Chevalier College student Melanie Tolnay flew in from Thailand yesterday to discover she may have done enough in her HSC to do Medicine.
Melanie phoned for her University Admissions Index (UAI) almost immediately after getting off the plane.
She was supposed to be relaxed after spending a couple weeks at the island with her mum.
But the few minutes on the UAI results line proved to be the most tense time of her life.
She recorded an impressive 98.6 – just pipping her good friend and class mate David Chessor who was at her Bowral house yesterday celebrating the good news with her.
“I would have to say I was even more nervous than the exams themselves,” Melanie said.
“I am really pleased … pleased for all my friends as well. Everyone I know seems happy with their results.”
Melanie, who sat 4 Unit Mathematics as well as 2 Unit Physics and Chemistry, has applied to do Medicine through the rural enrolment scheme.
She will find out whether she’s been successful for an interview in January when final round university offers go out.
David, meantime, said he will study Biochemical Engineering at the University of NSW. He will learn of the success of his scholarship application sometime next week.
Like Melanie, he praised the support of family and friends during the exam period which he described as “an ordeal for all students”.
“Everybody’s got a lot of hopes and dreams and for a lot of these students, these results will be the realisation of that,” he said.
“I guess, for me, the HSC dictates where I am going, but that’s not the same for everybody. Other people may have already mapped out there future.
“But what a lot of people don’t realise is that the HSC exams don’t spare anybody. We all have to go through the ordeal.”
Results for the State’s 62,883 HSC students were released via telephone and Internet Monday morning, with the UAI available yesterday.
However, many of Melanie and David’s friends will wait until Friday when results are posted.
“Some of my friends are more comfortable with the idea of receiving them in the post,” Melanie said.
NSW Education Minister John Aquilina said 69 students had achieved a mark of 90 per cent or more in at least 11 units.
He said 39 of those students were from government schools.
“They deserve our recognition and wholehearted congratulations,” he said.
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