Pathways and Perception
In Australia, young people in Years 11 (11th grade) and 12 (12th grade) will be completed their HSC (Higher School Certificate) or if they live in the state of Victoria their VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education).
The 12th grade is the final year of schooling. For many year 12s this is an exciting time for you – you are finishing your schooling! Yay! No more school! Woo-hoo! But it is also a time of mixed emotions. You may be nervous, uncertain, happy, and sad, frighten and these are perfectly normal emotions.
It’s been a few years (12 actually!) since I finished my secondary school years, and I just felt guided to share some slight wisdom with you.
EXAMS WILL NOT DEFINE YOU:
No exams will define you – you can only do your best. Actually, I take my hat off to all Year 12s for actually attempting to sit your exams. I was unable to sit mine for personal reasons. I feel there so much stress, anxiety involved – and you don’t need this pressure on yourself. You can only do your best – if you can sit and only do part of the exam – that’s fine. You have accomplishment so much in your final year of school. Exams is just an exam….you have already work so hard already throughout the year!!
BALANCE YOUR STUDIES & SELF CARE:
I’m sure you have heard the British proverb: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” It is important to take some time out of your studies. You can’t be always focusing on your studies all the time. You need to allow your mind to process the information that you have stored in your brain of yours. While any form of mental stimulation is fantastic, as a student you need to balance that with getting enough sleep, a healthy diet, physical exercise and relaxation. Yes, Year 12 is quite a juggling act a times, but it is very important to make sure to put your needs first during exam and study season!
REACHING OUT FOR HELP & SUPPORT:
Don’t be afraid to speak up and out to other people for help if you feel overwhelmed, stressed, tired, frustrated, or just need to cry when you feel like it. There are always your teachers, counsellors, your parents, friends, your principal and other support services available for young people.
PATHWAYS ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU:
You have big dreams and goals – and this is wonderful! Please don’t give up on your dreams! I’m 30 years old and I’m still working out what I would like to do in my life. It does get better after school. Life is simply an adventure – and there are pathways towards your goals. Just because perhaps you may or may not have the particular TER score or the particular university or TAFE course that you were after, doesn’t mean that it won’t happen in the future.
You are still so young, and each of you – have a bright and joyous future ahead of you. Even when one pathway may seem so far away, or the steps to get there seem so endless or there are many twists and turns, this is a part of life. Life is about learning through experience: It is about making mistakes but learning from these mistakes creates a greater wisdom of yourself and your own dreams.
So my point to you, lovely and beautiful young people – is that pathways are available to you. Anything is possible with patience, hard work, effort and the believe in yourself. If you have the belief in yourself – you can do anything. It is your time to fly!!!
Please don’t let anything stop you from achieving your goals. You still have so much to offer this world. There are no limits whatsoever to age, education, finances, or even learning ability.
You are the driving force to make your dreams into a reality – and you have an entire lifetime to do this.
Much love and light to all of you and Good luck with your exams!