Steve Jobs and the HSC Part 2 – don’t ignore your feelings but don’t panic

Right about now there are students all over NSW wondering if they did enough in the HSC to get into their chosen course at University. Wondering if all those hours of study and effort have all been for nothing. The ATAR was released yesterday and for some it was a thing of beauty however for many it was yet another example of just how confusing the whole “system” is.


So what happens next?

Well if you got a score that seems likely to get you into your chosen course then you are probably happy however if you didn’t then you may be facing up to a what seems like a bleak future. The ironic thing is we are asking these students to choose a course that will set them up in a career but how many of us knew what we wanted to do at 17 or 18 years old?

Whilst this will feel like potentially the end of the world right now frankly there are so many other things that will be more important over time. I have written before about what Steve Jobs said to the Stanford Class and how your life is by no means set in stone. If you are feeling uncertain, nervous or even depressed then you should not be afraid to say so and to seek some help.

The statistics on teenage depression are in themselves very depressing:

  • About 20 percent of teens will experience teen depression before they reach adulthood
  • Between 10 to 15 percent of teenagers have some symptoms of teen depression at any one time
  • About 5 percent of teens are suffering from major depression at any one time
  • As many as 8.3 percent of teens suffer depression for at least a year at a time, compared to about 5.3 percent of the general population
  • Most teens with depression will suffer from more than one episode. 20 to 40 percent will have more than one episode within two years, and 70 percent will have more than one episode before adulthood. Episodes of teen depression generally last about 8 months

Certainly it is not just the HSC that can have you feeling down but if you are worried, nervous, potentially depressed don’t ignore it. Talk to your parents (Ok that may not be an option for some teenagers), talk to your doctor, call someone – maybe Lifeline or Beyond Blue or Headspace who do great things for youth. Whatever you do don’t ignore it.

This is just the start of the next phase of your life so enjoy it and relax in the knowledge that you have so much time ahead of you so nothing is as bad as it might seem.


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2 replies

  1. Well done. Keep offering help and advice, its like advertising, when you need it you will then know where to go.
    I went to uni, to do the course I got into, not my first choice, but loved it.
    Now thirty years later, only three of my class are still in that field we studied, but we all learned how to learn and flow into our own path.
    We also made lifelong friendships, which have been ultimately the best thing about our ‘student’ years.
    I have a black dog (depression) come to visit on occasion, but the support of my friends and (personally) Beyond Blue , they help me send it away and keep on keeping on.

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