If the VCE is a marathon, dad and mom are the volunteers, cheering their 12 months 12s onto the following mile, handing out cups of water and snacks. Whereas 12 months 12 and its challenges might be usually seen as insignificant in life’s greater image, for many college students that is the biggest, most enduring and consuming impediment they’ve confronted of their lives up to now. And like all obstacles, we want assist overcoming them.
For a lot of yr 12s, this assist comes from dad and mom. Many dad and mom who’ve the flexibility and assets to take action are cutting back on their hours at work or rigorously curating their calendars to work at home after their 12 months 12s end faculty within the afternoon.
It appears ironic that at a time when younger individuals are purported to transition into adults and begin to search independence from their dad and mom, we start to rely upon our dad and mom extra – they turn into our shoulders to cry on after a tough day, companions for our late night time journeys to Officeworks, or research mates by quizzing us on key ideas earlier than an necessary SAC.
As ironic as it’s, it is usually not fully shocking. For many yr 12s, there may be nothing fairly as nightmare-inducing because the considered the mysterious number-crunching and data-shifting the Victorian Curriculum and Evaluation Authority will do on the finish of the yr to supply the 4 numbers that may seemingly outline our complete instructional journey.
Irrespective of how typically colleges, educators or commentators inform us that our ATARs and research scores don’t outline us, for these few weeks till we are able to solidify plans for the following few years of our lives, they do. And finally, as a lot as we’re grateful for his or her assist in navigating VCE, it is usually arduous to belief their phrases when a lot of their messaging round training drastically adjustments in 12 months 11 and 12.
From main faculty, we had been advised to overlook about our grades, and as a substitute give attention to the pursuit for deeper data that may set us up for all times. This lesson prolonged to all topics and all facets of faculty. I distinctly keep in mind speaking to academics earlier than every NAPLAN take a look at and being advised to not outline ourselves via our outcomes, and to handle stress ranges.
A number of years later, after we begin 12 months 11, the main focus adjustments to memorising the research design, with stress ranges too excessive to even think about going “deeper” in our pursuit for data.
Additionally within the early main years, we had been advised to not compete academically with others, that our solely competitors is with ourselves. How can we probably keep in mind that in VCE when the whims of the bell curve could make or break us?