Many senior secondary students around Australia are under considerable duress at this time of year. The Trials for the HSC, VCE and other State based credentials are over and students have received their results.
It is often the case that results are not as good as the students hope.
As a result, they sometimes feel dejected. It can be difficult to get motivated in these circumstances, but they have little or no choice. There is nothing they can do to change the past.
There are other pressures. Schools, parents, peers, siblings, the media all bang on endlessly about “what course (and that invariably means what university course) are you going to do after you finish school?”