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October 22, 2020, 01:51:05 pm

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The Last Stretch - HSC Journal
« on: October 02, 2020, 12:12:40 pm »
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      Hi everyone!

      My name is Zack and I am doing my HSC in 2021. For whatever reason, I have decided to construct an HSC Journal that will keep track of my journey heading into year 12 up until the final exams. Just for some background, I am currently 17 years old and attend a public school in Lower-North Shore Sydney. Before the term concluded, I was elected school captain and have the honour of carrying out all related duties for the remainder of my time at school, as well as maintaining a solid study-life balance (sounds slightly improbable, but oh well). I will try to update this weekly, describing how the week went and providing a general idea about how I am feeling in the lead up to the final exams/assessments. So, without further ado, join me on this monumental journey!

      During my final year, I will be undertaking 6 subjects.

      • History Extension: Y11 Rank (Unknown)
      • English Advanced: Y11 Rank (10~/70)
      • Legal Studies: Y11 Rank (3~/45)
      • Maths Advanced: Y11 Rank (20~/60)
      • Economics: Y11 Rank (2/20)
      • Modern History: Y11 Rank (5/50)
    • Biology: Y11 Rank (3/60)

I will not be undertaking Biology as a subject next year. Whilst it can be argued that my rank is high and therefore I should keep the subject, I genuinely have no interest in the subject and am willing to dedicate that additional time to bettering my other subjects. Ranks are all over the place, to be honest. We have not received our preliminary exam results yet for most subjects, therefore the ranks are a bit 'wishy-washy'. However, I am looking to nail down this year and really strive towards a 1st rank for at least three of my subjects (preferably Legal Studies, History Ext and Economics). As such, I need to work on improving my mathematics marks, which are acting as an anchor on my other subjects (peaked in year 6 for maths). We will see what happens though!

In regards to setting goals, I most assuredly want to achieve high ranks in all my subjects. ATAR-wise, I am looking in the range of 95-98, which certainly appears to be optimistic and could be readjusted later on. My dream course is to do a Bachelor of Commerce/Law at USyd, which is a 98 requirement with a mathematics prerequisite when applying through the Future Leaders Scheme. Originally, I wanted to do a Bachelor of Commerce, which was a 95/96 cutoff, but the secret weapon of school captaincy materialised and permits me to apply through the aforementioned Future Leaders Scheme. As such, I have developed a strong passion for the law and Legal Studies as a subject, thus paving the way for me to pursue a career in law.

Currently, I am in the first week of school holidays here in NSW and am looking forward to beginning Y12 upon return. I've attended a few of the ATARNotes accelerator/early Y12 seminars, which have been incredibly helpful. Additionally, I have begun organising my notes for the year, in an attempt to develop a rudimentary and somewhat superficial understanding that will provide a strong basis for the beginning of all my courses.

Anyway, I'll stop rambling! Feel free to ask as many questions about whatever I have written here and stay tuned for next week's episode. See you all then.

Aim: 98 ATAR (Bachelor of Commerce/Law at USyd + Future Leaders Scheme)

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Re: The Last Stretch - HSC Journal
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2020, 09:53:09 pm »
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Hey there, it's been a while.

The first week of Y12 has sadly concluded. I received most of my preliminary marks back this week, of which were mostly in the 81%-90% range (which I'm okay with, but would love to up my game a little). Regardless, this term is a fresh start as I tackle the problems of the world in a variety of different subjects. Biology is, unfortunately, leaving my timetable, thus providing me with additional time to annoy the school librarian. A win-win situation, if you ask me. However, in a measly attempt to rejuvenate my mathematics mark during the HSC, I picked up history extension. No, that wasn't the core reason for my selection but I'd be lying if I denied the fact that it was a contributing factor. That begins next week and needless to say, I'm looking forward to it.

Aside from that, Y12 has been relatively uneventful so far. I suppose it's had some overarching feeling of vigour and vitality floating within me, but it's been pretty stock-standard. For Modern History, Legal Studies and Economics, it would appear that we are doing some incredibly intriguing case studies throughout the year and focusing on particularly invigorating topics, of which I am looking forward to.

Stay tuned for an update! Bye!
Aim: 98 ATAR (Bachelor of Commerce/Law at USyd + Future Leaders Scheme)

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Re: The Last Stretch - HSC Journal
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2020, 10:37:57 pm »
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Great to see your journal!
As much as I like biology if you don't find it interesting then I definitely think staying in it just for your rank wouldn't be a great idea so it's good to see you've made that decision. I hope you enjoy the extra time that frees up for you :)

I personally did a bunch of leadership stuff during year 12 as have many other people while still achieving our academic goals so it's definitely possible. In a way, I think having the extra role and responsibility can help you manage your time more efficiently.

Good luck with everything :)

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Re: The Last Stretch - HSC Journal
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2020, 02:37:18 pm »
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Oh lovely.

I'm also keeping one on here and honestly I'm looking forward to see how your HSC journey pans out.
I did not get a leadership spot by ahggg the Future Leaders Scheme sounds good! I could possibly foresee USYD as an option if only I received DUX (which would be not completely off my radar) but as of now I'd be willing for Law/Arts at UNSW.

Not sure if UNSW is in your periphery, but if it was, did you do the LAT by any chance?
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Re: The Last Stretch - HSC Journal
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2020, 07:16:45 pm »
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Oh lovely.

I'm also keeping one on here and honestly I'm looking forward to see how your HSC journey pans out.
I did not get a leadership spot by ahggg the Future Leaders Scheme sounds good! I could possibly foresee USYD as an option if only I received DUX (which would be not completely off my radar) but as of now I'd be willing for Law/Arts at UNSW.

Not sure if UNSW is in your periphery, but if it was, did you do the LAT by any chance?

The Future Leaders Scheme is a literal miracle, I was ecstatic upon finding out about it. Definitely worth pushing it the extra mile for dux if you are within the radar for it!

About the LAT, I have always considered USyd to be my first option on the basis that the scheme allows for 'easy' access into the university, as well as the fact that the university has an incredibly vibrant culture. Therefore, in all honesty, I have never really considered going to UNSW. Obviously, I wouldn't be opposed to the potential of that happening, but I have not undertaken the LAT exam nor have prepared myself to meet the precipitous requirements for admission. However, I will consider applying to complete the exam during my Y12 year, as it seems like a very viable option!
Aim: 98 ATAR (Bachelor of Commerce/Law at USyd + Future Leaders Scheme)

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Re: The Last Stretch - HSC Journal
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2020, 07:23:58 pm »
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Great to see your journal!
As much as I like biology if you don't find it interesting then I definitely think staying in it just for your rank wouldn't be a great idea so it's good to see you've made that decision. I hope you enjoy the extra time that frees up for you :)

I personally did a bunch of leadership stuff during year 12 as have many other people while still achieving our academic goals so it's definitely possible. In a way, I think having the extra role and responsibility can help you manage your time more efficiently.

Good luck with everything :)

That's exactly how I felt in regards to dropping biology as a subject. Despite the entire science faculty of my school coming together as a collective to convince me to stay in biology, I don't have much interest in the subject holistically and I do not want to undertake a course that I have little to no interest in.

I couldn't agree more about the leadership comment! I'm hoping that the additional roles and responsibilities that accompany my role as school captain will deprive me of some extra time that I will undoubtedly have throughout the year. This will reinforce the idea that I need to study smarter, not harder. Looking forward to it though! Big year ahead!
Aim: 98 ATAR (Bachelor of Commerce/Law at USyd + Future Leaders Scheme)