Study hard but try not to stress out

LAUREN O’Connor from Kangaroo Valley is enjoying life post HSC immensely.
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And rightly so, having earned four band sixes and scoring an ATAR of 95.6 the former Nowra Anglican College student’s future in journalism just came one large step closer.

That career however will have to wait, because next year travel is on the agenda.

“After a gap year I’m hoping to get into media communications at Sydney or do journalism at UTS,” she said.

“I was really happy with my HSC results. I had already decided that I would have been happy with anything over 90.

“I’m notoriously disorganised and I didn’t have a real study plan. I just studied when I needed to.

“I try to make myself enjoy what I’m doing, which included reading Hamlet to my dad in the kitchen. I just wanted to get to the end of it knowing I did my best.

“I got 93 in advanced English and that’s against everyone in the state. I was looking at my results and thinking that’s not right.

“My advice to next year’s students is to try not to get carried away with the hype of it all. Try to enjoy it because you will realise that learning is a privilege,” she said.

Georgia Barton from North Nowra got a band six in legal studies, modern history and society and culture.

Her ATAR was 96.8.

“It’s so exciting,” she said.

“I couldn’t sleep on Tuesday night and I was up at 5am to check my scores on Wednesday morning.

“I was in shock, I worked hard but wasn’t expecting to get as high as I did.

“I got selective entry into University of Wollongong to do arts law.

“I would like to work in the humanitarian law field and maybe specialise in refugee law.

“I wanted to work as hard as I could, so I worked every day, as soon as I got home from school.

“There is a lot of stress so it’s good to have a balance, a job or a social life.”

Fellow student Alex Gaudie did the HSC the same time as his brother Jack.

Alex got an ATAR of 84.8 with Jack scoring an ATAR of 92.

“We were only in history extension together and we shared notes in that class, but apart from that we were by ourselves.

“We were both pretty stressed at times so it was good to have someone there to help you through it, to put it into perspective.

“I got into selective entry at University of Wollongong arts and international studies.

“Jack was planning to go to Sydney or Melbourne,” he said.

BROAD HORIZONS: Lauren O’Connor encouraged next year’s HSC students to avoid being caught up in the hype.

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