Elise studies Year 12 at Braybrook Secondary College along with her twin sister Cassie. It’s been a tough year but this tight-knit family stays positive and focuses on looking forward.
What’s been the hardest part about this school year?
“Probably how unsettling it’s been, all the back and forth. The best scenario for us of course is to learn at school and I definitely prefer being with my teachers and my friends, but it’s the not knowing what’s coming next that’s been hard to cope with.
I miss being able to chat face to face with everyone, the one-on-one interactions with teachers, and catching up with all my friends.”
Have there been any unexpected perks with remote learning?
“Well, there’re a lot of distractions at home, which is both good and bad! I’m lucky my twin sister Cassie is in Year 12 too, so we’ve got each other. Sometimes during the first online class of the day we walk around and make breakfast while the teacher’s talking.
Sleeping in and starting the day in your PJs isn’t all bad! I’ve also chosen subjects I really enjoy which helps me stay motivated – business management, health, legal studies, English and psychology.”
What does 2021 hold for you?
“I’ll be going to uni next year. I’ve already locked in my place at VU through the VU Guaranteed program, before completing my final exams. With all the uncertainty this year, it’s nice to have some security for the future.
I was able to apply for VU Guaranteed as I attend one of VU's partner schools. We were all encouraged to apply; the process was really easy.
I’m hoping to study law. Legal is my favourite subject – I’m passionate about justice and I’d like to specialise in family law.
I really like the sound of VU’s Block Model. Doing one subject at a time – rather than what we’re doing now, juggling multiple subjects and assessments – really appeals to me. It would allow me to focus more and be less distracted.
I work part time in hospitality now. It’s good to know that with the Block Model's timetable and focused workload I’ll be able to manage a job next year and keep an active social life with my friends and my partner – if COVID allows!”