Hey, I’m Ash. I’m just a regular twenty-something year-old Albany chick and I’ll be letting you see the world through my eyes over the coming weeks. I love pink, pizza and know every word to Ice Ice Baby. Intrigued? There’s plenty to talk about…
LATE nights, several packets of carbohydrate-packed lollies, an extra sugar in your RedBull… sound familiar?
Yes, it is that time of year again, where year 12 students are gearing up for the scorch trials that are mock exams, before the final WACE (Western Australian Certificate of Education) exams in a few months.
Now the first thing any parent or friend usually tells you is ‘don’t stress out, just focus, make sure you get fresh air and eat healthy.’
Or you could hear the complete opposite, which is usually along the lines of, ‘quit your whining and go study!’
I can honestly say that I received both types of advice.
Predominately the latter.
Many types of dietary and behavioural advice are handed out during pre-exam time; make sure you go out for a walk for 30 minutes a day, eat your two fruit and five vegetables; some of these things just don’t happen during a high stress study sesh!
I graduated from high school a whole three years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday.
So, when I say I understand how you are feeling, I really do understand how you are feeling.
You feel like the weight of having to know what to do after graduation is pushing down on your shoulders.
If I can suggest one thing, let it be this.
Without sounding like super over-dramatic advice, normally delivered by your hippy aunt, it is okay to feel stressed at this time.
Preparing for up to six WACE exams is intense and sometimes you won’t be quite sure what to do.
For those not preparing for exams and who are just focusing on coursework, assignments can pile up quickly too.
When that happens… just breathe.
It’s easier said than done, but it works.
Let those drooping lungs fill with air until they feel like bursting, and then let it all out slowly, one little tiny bit at a time.
Remember to enjoy year 12.
If there is one thing I could go back in time and say to my year 12 self, it’s just to enjoy it.
Enjoy the next few months of wandering around the auditorium or canteen, watching the year sevens squirm as your six-foot frame parts the crowd like the Red Sea.
Soak up the sunshine on the lawn while munching on a sausage roll. Enjoy every last bit of that extra tomato sauce that you busted out 30 cents for.
Year 12 races past in the blink of an eye and there is not long to go, so put your head down and smash it.
Focus on that assignment you have been ignoring for the past three weeks.
Recite those anatomy terms and be confident that the mitochondrion is the powerhouse of the cell. Remember the function of the centriole. Know the difference between fascism and nationalism. Memorise quotes from that novel you had to read.
Practise the different algebraic formulas and create the best notes pages you can.
Remember, fourth quarter, you’re nearly there.
Year 12 is a crazy time, whether you are taking the ATAR pathway, a VET course or getting an apprenticeship.
There are constant forms and applications to fill out, a million questions about what university you want to get into, what job you are going to apply for during your gap year.
All before you have even sat down in that uncomfortable chair in the freezing exam room sandwiched between a kid with the sniffles and a State champion pen clicker.
So, to sum up:
Now hop, skip to it!