Friday 5 June 2015

Year 12 isn't important

Dear Chloe

I know it's totally not PC to tell you this, but year 12 is irrelevant.

I know you're currently stressing about remembering everything for your exams, but you don't need to.

I know you're wondering if your grades will be good enough for university, and they will be.

Because, dear girl, you are good enough.

You know the work, even if you might struggle to recall under exam conditions. 

Trust me when I tell you that once I joined the workforce, I never encountered exam conditions again.

You will get in to university, if that is your goal, even if it isn't next year.

You won't ever write an analysis of a book you hated again, unless writing book reviews becomes your job.

Because, dear girl, you are good enough.

The important part of year 12 is you learning how you work.

The important part of year 12 is you understanding how all these strings work together to put you in the same basket as everyone else.

You are not the same as everyone else, you are uniquely Chloe, with your flawed parents, and your unusual experiences, and your best friends that make up you.

You are awesome, Chloe, and I've got your back.

You will rock it.

But if you don't, you'll try again.

Do you think year 12 results are important in twenty years time?

Linking up with weekend Rewind at Maxabella Loves and A Life Less Frantic 



  1. Year 12 results only really count for university acceptance offers and that's about it. I can't even remember the subjects I studied in year 12 and it hasn't even been 20 years since I did it.

    1. my parents insisted I studied accounting. I hated every minute of it, but it's probably the one subject I still use to this day.

  2. Sad to say that I didn't even go to year 12. But I was accepted to uni at 50 years of age!!! Not that I recommend it to anyone else.
    Well said Cate.
    Chloe, the important thing is that you learn who you are and what you are capable of. You are good enough. No matter what you choose to do in life, YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH.

  3. In the U.S., it is the total of the four years of high school (the cumulative GPA and the extra-curricular activities participated in, as well as the scores on standardized testing) that matter for acceptance to college or university. And are looked at when determining scholarships. Once you are in college, what you did in high school doesn't count for diddly squat. The problem here is that too much emphasis is placed on SAT scores - and for smart students with lots to offer who simply don't do well in the testing situation.... it's just not an accurate predictor of their capability for success. And a huge downfall in our system.

  4. This sounds as if it really comes from the heart, Cate. (Over here, Year 12 results are actually very important). Wishing you all well in these stressy times!


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