As more than 20,000 graduates from across the state waited to hear news of university offers recently, two Griffith students described feelings of relief and excitement.
The girls, both Wade High School graduates, are looking forward to big things in the coming months.
Angie Molyneaux, aged 17, received an early offer from Charles Sturt University in Wagga to study agricultural science. She said the offer felt like a weight had been lifted.
“I don’t have to use that number ever. My offer took the pressure off receiving my ATAR. I still wanted my ATAR to be good,” she said.
“HSC actually wasn’t too bad. I was really nervous going into it. You put a lot of pressure you put on yourself, but it’s not always as bad as everyone says.”
Ms Molyneaux moved to Myall Park from Botany Bay a few years ago. She attributes her decision to study agriculture to the move.
“I sometimes say I often wonder what I’d be doing if we’d never moved here. I have Griffith to thank for that,” she said.
“It’s a really broad field of study too. You could be a farmer, an agronomist or someone else in the industry. Those classes in high school really solidified what I wanted to do.”
I often wonder what I’d be doing if we’d never moved here. have Griffith to thank for that.Angie Molyneaux
Her classmate Alex Ellis is someone else with a big path ahead. Ms Ellis has been offered places to study both speech pathology and early childhood and primary teaching at two different Charles Sturt campuses.
“In both careers I’d work with kids. I think that’s the main aim. There are a lot of opportunities with both options,” Ms Ellis said.
Ms Ellis opted to take a 12 month break from study, securing herself a full-time job.
“The whole HSC process was a bit stressful. I was excited to move on to the next thing by the end of it,” she said.
When it comes to HSC, Ms Ellis says it can be what you make of it.
“I think there is definitely pressure there, but you can listen to it or you can block it out and do your own thing,” she said.
While it may be a stressful experience for many, Ms Molyneaux said a couple of different HSC classes helped her decide where she wanted to go with her studies.
“I want to work as an agronomist and help out farmers. There’s so much exciting technology now,” she said.
They paid credit to their teachers at Wade High School.
“Most of your teachers are really good. They try to keep you calm throughout the whole thing,” Ms Ellis said.
When asked what she’d say to anyone about to enter HSC, Ms Ellis’ advice was simple.
“Just take it easy. Try not to stress too much about what’s going to happen. There is life after high school,” she said.
“Try hard, but don’t beat yourself up about it.”
Both girls applied to Charles Sturt University (CSU). The regional university recently announced it had made a total of 13 605 offers for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees for Semester one in 2018.
CSU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Toni Downes congratulated everyone who had received an offer.
"I congratulate all students who have received an offer to study at Charles Sturt University in 2017,” she said.
"We are excited to be able to make offers to such a large number of students and we look forward to changing the lives of these students with our distinctive degrees.”