians risking freedom to protest against war
Fact-checking Russian claims Nato troops are in Ukraine
Vloggers rekindling the joys of India train journeys
16 moments from the Queen's 16 tours of Australia. Video
The men behind a record-breaking period campaign. Video
Four cities saying no to cars
The biggest myths of the teenage brain
The jobs employers can't fill
© 2022 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read about our approach to external linking.
By Sam Harris and Shaun Dacosta