Hard work finally pays off
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.