Hard work fi­nally pays off

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Pa­trick Tansey

Co­bram’s Genevieve Cas­sidy was pleas­antly sur­prised when checked her ATAR study score on De­cem­ber 14.

The Goul­burn Val­ley Gram­mar stu­dent’s score of 97.65 meant she had well and truly reaped the fruits of her ef­forts.

Ms Cas­sidy stud­ied English, fur­ther math­e­mat­ics, le­gal stud­ies, lit­er­a­ture and stu­dio arts. She also com­pleted VCE psy­chol­ogy as a Year 11 stu­dent last year.

Caught in a mo­ment of shock and eu­pho­ria, Ms Cas­sidy said the re­sult took a while to fully sink in.

‘‘I was still in bed when I checked my re­sults,’’ she said.

‘‘My ini­tial re­ac­tion was one of dis­be­lief to be hon­est.

‘‘It was shock be­cause I was still half asleep but once it sort of kicked in it was pure ex­cite­ment, I was ab­so­lutely thrilled. ‘‘It was just above my pre­dicted ATAR. ‘‘I was hop­ing to get some­where around that mark but I didn’t think it would be any­thing like what I ac­tu­ally ended up get­ting.’’

While stu­dents live through a myr­iad of emo­tions in Year 12, Ms Cas­sidy said for the most part, she rel­ished the ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘I found it to be a re­ally en­joy­able year. There were times when it was def­i­nitely stress­ful, par­tic­u­larly to­ward the end, but I had such fan­tas­tic teaches and re­ally good friends so I had a good work/so­cial life bal­ance,’’ she said.

Ms Cas­sidy said each teacher who taught her through­out high school had con­trib­uted to her re­sult in one way or an­other.

‘‘I had such good Year 12 teach­ers, they all re­ally helped me this year, but even all the ones from the start of high school have helped me de­velop good study skills, con­fi­dence in the class­room, and just pro­vided me with a re­ally good foun­da­tion to learn,’’ she said.

Ms Cas­sidy plans to go to univer­sity next year and has ap­plied for the de­sign course at Mel­bourne Univer­sity with a fo­cus on ar­chi­tec­ture.

‘‘I have the spe­cial en­try scheme to get into the course which low­ers the ATAR I needed for the course be­cause I was a ru­ral stu­dent, but my ATAR was above the clearly in score any­way, so I think it’s pretty safe, thank­fully.

Ex­cited: Goul­burn Val­ley Gram­mar School stu­dent Genevieve Cas­sidy was stoked with her ATAR re­sult of 97.65.

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