Firstly, congratulations! You have finished school, graduated, sat your biggest exams yet and have unlocked many achievements along the way- and now you have the world at your fingertips.
When we approach our final year of high school, many of us are reminded of (and perhaps, have it drilled into us) how important this final year really is; How important our study is, and how we really need to put in maximum effort. How we need to be model students (We’re top of the pyramid now, right? Got to set a positive example!) How we need to have our next step planned out, and how we need to know what we’re doing with ourselves from now on (spoiler alert: if you’ve been told that you need to have all this planned out, you don’t).
How important the final Higher School Certificate Exams are.
Sometimes it feels like the HSC exams and the ATAR are the be-all and end-all of Year 12 and High School in general. After all, it is the last thing we do as Year 12 students, and it’s something we’ve essentially worked towards for the past 2 years.
For some students, the heavily weighted importance of these exams comes from a desire to succeed in the future; to get straight into your chosen Uni, so that you can get your chosen degree, and ultimately ‘succeed’. Some students may feel pressure from teachers, school and family to succeed, for similar reasons. Whatever your reasons are, the HSC is a stressful time for all students, and obtaining the results can be a nightmare for many of us. After the exams, it’s a period of waiting often filled with anxiety and fear, and an uncomfortable sense of unknowingness- and it feels like forever until we finally get results. When we do (finally!) get the results, students all over the country will experience a huge range of emotions. Many students will have obtained amazing results, an ATAR to match, and will undoubtedly be filled with pride, excitement and happiness. Many students however may not have done as well as they had hoped, and it is completely normal to feel a sense of disappointment or sadness.
If you’re feeling less than impressed with your results or ATAR, I have a few things for you to remember;
- Your results do not define you.
- Your results do not define your efforts. It is completely normal to feel as though you didn’t put in enough effort, or that you didn’t try hard enough. The only thing that you need to know is that your efforts are commendable no matter WHAT results you get.
- Your results do not define your future. You can take any pathway you want, with whatever results you ended up with. You may have to take different steps, but you will always have the chance to get to where you want to be.
- People are proud of you no matter what. It may not seem like it if your results aren’t what you were hoping for, but the people that matter will be proud of you no matter what (and I’M proud of you just for making it through the rollercoaster that is High School).
- Pretty soon, your results will mean absolutely nothing; they won’t matter at all!
If you're unsure of your next steps when it comes to your studies, headspace Maitland has a TAFE counsellor on site once a week. Check out the details here or give us a bell on 49311000.
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