Editorial - December 19: Bad HSC mark not a tragedy

TO ALL of the HSC students on the Coffs Coast who are celebrating terrific marks and ATAR scores that will earn them a spot in the tertiary course of their choice, well done.

For all the celebrating though, there's a small group who feel they've failed because their marks aren't what they'd hoped for.

I'm going to be honest here and admit I failed Year 12, and spectacularly so. It's what I deserved really, for showing up barely 50% of the time.

Oddly enough though, as the years have passed, I've realised how little your grades in high school actually matter.

It's been nearly 25 years since I finished high school. In that time, nobody has ever asked me what my ATAR was, in either a professional or social context.

When I was in school I wanted to be either a sports journalist or a physical education teacher.

I didn't pass school but I still managed to end up working in the job I wanted.

Don't just take it from me.

Richard Branson was dyslexic, nearsighted and failed school. He's now worth almost $3billion.

Your worth as a person should not be judged solely on your school results.

And there are ways of getting the job you want, other than through good marks in school.

Brad Greenshields
Acting Editor



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