IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT ... Alstonville High School Year 12 student Jess Hauenstein, 18, is thrilled to have finished her HSC exams.
IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT ... Alstonville High School Year 12 student Jess Hauenstein, 18, is thrilled to have finished her HSC exams. Marc Stapelberg

HSC students breathe a sigh of relief after final exams

HSC students were able to breathe a sigh of relief as the last hurdle in their final Year 12 exams was cleared.

For many, sleep was top on the list of things to do when the last exam, visual arts, was over at 3.30pm yesterday.

Alstonville High School Year 12 student Brianna Holdstock was calmer than most, having already been accepted into an interior design course in Melbourne.

The 18-year-old said she applied for a design school in Melbourne because creativity was one of her strengths.

Although Brianna had already been accepted, she said finishing the HSC was a relief, because it alleviated the guilt of not studying.

"Now I don't have to think 'I should be studying right now'," she said.

The course doesn't start until mid-2016, but Brianna said she would be busy for the next six weeks at least, skiing in Canada for her version of schoolies.

For fellow Alstonville visual arts student Arielle Gale, the end of HSC exams meant time that could be dedicated to new projects, like an online blog.

"I really want to get into blogging and actually use my time to create something instead of just worrying about school," she said.

"It's just exciting knowing I'll have all this time to do what I want to do."

Alstonville Year 12 student Chris Baker said he was considering doing concept art or tattooing next year.

During the HSC exams, he was busy juggling study as well as preparing portfolios for his design school applications.

Year 12 student Jess Hauenstein said she would enjoy the freedom that came with the end of exams.

"I think I went okay - I'm just glad it's over," she said.

"I was more relaxed because I knew it wasn't going to be harder than any of the exams we've done all year."

More than 12,000 students across the state sat the final HSC exam yesterday.



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