Be guided by interests

April 26, 2018


By Suzie McPherson

At the beginning of Year 11 there is a lot of pressure on what subjects you should pick for your VCE.

After all, these subjects are supposedly going to determine what you study at university, which then in turn determines your career and your career determines how happy you’re going to be in adulthood and what quality of life you’re going to lead, right?

So, naturally, you need to pick all the high-end subjects, you know, the ones all the smart kids do.

Physics, specialist maths, chemistry, biology, methods and so on ... How else will you do well in school?

Well, I’m here to tell you that unless those are subjects you’re actually interested in and want to learn about or study further in university, you won’t do well, and you will be miserable doing them.

There is this weird theory that subjects that get scaled up are for smart kids, and that kids who do well in these subjects are going to do better than those who don’t, particularly kids who do more art-based subjects.

Now while that might be true in some cases, it isn’t true for every individual.

If you’re an artsy person and art is something you’re interested in, then pick subjects that accommodate for this. If you’re into health and fitness, pick subjects that teach health and fitness. If you like reading and writing, pick subjects that cater to this. I can guarantee you will enjoy your time at school, and the content, a whole lot more.

Don’t feel pressured to do subjects you have no interest in because you think they will make you seem more intelligent or because your smart friends are doing them.

In the end, it’s your learning, and the subjects you pick now will most likely have little to no bearing on your adult life.

VCE is stressful enough; there is no need to make it harder on yourself by doing things you don’t enjoy.

Suzie McPherson is in Year 12 at Shepparton High School.

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