BALLARAT Secondary College student Trent Williams will enter the English exam room at 9am today to face the first of the final steps for the graduating VCE classes of 2013.
The three-week exam period will test 51,047 eligible students from across the state, a challenge that 18-year-old Trent says isn’t nerving.
“It’s good to have it over and done with so I can focus on what’s next,” Trent said.
While managing karate, basketball and piano practice on top of his studies, the Wendouree teenager has already begun submitting creative portfolios and attending university interviews.
“I’ve applied for courses in animation and game design. I’ve always had a fascination for the way they work,” he said.
Ballarat Secondary College principal Harold Cheung described Trent’s year level to be a group of hard-working and mature students, adding they studied hard “because they want to, rather than have to”.
About 100 students will enter the BSC examination room this morning, a prospect some may find daunting. But Mr Cheung’s said it was exciting.
“We try to put students in an adult working environment ... lessons of time-management, organisation, responsibility and safety are things we impart on them over the past two years,” Mr Cheung said.
VCE students at Ballarat Secondary College are equipped with a pathway teacher to assist in planning their educational journey. Youth counsellors and wellbeing leaders were also available during the study and examination period for guidance and support.
While Trent agreed this system had been beneficial to his education and development, he said strong morale between students was also a crucial support factor.
“You feel that you’re not doing it by yourself,” Trent said.
“A few of my friends are taking it easy and some are freaking out.”
University open days, lectures and open student discussions were what Trent believed to be sources of motivation and direction.
After completing the exams, Trent said he will “probably do a whole lot of nothing ... take a long break”.