The 2017 New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC) results were released on 14th December. For those who wish to attend a university in 2018 – or perhaps 2019 if they take a gap year – the ATARs (Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks) were released the following day.
For many, their efforts and high hopes will have been rewarded. For others, feelings approaching despair in some cases! More than once I have answered knocks at my office door, fielded phone calls, text messages or e-mails saying something along these lines: “I didn’t get the ATAR I need to get into my course. My life might just as well be over!”