For me, it sort of feels like school is pretty much over once exams are over, and it probably feels this way to many other people also. But, sometimes, those days after the exams aren't exactly the best when you do not get the scores that you hoped for on the exams. When time comes to study for the exams, don't blow it off, it is incredibly tempting, trust me, I know. But, that week where you blow off studying for fun costs much more than you think it does. Even if you are leaving next year, the exams still count towards your GPA, but that’s not my point. Exams are kind of like the last lap in a big race, you go all out, and if you go hard enough you win, and you earn your reward, in this case, the reward would be a great summer with no regrets on what you have gotten on your exams. Studying seems like no fun, but if you don't study it will cost you, but it usually helps me to study in moderation, so it does not feel like I am studying for ever, and also take breaks, and still not forget to do fun things also.
Like Fitz said in the very beginning of the year, eat your cow. The exams are like the cow, but a lot of people forgot the part of the story where the guy was supposed to eat his cow, and if he could eat it, he would get to marry the Princess, marrying the princess, is the reward for eating the cow. But, he forgot about the cow and it grew, and grew, and when he finally decided to eat it, it was too big, and the king ended up chopping his head off because he couldn't eat the whole cow.
Like the cow, if you do not study for the exams, what you don't know, but you need to know will grow, and grow, and grow; and when time comes where you realize that you really need to get your studying on, there is way to much things that you need to know but will not have enough time to learn, or memorize. Hence, you will get a bad grade on your exams because you didn't know the topics, and then your parents will chop of your head because of your grade. But, if you eat your cow, and finish it clean, you will gain that great grade, and you will earn that summer that is oh so close.