D-day for HSC students
By Fay Knight email@example.com KARA BUSSELL, 18, of Goonellabah, will be setting her alarm for 6am today, along with thousands of other anxious HSC students.
It will be about then, depending on how the online system copes with the expected onslaught of fraught teenagers logging on to the results site, she will learn how all her exams went.
Yesterday, Kara was shopping for Christmas gifts in Lismore with her mother, Joanne, and family friend Kylie Wilson, of Lismore.
"We're going online to find out and mum is going to get up, too," Kara said.
Kara, who attended Lismore High, said she was 'a bit anxious' about her results, but also excited.
"I'd like to get into dance at the Conservatorium," she said. "I've done dance for years.
"But I'm also interested in child care. "If I can't get into either I'll definitely do dance classes."
However, right now Kara is more interested in finding work as she's not planning to go straight into uni next year.
"I worked at Woolworths in Lismore Square during high school," Kara said. "But these days I think you need your HSC to get most jobs."
Joanne Bussell was not too stressed about how her daughter would go today.
"I feel very proud of her," Joanne said. "She finished Year 12 and studied hard. The HSC's a bit of a beacon at the end. "I know I'll be up early."
Kylie Wilson has a sister in Sydney who is receiving her UAI tomorrow.
"I'm confident for her, she's a pretty serious student," Kylie said yesterday. "I'll probably call her tonight to see how she's feeling because I probably won't get hold of her tomorrow!"
Kara and her friends will be comparing notes on their scores via their mobiles.
"We'll definitely talk, but we'll save the going out for Friday or Saturday," Kara said.