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Bad vce results stress

(Yes I have already posted this on another chat thing, I just felt like this chat would he more suited for the topic) I feel like i've fucked up my vce, and life pretty much. I was never good at managing my time outside of school and I recently submitted a folio for visual communication design I am really not proud of. We have to write about it and review our work as another component of the assessment and just writing that makes me want to cry as I remember all the other components I forgot to include in it. The folio is 40% of the subjects grade aswell so I feel like I have stuffed up an exam and its allmy fault.. I'm also failing english too that I'm worried I won't even get a 25 thats needed for most uni's and its so hard to do well when you don't even know what to aim for for a result knowing nothing about what I want to study or do for a career. So yeah, I was wondering if anyone else is struggling with the same issues and or if their are other ways to get into things even if I don't get a 25 in english. I just want to be happy in the future.

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Hey thanks for waiting,  I have been thinking of ideas that could be of use to you in this situation. I myself was in this exact some situation not that long ago, so I completely understand how you feel and how scary it can all be. Having to decide what you want to do as a career at such a young age. I thought of some ideas that may be of use to you and hopefully can ease your mind a little.

  • If you are struggling with English it could be ideal to go and seek help from a tutor or simply going and asking your English teacher if they have any recommendations they can suggest maybe telling you exactly where you are going wrong in English.
  •  I can sense that you are also frustrated about not being able to manage your time outside of school, what really helped me was making a study/ assignment plan, this really helped me manage my time and I still use it now. I marked out when things were due and when exams were and could visually see when things were due and how long I had to do them.
  • It is also really important to remember that VCE is not the end of the world, there is life outside of school, school is only a part of your journey not all of it.
  • As for your frustration about not knowing what you want to do in the future, I think it would be really helpfully if you went to Uni open days and Tafe open days. They will be able to show you around the campus and show you all the courses they have to offer. Most University and Tafe's also offer early entrance or scholarships it would be really worthwhile checking those out, help you ease your mind about getting accepted.

How do these ideas sound to you?

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Hi @anonymousgirl101

I can totally relate to education pressures Smiley Sad 

One thing that I wish I knew back then when I was super stressed and anxious is that there are many ways to get into what you want to do in the future. Open Universities Australia is a really good option for alternative pathways to go to uni. It might be worth sending them a quick e-mail about the course you were maybe interested in. 

My mum also told me that sometimes a monkey falls from a tree, but then climbs back up. I like this quote and it makes me feel better when I don't do so well because then I can 'climb back up'. 

You're showing a lot of self-awareness though and that will be really helpful in the future. 

Please keep us updated!

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Thank you, that makes me feel a lot better, I'll definitely look into that open universitys australia thing Smiley Happy I think I want to get into maybe the entertainment industry, in the production of either making films/tv stuff or video games. I do enjoy drawing and creating but my main worry is that becuase being in those industries I would have to draw and create things people want me to create and that takes away one of my favourite parts about drawing and creating; the freedom of doing it. And I know I definitely don't want to be a freelance artist or anything becuase I want to work with people and have a stable income. Its just a bit hard knowing for sure what you want to do and study for when you've never been in the industry yourself. But yeah, thanks for the comment
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Thanks for the comment, I have talked to people at school that specialise in career planning and jobs and stuff, and they have helped me quite a bit friguring out how to deffer and have a gap year next year. I can't exactly go to them though when I really have no idea about what I want to do, because they don't know what I enjoy and what I'm exactly interested in, I just feel like its something I have to figure out for myself. Since I'm having a gap year next year I'm going to work and travel a little bit to hopefully build up some of my hobbies and find out more about myself. In english I'm just studying up and re-reading all the texts again, I'm just going to do heaps of practise essays for my teacher to check and hopefully by the end of it I will be better at it. Since my english class is so big its a bit hard for me to get help but I'm going to go out of my way to talk to my teacher in my own time to hopefully get better at writing essays so I'll be able to do the exam with more confidence. Again, thanks for the reply Smiley Happy
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Hey @anonymousgirl101 I think your plan of attack is brilliant!!

 

Having a gap year is an excellent way to take the pressure off, explore, and hopefully figure out what you'd like to do Smiley Happy I similarly had no idea what I wanted to do when I left school, my main problem being I wanted to do too many things! I found that speaking to people in the profession and organising work experience was a really good way to figure out what I did/did not want to do! It was surprisingly easy to organise work experience, people are usually very willing to help! Especially when they are really passionate about their profession, they seemed to love any opportunity to show someone else how awesome it is!  I literally just contacted a bunch of places and asked if it would be ok for me to come in for a day and shadow someone until someone said yes! I also called/emailed people and asked them questions about their role and how they got there, which was really helpful too! It sounds like you're pretty busy atm with studying but perhaps this could be an option when you've got a bit more free time?

 

I also think you're totally nailing your English studies by the way! Re-reading texts, writing practice essays, and learning from feedback are the way to go and it sounds like you're all over it!! Smiley Happy

 

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Thanks for the reply @Autumn23 , I have thought about asking around for work experience, but I thought no one would say yes so I haven't tried yet. I'll definitely give it a go next year though, thanks for the idea Smiley Happy
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No worries at all @anonymousgirl101!! Yeah I thought the same until someone else I knew did it and so I thought I'd give it a go! I did contact quite a lot of people haha and not everyone got back to me, but the ones that did were really willing to help - or pass me on to someone else who was able to! All the best with your studies!!! xx

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No problem at all @anonymousgirl101!

That's exciting! I really believe in following your passions. That's true about maybe being asked to create certain things, I think some people would make sure they have time to create the things they want to on the side Smiley Happy

Etsy and Instagram are huge platforms to kind of 'advertise' the work you're passionate about! I know some people who do that as a hobby, and sometimes it can actually pick up! 

What kind of drawings and creations do you like to do? 

Please don't feel alone in your pressures, we're always here to talk okay? Smiley Happy 

 

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Oh! I forgot to mention @anonymousgirl101 that doing an internship or volunteering helps to get your 'foot in the door' to what you want to do Smiley Happy 

Also since you can have hands-on experience, it will help to show you if it's something you like or not.