Getting a lower than expected ATAR is a bit like being bitten on the foot by a bull-ant, extremely painful (initially), maddeningly uncomfortable (indelibly) AND irritating (infuriatingly so) – guaranteed you WILL totter about feeling sorry for yourself. But the pain recedes, the bite heals, your mind adjusts and you WILL begin to see things clearly again.
When you look in the mirror (itchy foot and all), you still see the same old person looking back at you, your skills, abilities and talents haven’t changed, you are wiser perhaps with the attack on your being (foot &/or psych) – but, it is still you!
If you lock yourself in your bedroom, focussing on the pain and subsequent itch, then you won’t be able to use your new found wisdom to develop the ultimate ‘pathway’ attack. Because, there is always more than one way to skin the #poor_old_cat (however did they deserve such a horrendous end?) that will take you to where you want to go.
Really, when you think about it, you have just been handed a ticket to try a different route to your destination – that is all.
Take a deep breath, unlock your bedroom door and step back out into the fresh air.
Be like Katniss Everdeen and go forth & hunt! Your armoury might include:
- Calling, texting or visiting your Careers Practitioner (or whoever it is at your school that you feel comfortable talking to)…
- calling the uni or TAFE you want to go to….
- Going to one of the change of preference activities on offer (all Uni’s have them!)….
There are HEAPS of people out there who are paid to help you out… don’t be shy, make use of them and their services!
Remember: Scratching the itch will only make it worse, ignore it!