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Re: COLLINE VS VCAA | Who will come out victorious?
« Reply #30 on: June 21, 2019, 03:57:05 pm »
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21 / 06 / 2019  -  Friday

Hello hello beautiful people!!

Sorry for my prolonged absence yet again but I'm backkkkk and I come with good news!!

First off, I've survived Unit 3 mostly unscathed! Mostly, further results are still pending and also because the emotional trauma cannot be ignored.

But here comes the main news... I'm rank 1 for methods!!!!!

We got our SACs back today (both the collaborative and individual parts), and at first I was a little bummed at my results. My overall score was 88%, which is decent, but I was hoping for 90s. I had gotten full marks for the collaborative task 2, and 95 for individual, but only 70 for collaborative 1 which really sabotaged my overall score. But here's the kicker: only the individual counts towards rankings!

Why the school would put us through THREE SACs when only ONE counted is beyond me.

Both me and another student got 95, which were the highest marks in the cohort! If you've read my last update, you'll probably know that I'm incredibly surprised because I thought I really screwed up the individual SAC. I'm absolutely stoked.

Chemistry and biology, on the other hand...

For the chemistry SAC on equilibrium (which took the teachers aaaages to mark considering we did this at the start of the term) I got 57%. Better than the first SAC, that's for sure, but not good enough. For the cell communication SAC (bio), I just made it to 60% - a negligible improvement from SAC 1.

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We've also gotten estimations from our teachers:
-- Further: 44 ~ 47
-- Methods: 42 ~ 45
-- Biology: 32 ~ 35
-- Chemistry: 30 ~ 33
Which would give me an estimated ATAR of 98.80 ~ 99.40

If there's one thing I've learnt from my previous 3/4s though, it's that the estimates are only ever estimates. They're not set in stone and considering we're only halfway through the year, there are so many factors at play which could change these numbers.

My goal? To not become careless and lax for maths, and to start working much harder on bio and chem.

See you all soon!! Good luck to everyone for unit 4!

Colline xx
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Re: COLLINE VS VCAA | Who will come out victorious?
« Reply #31 on: June 26, 2019, 08:33:01 pm »
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Thank you for your super encouraging words Prag! And absolutely no worries, more than happy to help! Thanks for your shout-out by the way, it made my day!

With biology, I think I give it more crap in this journal than it deserves haha! Itís a great subject and the topics are interesting (especially evolution), Iím just very inept at the subject hence my tendency to rant about how much I hate it 😂 I prefer subjects with less rote-learning and more application - like maths; but biology (to me) just consists of remembering things and also remembering how VCAA wants you to write your answers. It might just be because I havenít gotten the hang of the subject, as my smarter friends see bio as an application subject too.

And yes I wouldíve definitely done another subject ó I only discovered recently that the course I hope to get into has PHYSICS as a prerequisite! So if I could choose my subjects all over again, I'd probably go for further, methods, chem, physics; or all three maths and physics.

Good luck with your journey too and with your subject selections! :))
Hi colline! It's very unfortunate that Physics was a prereq. Are you sure Physics was an option because most prereqs for courses state "blah blah methods blah blah english 25 study score in either Chemistry or Physics blah blah"
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Re: COLLINE VS VCAA | Who will come out victorious?
« Reply #32 on: June 27, 2019, 01:57:22 pm »
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Hi colline! It's very unfortunate that Physics was a prereq. Are you sure Physics was an option because most prereqs for courses state "blah blah methods blah blah english 25 study score in either Chemistry or Physics blah blah"

Yeah, physics 3/4 is a prereq for Veterinary Medicine at Melbourne Uni, which is what I'm aiming for. I don't really get it cos surely chem and bio would be more relevant? Like, chem is a prereq for med but physics isn't.

The good thing is I can make up for it by doing physics at uni, but I wish I'm doing it now so I can explore other options and do more electives in uni.

Here's an excerpt from the Melbourne Uni website:
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If youíre looking to become a vet, after successful completion of second-year studies you can specialise in Veterinary Bioscience, a pathway to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. You'll need to have completed VCE Physics 3 and 4, or level 1 Physics subject in your first year or equivalent to be eligible and gain the approval of the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences before you can specialise.
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Re: COLLINE VS VCAA | Who will come out victorious?
« Reply #33 on: June 27, 2019, 04:28:56 pm »
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Yeah, physics 3/4 is a prereq for Veterinary Medicine at Melbourne Uni, which is what I'm aiming for. I don't really get it cos surely chem and bio would be more relevant? Like, chem is a prereq for med but physics isn't.

The good thing is I can make up for it by doing physics at uni, but I wish I'm doing it now so I can explore other options and do more electives in uni.
Ikrr chem or bio would make SO much more sense! Perhaps you could do Biomedicine and learn physics through that? Or maybe you could try out for Monash? Also I was wondering what you think about someone doing both EngLang and Lit in VCE? Do you think it's more of an advantage or a disadvantage? This is a bit late but congrats on your AMAZING scores for Lit and Music Performance!
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Re: COLLINE VS VCAA | Who will come out victorious?
« Reply #34 on: June 27, 2019, 11:29:44 pm »
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Ikrr chem or bio would make SO much more sense! Perhaps you could do Biomedicine and learn physics through that? Or maybe you could try out for Monash? Also I was wondering what you think about someone doing both EngLang and Lit in VCE? Do you think it's more of an advantage or a disadvantage? This is a bit late but congrats on your AMAZING scores for Lit and Music Performance!
I've thought about biomed, but I think BSc/DVM would be the most direct pathway. And AFAIK Monash doesn't offer the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine course :-\

I think Eng Lang AND Lit in VCE is definitely doable! I have friends who have done / are doing the EL + Lit combo and they all seem to enjoy it. Most of them spread them out though, so EL or Lit in year 11 and the other in year 12, but I also know people who have done both in one year and have gotten great results.

I'm not too familiar with the assessments in Eng Lang as I've never done the subject myself, but I don't think it'll be a disadvantage. Maybe a negligible disadvantage at most. From what I've heard, EL is very different to Lit so I don't think content-wise it'll be very repetitive.

Good luck with your subject selection! Let me know what you decide on! :D
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Re: COLLINE VS VCAA | Who will come out victorious?
« Reply #35 on: July 26, 2019, 11:22:03 pm »
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(Sneakily updating the day before the 30-day warning)

26 / 07 / 2019  -  Friday,  Term 3  Week  2

Itís exciting (and scary) to think that in 108 days, Iíll be ~FREE~ from the dreadful entity that is VCAA. :o

Our final term of school kicked off with the methods U4 AOS1 integration SAC on our FIRST DAY BACK. I know I passed, but Iím kind of desperate to maintain my rank, as snobby as that sounds. Itís probably not the best attitude, but Iím just being real here. Iíll save improving my attitude for another day.

Chemistry is going better ó I got a 70% on the poster, which I know sounds quite low to a lot of you, but it's a milestone of an achievement for me.

Organic chem is confusing as itís now overlapping with biology. Youíd think that, by also doing bio, Iíd have an advantage. Well, if I really do, then this just shows that your other VCE subjects won't make a difference unless you actually have brain cells, and Iím severely lacking in that aspect at the moment.

I'm feeling quite burnt out for Further atm and my marks and rank has slipped. I can't believe I'm feeling burnt out for FURTHER, the subject I'm repeating. You'd think I'd be ahead, but alas, nope.

There was the UCAT. My results were as follows:

-- Verbal Reasoning: 590
-- Decision Making: 760
-- Quantitative Reasoning: 880
-- Abstract Reasoning: 700
-- (Situation Judgement: 633)
Total: 2930

I'm quite disappointed with my score for VR, as I didn't think I'd fall below 600 for any section. I'm pleased with my overall score though, and especially for QR. A few of my friends got over 3000 (wowee :O) but as I'm not really aiming for med, I'm not too fussed.


Final thing - VTAC preferences are coming up! The additional December round offer is a nice addition IMO, as Melbourne Uni's graduate degree packages are included in the December round, and my top two preferences (science/DVM and science/eng) are both GDPs.


Byeee! Hope it doesn't take me another month before the next update :P
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Re: COLLINE VS VCAA | Who will come out victorious?
« Reply #36 on: July 27, 2019, 12:16:43 am »
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Colline, your journal gives me so much motivation I canít even describe it lmao.
Sorry if youíve already answered this, but if you arenít aiming for Med, did you need to do the UCAT for DVM, or was it something extra?
Keep working at it  :D There isnít long to go, and Iím absolutely positive youíre going to smash it
Looking forward to your next update!
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« Reply #37 on: July 27, 2019, 08:15:03 pm »
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Colline, your journal gives me so much motivation I canít even describe it lmao.
Sorry if youíve already answered this, but if you arenít aiming for Med, did you need to do the UCAT for DVM, or was it something extra?
Keep working at it  :D There isnít long to go, and Iím absolutely positive youíre going to smash it
Looking forward to your next update!

Hi Jeyda! Thank you so much for reading, it's so reassuring to hear that my journal isn't just mindless rambling to everyone ;D

Don't think I've mentioned it, but I've heard older students  talking about the UMAT for years and have always wondered how I would go on it had I aimed for med, so I did it out of sheer curiousity more than anything else.

You don't need the UCAT for DVM. As far as I know, you just need to study veterinary bioscience at Melb Uni for the accelerated pathway (6 years) or general animal health and disease for the normal pathway (7 years).

Thanks for your encouragement! I'm looking forward to your updates too <3
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Re: COLLINE VS VCAA | Who will come out victorious?
« Reply #38 on: August 19, 2019, 09:07:01 pm »
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19 / 08 / 2019  -  Monday

There are less than 74 days until biology, my first exam!!!
(Cue panicked screaming)

Instead of a boring, subject-related update today, this will specifically be on my VTAC preferences.

I haven't finalised my preferences yet, though I know *for sure* my goal is BSci/DVM at Melbourne University, with BSci/MEng as the backup plan. My current plan looks like this:



I seriously considered putting Melbourne Chancellor's Scholars as my top preference, but with how I'm going in chemistry at the moment, it's not looking good for me. I have a pretty solid chance at DVM, though I think my most REALISTIC one is BSci with a graduate degree guarantee to Master of Engineering.

As for my last preference -- La Trobe is the only uni that offers a bachelors degree in vet studies ó Veterinary Bioscience and Veterinary Nursing. Only bioscience leads to DVM. The course needs an ATAR of 60.20, meaning Iíve already fulfilled the entry requirements as my current ATAR sits at 69.15.

((Technically Deakin also has the Bachelor of Zoology and Animal Science, but that's not what I'm after))


If anybody has any advice regarding preferences (like if you would order them differently) or if anyone knows any other good potential courses which could lead to DVM, please let me know! I would really appreciate it!

Thanks for reading, see you all soon! <3

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(Btw this is really random but I just realised this is my 100th post on AN! 8))
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Re: COLLINE VS VCAA | Who will come out victorious?
« Reply #39 on: August 23, 2019, 09:07:01 am »
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Love your updates colline! Please keep Ďem coming, I love reading them so much!

I was wondering, for your vtac preferences, is there a reason why you donít have bachelor of science by itself as one of the options? If you got into any of the other courses (except la Trobe) doesnít that close off vet for you?

How is biology at the moment?  :D
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« Reply #40 on: August 23, 2019, 10:35:48 am »
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19 / 08 / 2019  -  Monday

There are less than 74 days until biology, my first exam!!!
(Cue panicked screaming)

Instead of a boring, subject-related update today, this will specifically be on my VTAC preferences.

I haven't finalised my preferences yet, though I know *for sure* my goal is BSci/DVM at Melbourne University, with BSci/MEng as the backup plan. My current plan looks like this:

(Image removed from quote.)

I seriously considered putting Melbourne Chancellor's Scholars as my top preference, but with how I'm going in chemistry at the moment, it's not looking good for me. I have a pretty solid chance at DVM, though I think my most REALISTIC one is BSci with a graduate degree guarantee to Master of Engineering.

As for my last preference -- La Trobe is the only uni that offers a bachelors degree in vet studies ó Veterinary Bioscience and Veterinary Nursing. Only bioscience leads to DVM. The course needs an ATAR of 60.20, meaning Iíve already fulfilled the entry requirements as my current ATAR sits at 69.15.

((Technically Deakin also has the Bachelor of Zoology and Animal Science, but that's not what I'm after))


If anybody has any advice regarding preferences (like if you would order them differently) or if anyone knows any other good potential courses which could lead to DVM, please let me know! I would really appreciate it!

Thanks for reading, see you all soon! <3

xx

(Btw this is really random but I just realised this is my 100th post on AN! 8))

Thereís nothing to lose if you keep Melbourne Chancellors on there as first preference except a preference slot. If you can spare one spot, definitely keep chancellors up there!
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« Reply #41 on: August 28, 2019, 10:21:30 pm »
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Love your updates colline! Please keep Ďem coming, I love reading them so much!

I was wondering, for your vtac preferences, is there a reason why you donít have bachelor of science by itself as one of the options? If you got into any of the other courses (except la Trobe) doesnít that close off vet for you?

How is biology at the moment?  :D
Hey, thank you so much for reading! ^-^

I donít have science by itself as a preference because Iíd only want to do science if I know for sure itíll lead to something if that makes sense. Otherwise Iíd just do a double degree which would give me more options in the future. Iím aware that means I might potentially close off the door to DVM but at least Iíll have viable backup options as a safety net. To me, doing only a bachelor of science is just too risky.

Biology is alright, weíre more or less finished with content now so I am moving on to revision!

Thereís nothing to lose if you keep Melbourne Chancellors on there as first preference except a preference slot. If you can spare one spot, definitely keep chancellors up there!

Hi Lear, thanks so much for your suggestion, I really appreciate it! Iíve decided to take my former 8th preference (vet bioscience at La Trobe) off the list and moved everything else one place down so now I have Science Chancellors Scholars as my top preference. I donít think Iíll get it haha but itís really good motivation!

Thanks again, and hope uni has been going well for you! :))
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Re: COLLINE VS VCAA | Who will come out victorious?
« Reply #42 on: August 30, 2019, 08:03:23 am »
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Lead to something as in post grad or career?

What's available at the end very much varies depending on your actions along the way, but you certainly can set yourself up for a good exit :)

(Don't feel pressured by me either tho. If you just don't want normal science on there that's fine :P )
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« Reply #43 on: August 30, 2019, 10:55:24 pm »
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Lead to something as in post grad or career?

I guess it's kinda both. I know that it's entirely possible to get a good job after uni with just a bachelor of science, but a lot of science graduates I know are all working in areas that are completely different to their fields. Hence I want to either do a double degree to give me more options in the future, or science with guaranteed entry into post-grad.

Basically I'm playing it safe ;D

What's available at the end very much varies depending on your actions along the way, but you certainly can set yourself up for a good exit :)

Thanks Bri! I guess at the end of the day having experience trumps what degree you have, so I'll be sure to make that my top priority. :)
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« Reply #44 on: September 27, 2019, 08:03:23 pm »
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