Hard work pays off for Bright dux
BRIGHT P12 College dux Caitlin Smith has surpassed her expectations with an ATAR of 96.95.
The 18 year-old is now guaranteed a place in two of her three university course preferences next year, however, she’ll wait until round one offers are released on January 18.
“I’ll probably be doing physiotherapy or science next year,” Ms Smith said.
“My ATAR will be high enough to get me into physiotherapy and I’m guaranteed entry into science at Melbourne Uni.
“I can also choose to re-sit the UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test) to get into medicine next year.
“I really like the idea of being a GP and have done a lot of work experience with the doctors at Wangaratta Hospital and also went to Nepal last year.”
Ms Smith said she couldn’t be happier with her score which she received at 7am on Friday.
“I was hoping for a score in the high 80s and then after the exams, which I didn’t think went so well, I was expecting mid to low 80s,” she said.
“I ended up doing a lot better than I expected in a few subjects, I had a study score of 48 in chemistry and got a 45 in psychology.
“I put in a lot of effort during the year studying for about five hours a night so I’m just really pleased that the score I got reflects how hard I worked.”
Bright P12 College principal Jean Olley said Ms Smith had been a consistent performer throughout her secondary education.
“We’re very proud of Caitlin, she’s been very consistent in her study not just this year but right through high school,” she said.
“It’s takes a lot of character and self-regulation to maintain that effort over the course of the year and it’s fantastic to see Caitlin’s time and effort rewarded.”
Ms Olley said other students also attained some impressive results.
“Overall the group did very well,” she said.
“The average score lifted again and at the end of the day we hope that all students get the score they need to get into their course or they leave Bright P12 College knowing they’ve achieved something by completing their VCE.”