Park benches, scenic walks and other meditative places in Griffith will be increasingly occupied in coming days. Hundreds of unemployed graduates will be contemplating their futures without high school, having receiving their ATAR and HSC scores last week.
With what many were calling the hardest year of their young lives now behind them, Griffith’s 2018 graduates have big plans for the future.
Having receiving their ATAR scores on Friday morning and their HSC scores on Thursday, the consensus among Griffith High and Wade High students last week was a general feeling of relief.
Among those hoping to begin studying a university degree at the beginning of next year was Wade High graduate Luke Woodward.
“I have just been selected to study at Macquarie University to study to become a language teacher in German and Italian, I’ll be doing it by distance education” Luke said.
Also hoping to go to university as soon as possible was Griffith High student Scott Mallise who topped his school’s standard English class.
“I’m going to uni in March and studying teaching, I want to get my masters and study in Western Sydney,” Scott said.
“At first I wasn't sure about going to a city based university because I grew up in Griffith, but then I thought nah, I want to get out of the Riverina for a little while.
“Hopefully If I finish university and get my degrees in teaching (history) I want to come back out to the country," Scott said.
Other students said they wanted to take a gap before pursuing further studying including Wade High student Josie Gehlan who wants to study primary teaching at the University of Newcastle.
“When I want to raise a family I will probably move back here with my mum and dad, but when I am young I would like to travel,” Josie said.
“All my older cousins, they're already at uni and my sister is leaving next year, pretty much everyone I know who is in my family that is young has left.
“My dad left and came back and so did all of his siblings, my cousin who’s 30 left and became a physio and came back to work at Leeton, my cousins who are at uni always come back in the summer to work here.
Josie said a lot of people who are doing gap years will be looking for work at wineries such as Casella.
Tessa Kelly who scored the ‘first in the class’ at wade high for Maths, English, Business and History she will also be doing a gap year and already has a job lined up at Casella.
“I’ll do a gap year then do an Arts-Law degree at maybe Monash or Deakin universities.”
Griffith High student Harsh Rathi scored three band six scores between, scores of between 90 and 100, for his HSC tests in math, math extension, and engineering.
Harsh said he is planning to study medicine, possibly in Adelaide.
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