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Pushing trolleys for a year was the best thing

REALITY CHECK: Ryan Single said pushing trolleys for a year was the motivation he needed to go back to school.
REALITY CHECK: Ryan Single said pushing trolleys for a year was the motivation he needed to go back to school. Kirsten Cunningham

RYAN Single is in Year 12 and regularly goes to the pub. Legally.

"There are a lot of good things about being 18 and still at school," he said.

"I don't need to go to schoolies and spend $3000 for one, I'll just go out and have a few beers with my mates."

Ryan said he hated school, so he quit.

"I wasn't having fun and I needed to work stuff out," he said.

"I live with my dad and have dinner regularly with my mum, and they weren't too happy about it."

But they still supported him and said it was his decision to make.

"Pushing trolleys for a year was the best thing I ever did."

"I realised I wanted to do something awesome, and to do it, I needed to go back and finish Year 12."

The tall 18-year-old is a little bit shy, and looks like he should be in a rock band, not in a uniform.

He said when he went back he heard about the JMC music academy in Brisbane.

"I didn't even know you could do stuff like that," he said.

"I met a guy at school who was going there to do a Bachelor of Music and he told me about it."

After realising he could study music seriously he was hooked.

"That was the extra motivation I needed to keep studying and finish school," he said.

"I write my own songs, which is awesome because if you stuff it up, no-one knows, but if you're doing a cover and make a mistake everyone starts going crazy."

"I'd love to compose music for films and soundtracks on the guitar, it's awesome being able to write and play your own instrumentals."

While he's waiting to go to Brisbane, he's working in a music shop and teaching guitar.

"My favourite class is with the kids," he said.

"They're just so honest and don't care what people think. I think there's a lot you can learn from that."

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