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Which VCE subject would you prefer to do?

English
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Maths Methods
13 (31.7%)
Chemistry
10 (24.4%)
Legal Studies
6 (14.6%)
History Revolutions
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Re: Bean's Tumultuous Year 12 Journey
« Reply #45 on: July 21, 2019, 04:05:12 pm »
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What app is it, if I can ask? Would be helpful for me too ;D ;D ;D
I'm not smallbean but it sounds like Forest. I've got it and it's pretty good. Only bad thing is that you can't pause a timer.

Hey guys,
The app is called Flipd and it's pretty good because it's free and sends you notifications once you have completed a set time of study! I've also heard of Forest before and have it downloaded on my laptop but don't have it on my phone.  :)
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Re: Bean's Tumultuous Year 12 Journey
« Reply #46 on: July 28, 2019, 08:28:45 pm »
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28th July 2019

ďForgive yourself for your faults and mistakes and move on.Ē
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Last week was full of ups-and-downs.

Fortunately, it was a week free from Sacs and started off with a Legal excursion for a full day. Our Legal Class got to visit courts in the city and sat in on a pleading in regards to a murder, which was quite confronting as we saw the accused in person as he walked to his seating position with police officers trailing behind him. A highlight of the excursion was also meeting a judge and being able to interview him to get an insight into what his daily life was like in such a highly regarded occupation. Although Iíd never want to be a lawyer (because Iíve barely ever won an argument), being able to see content that weíd been ROTE learning from a textbook simply come to action in the real world was definitely a very valuable experience.

News Update
On Friday, I sat the much dreaded UCAT.  Itíd almost felt like an interrogation at first because as soon as I went into the testing centre, they gave me a pat-down to make sure I wasnít carrying anything suspicious with me. When I went into the testing room, it was dead silent with computers next to each other and others had already started the exam. Taking a deep breath, I reminded myself that this wasnít the be-all and end-all, and that doing my best was all that mattered.
During the exam, I struggled quite a bit with timing and even had to guess some questions but it was due to a lack of timed practise. After the exam was completed, I felt a sense of relief as itíd been lingering in the back of my mind for so long and it felt like a weight had been lifted off of my shoulders. Now it was time to find out how I went.

UCAT Results (warning, disappointment ahead)
Iíd been told that I would receive my UCAT results half an hour after taking the exam. I had to wait until I got home to check it as for some reason the website wasnít working on my phone. I took a deep breath upon seeing the email and shakingly logged in, telling myself that there were other universities that didnít require a UCAT score for Medicine.

A score of less than 2500 appeared on the screen. My stomach dropped. I didnít know how to break it to my parents that Monash Med was out of the picture, that I had no chance of applying to universities that would use my UCAT score as an indicator of my abilities. Mustering up the courage, I first told my dad, who was never intent on me getting into Medicine anyway. He just gave me a sympathetic look and told me that Commerce would always be my back-up option. I then told my Mum. She wasnít sure what to make of my results, as percentiles hadnít been confirmed yet and reassured me that I could apply to James Cook or other courses instead. I was almost 100% certain that whatever percentile my score was, wasnít enough to get into Med as some friends had got scores close to 3000. A wave of disappointment washed over me.


 Part of me wants to do Commerce or Computer Science, whilst another part of me can picture myself doing Medicine. I donít just want to be a doctor because of the money or status, but because I want to help patients and make a positive difference to this world. Iíve only got myself to blame for not trying harder to prepare for the UCAT. Perhaps some paths just aren't for me to tread on.
Iím not going to let this discourage me from doing my best in Year 12.

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Re: Bean's Tumultuous Year 12 Journey
« Reply #47 on: July 28, 2019, 08:40:06 pm »
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It's not the end of the world, remember that.
It's great that you have a positive look at what being a doctor requires and needs, and not doing it for the money.

I wish you the best of luck :)

If you have any doubts/rants, please let me know. I'm a med student and have been in the same situation as you.
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Re: Bean's Tumultuous Year 12 Journey
« Reply #48 on: July 28, 2019, 09:33:17 pm »
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Hi Smallbean
I too have received terrible UCAT scores so I completely understand how you are feeling right now. Even though there are people who received 3000+ there are plenty of others on the other end of the spectrum.
Keep smashing your VCE and consider applying interstate to universities that don't place much emphasis on the UCAT such as JCU.
Keep your head up and good luck with the final stretch of your journey.
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Re: Bean's Tumultuous Year 12 Journey
« Reply #49 on: July 29, 2019, 07:03:12 am »
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Med might be for you - I don't know. What I do know is that there are plenty of other ways of helping people & that you shouldn't be pushed into medicine on that basis. There's lots of pros & cons to med (the same being true of other courses too) and it seems like you haven't really decided if med is for you yet.

The pressure to do med can be strong and push you into convincing yourself you would like it so please triple check with yourself if this is really the pathway you want. If it is, you can certainly overcome your UCAT :)
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Re: Bean's Tumultuous Year 12 Journey
« Reply #50 on: July 30, 2019, 12:52:10 pm »
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It's not the end of the world, remember that.
It's great that you have a positive look at what being a doctor requires and needs, and not doing it for the money.

I wish you the best of luck :)

If you have any doubts/rants, please let me know. I'm a med student and have been in the same situation as you.

Hi Smallbean
I too have received terrible UCAT scores so I completely understand how you are feeling right now. Even though there are people who received 3000+ there are plenty of others on the other end of the spectrum.
Keep smashing your VCE and consider applying interstate to universities that don't place much emphasis on the UCAT such as JCU.
Keep your head up and good luck with the final stretch of your journey.


Med might be for you - I don't know. What I do know is that there are plenty of other ways of helping people & that you shouldn't be pushed into medicine on that basis. There's lots of pros & cons to med (the same being true of other courses too) and it seems like you haven't really decided if med is for you yet.

The pressure to do med can be strong and push you into convincing yourself you would like it so please triple check with yourself if this is really the pathway you want. If it is, you can certainly overcome your UCAT :)

Thank you all for the kind words and encouragement as it means a lot to me.  :)
I'll have a go at applying to JCU and other interstate universities just to give myself a chance to overcome such a terrible UCAT score. Medicine itself requires such a high ATAR regardless of the UCAT score so I should keep on hustling no matter what happens.
At the end of the day, Medicine just may not be for me and I will have to learn to accept that sooner or later. There are plenty of other uni courses that hold my interest and I will always find a backup option.
In the meantime, I'll keep my head up (I can't believe there are only three months till exams begin) and try my best to not let this discourage me from aiming to do my best.
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Re: Bean's Tumultuous Year 12 Journey
« Reply #51 on: July 30, 2019, 01:26:02 pm »
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Thank you all for the kind words and encouragement as it means a lot to me.  :)
I'll have a go at applying to JCU and other interstate universities just to give myself a chance to overcome such a terrible UCAT score. Medicine itself requires such a high ATAR regardless of the UCAT score so I should keep on hustling no matter what happens.
At the end of the day, Medicine just may not be for me and I will have to learn to accept that sooner or later. There are plenty of other uni courses that hold my interest and I will always find a backup option.
In the meantime, I'll keep my head up (I can't believe there are only three months till exams begin) and try my best to not let this discourage me from aiming to do my best.

What a fantastic attitude! Wishing you all the best. ;D
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Re: Bean's Tumultuous Year 12 Journey
« Reply #52 on: August 03, 2019, 09:12:36 pm »
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3 August 2019

I can't believe it's August already! This week one of my classmates reminded me that we have less than 100 days until the English exam. yikes

General:
At the beginning of this week, I was hit with the flu.  :P Suddenly, studying for my upcoming Methods and Revs SACs became 10 times harder whilst fighting an illness amidst a throbbing headache. I took a day off school to recover which worked wonders as my sore throat disappeared and I instantly found that retaining information wasn't as much of a challenge anymore.

I also had parent teacher interviews this week which went pretty well. I found out from my English teacher that she has faith in me to do well as I have a good ranking in my cohort which takes a huge weight off of my shoulders already. It had hit me that this was the last parent teacher interview that I would ever had to sit through ever. Time to breathe a sigh of relief!

Subject updates:

English: My most chill class at the moment. English is the one class that we don't have a mountain of homework to complete for as we have just started the comparative. I also received my English Oral SAC and Text Response SAC back, both of which I was really happy with as I'd been convinced that I hadn't answered the text response question completely in my essay.

Methods: Due to my illness, I had to reschedule my integration SAC (which was split into two lessons) to do at the end of this week.  I found the first few questions of both parts suspiciously easy, until I got to the end and was instantly hit with a 16 mark question which I had no idea how to answer. My barely legible scribbles may have gotten me some sympathy marks, but hmmm we can't be too sure about that. Fingers crossed that I can get at least a B for this SAC.

Legal: Got my Legal SAC back for which I received an A+ for. I was really surprised, as I'd stayed up late the night before cramming all of the extra case studies that we had to know. The constitutional law unit that the SAC was on was also quite challenging and I'd been expecting lower grades due to the level of difficulty.  I'm so glad that all my work during the holidays paid off.  :)

Chemistry: We've started Chromatography which is definitely one of my most favourite units as it carries over from Year 11. My teacher skimmed over Organic Pathways which is super crucial for the exam and left our class to teach ourselves this unit, to our dismay. I'm starting to feel like a dog holding its own leash in chemistry.

Revolutions: The Chinese revolution is by far one of my most favourite periods of human history to study.  I have my essay SAC in two days time which I feel quite underprepared for due to forgetting most of the content that I'd memorised while I was sick. My only option now is to cram as many dates and statistics into my head that I can hopefully use in my essay.

Uni preferences also open next week! I've written down a meagre outline of the courses that I am considering, with Commerce being one of my top preferences. I'm still not sure whether to put Medicine at Monash as my first preference as I know that the UCAT score is weighted quite importantly. I don't think I'll stand a chance at getting into Medicine in Victoria, but I might apply interstate because I don't have anything to lose.

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Re: Bean's Tumultuous Year 12 Journey
« Reply #53 on: August 04, 2019, 05:15:38 pm »
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Sounds like you are doing very well. Congratulations! If you want to get into Med at Monash, why not put if first? (Even if you don't think you will get in.) What have you got to lose?

Best of luck!
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