Danielle Carroll, 20, of Casino starts her HSC exams today - for the second time.
Danielle Carroll, 20, of Casino starts her HSC exams today - for the second time. Emman O'Neill / The Northern Star

Second go at HSC not as nerve racking

UNLIKE most of the nearly 70,000 anxious NSW students who begin HSC exams this week, Casino High School student Danielle Carroll is heading into familiar territory.

Three years ago, Ms Carroll completed the HSC, but didn't get the marks she needed to study early childhood development at university.

This week - older, wiser and with a set of new study tactics - Ms Carroll will be doing the whole thing again and hopes to finally achieve her goal.

“I am doing different subjects this time, and have studied more,” she said.

It has been a long and testing journey between HSC exams for Ms Carroll.

Following her first attempt at the HSC in 2005 she enrolled in an early childhood TAFE course.

However, this course was cancelled due to lack of numbers.

She soon realised the only way she could work in her dream profession was to go back to school.

While family members were supportive, a few friends told her she was mad to get out the old school uniform again.

Despite the mixed response, Ms Carroll re-enrolled for Year 11 in 2007, and has spent the past 12 months being a 20-year-old senior high school student.

“It's strange because now I'm in the same year as my friend's younger siblings,” she said. “Someone thought I was a teacher the other day.”

Ms Carroll said it was strange being four years older than a lot of her peers, but some had come to her for advice in the lead-up to the final HSC exam period.

“People haven't asked me too many questions, and it's usually little things like wondering if we have to wear our school uniform for the exam,” she said.

Ms Carroll said the exams definitely wouldn't be as nerve racking as the last time she did them, because now she knew what to expect.

“Waiting for the results will be just as nerve racking though,” she said.

TODAY'S EXAMS

9.25am: Business Studies

1.55pm: Aboriginal Studies, Information Technology

2pm: All CCAFL languages



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