The stress about my impending HSC exams has really started to take its toll. Everyday I get really worried about what is going to happen in my life and if I am prepared enough for my exams. It is getting to the point where I am on the verge of tears everyday, physically nauseous, have headaches and just nervous all the time.
They say that we should not be stressed about our ATAR or the HSC but how can they turn around and say that now. For the past 5 years we have repeatedly been told that this is the most important time of our lives and that what happens now affects what happens in the future. By calling something 'the most important exam of your life' it is sure to bring some amounts of stress and add some pressure. The fact that the HSC is the hardest means of graduating high school in Australia must mean that it is unnecessary. Us HSC kids are being ranked against people who do things that are so much easier and consequently get better ATARs than we do. These people then get into the courses that HSC students wanted to get into but can't because our exams, our curriculum, our everything has been harder from the beginning. It is not fair and needs to stop.
I believe that you should not be tested on your memory as a way to determine your intelligence. The HSC is a test of memory, it is nothing but that. If you remember everything that relates to your syllabus content then you will get that 99.95 ATAR that everyone dreams of. But too many cannot do that. I cannot do that. As Albert Einstein once said "Everybody is a genius. If you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid." This is what the HSC is doing to us all. It is not fair that we are being judged on things that we may not be good at and having them define our career paths.