December 2, 2014

Sammi Taylor

5 Ways to Wait for Your ATAR

There are less than two weeks til VCE results are released and the nail biting is set to begin. Waiting patiently for your score can be frustrating and make you incredibly anxious, so I’ve compiled a list of ways to pass the time til ATAR day.

Veg out

After months of studying, you’ve earned the right to lay on the couch for ten consecutive days in your pyjamas and binge watch all four seasons of The O.C. This also applies to Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill and anything else that requires minimal brain effort. Mindless, trashy television is the best possible cure for VCE-itis and after just a few episodes you’ll fall into a cycle of losing track of time, place and just how many hours/days you’ve spent invested in the lives of fictional characters.

The same goes for reading; books that aren’t on the prescribed English text list! My head is currently buried in Tara Moss’ The Fictional Woman (which I highly recommend) and reading it feels a million times better than analysing the copious amounts of Shakespeare I’ve endured throughout VCE Literature.


Recycle (or burn) your notes

It’s cathartic! Never again will you have to use algebraic formulas, so say goodbye to your maths notebooks. Your knowledge of physics can migrate from your brain to the bottom of the recycling bin, and it feels oh-so-good to say au-revoir to your French cue cards. For an added bonus, you can sell your text books and novels to future students or second hand book shops, and contribute to your personal schoolies fund by doing so.


It’s an age old tradition, a rite of passage for teenagers to celebrate the end of their schooling journey. Typically, it involves a beach front location with an excess of partying, booze and consequent trouble—but you don’t have to get smashed to have fun. Schoolies is an opportunity for you to spend time with your friends, relax and reflect. It doesn’t have to end with passing out on the sand or a trip to the emergency room. Be cautious and be aware of your surroundings and the consequences of your actions. Please look out for your friends, and remember the rules of consent. Don’t give the media a chance to demonise the youth of today with television segments about the ‘evil troublemakers’ we so obviously are (not). This is not an order to cease partying or drinking, rather a reminder to both be safe and keep your peers safe. Remember, Schoolies week belongs to you (and the other 44,000 VCE students) so make the most of it, and try your very best not to end up on the Embarrassing Schoolies 2014 Facebook page.



Volunteering is a great way to pass the time AND make a difference. Approaching Christmas time, many organisations need more volunteers to collect goods, pack care packages and hampers for the less fortunate and work at soup vans and food distribution centres. Find a cause that you’re passionate about and check their website to see if they need an extra pair of hands. Your volunteering endeavours may even take you interstate or overseas!

Click here for a comprehensive list of current positions.

DonATAR: Donate Your Atar

DonATAR is a charity initiative run by the Year 12’s of 2014. It encourages school leavers to donate the monetary equivalent (or a percentage) of their ATAR score to a charity organisation of their choice. For example, an ATAR of 72.40 may mean a donation of $72.40 to an organisation that is meaningful to the individual. This means not only that you’re doing a good deed, but that your ATAR retains its significance after University acceptance letters are received and High School is all but a distant memory.

You can find out more information on DonATAR’s facebook page.

Don’t forget: your ATAR is not an indication of your future success. It is a numerical rank that does not necessarily define your abilities or efforts. Regardless of the digits allocated to your name, you are capable of whatever you set your mind to. VCE is not the end of the world, and you all deserve a pat on the back for surviving 13 years of education. Congratulations! Welcome to the real world.

– Sammi Taylor


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