NEWHAVEN College dux Shae White has soared amongst her talented peers to score a 98 ATAR ñ the highest in the 2020 class.
Twelve other Newhaven College students achieved an ATAR in the 90s, including Dylan Beck, Will Brusamarello, Freja Campbell-Walker, Caitlin Hunt, Cailen Lone, Flynn McMahon, Bethany Scott, Mia Stratmann, Tristan Thomas, Jack Thornborrow, Kelsi Vanderstaay and Kelvin Young. Kelsi achieved a perfect score in Product Design and Technology.
Shae will look to study medicine or biomedicine in 2021.
The Sentinel-Times caught up with Shae to hear about her year and some words of wisdom from the prospective doctor.
1. How did you overcome challenges to study well in 2020?
Maintaining structure and routine every day was extremely important in helping me study well in 2020. Being at home, I was challenged with the temptations to be doing other activities, but by being organised and following a timetable, much like the timetable I had at school, I found it much easier to study. Further to this, whilst home schooling was difficult and undoubtedly a challenge for all, I believe it did come with some advantages. The shift to remote learning meant there were more abundant resources online which students could access, and I used these resources to my advantage to study smarter and not harder.
2. What is a skill that you may not have developed if it wasnít for the lockdowns?
Moving into my first round of remote learning, I was fortunate to have a strong sense of self-motivation stemming from my ambitions to get into my preferred course. However, without the lockdown, the opportunity to really hone self-direction and independence with regards to learning would not have presented.
3. What are your favourite subjects and why?
Prior to remote learning, math subjects had always been my favourite. However, the major shift to remote learning at the start of the year surfaced my interest in psychology. This is, as many of the area of studies in psychology, directedly related to things I could personally relate to in my life. For example, we learnt about the brain and the way it learns new information, which assisted me in studying in better ways.
4. Do you intend on studying further and if so, what and where?
I hope to attend Monash University in 2021 and either study biomedicine or medicine, to help me achieve my ambition of becoming a doctor.
5. What would you recommend to other students embarking on VCE?
For students embarking on VCE, I recommend that they maintain a balance between school and their personal life. Despite VCE being challenging and taking up lots of time, I believe itís important that people continue doing what they enjoy doing to ensure that they donít necessarily burn out before the end of their schooling journey. Furthermore, I would suggest that students make an effort to stay on top of their schoolwork. VCE can easily become overwhelming if you fall behind, as schoolwork will continue to keep coming.
6. Do you have any teachers or friends that you wish to thank?
Iíd like to thank all of my teachers who taught me throughout my schooling. Whilst many people focused on the difficulty students experienced shifting to remote learning, the impact this had on teachers and the way they plan their classes was dramatic. I am extremely appreciative of all of their efforts to make our Zoom classes interesting and challenging. I would also like to thank my home group teachers who we met with every morning via Zoom, who helped us with any of our remote learning struggles. Finally, I would like to thank my year level coordinator ñ without her and her weekly bulletins, messages of support to the cohort, and special packages sent to home, I donít know what our year level would have done.