THURSDAY is a pivotal moment for the future of about 500 Orange teenagers as it is the day they find out if they are accepted into university.
Main round university offers will be available to those students who applied and former Orange High School student Taylor Rumney is not too worried about what might be thrown her way.
“I applied for a few things, a few bachelor of arts courses and things like that but I’m still not too sure what I want to do, I’m going to take this year to decide,” she said.
In the meantime she said she was happy working at Byng Street Cafe and entering the first stages of adulthood.
With a little bit of luck and a little bit of faith, what comes on Thursday might help her make the decision, she said.
Taylor said her friends were keen to find out which university accepts them, but the fear and nervousness that surrounded the Higher School Certificate results were well and truly gone.
“Everyone is just excited now,” she said.
Former Kinross Wolaroi School student Erin Smith is not worried about what comes her way on Thursday because she needed a 95 ATAR mark in her exams and finished with 97.7.
“I want to study midwifery at Newcastle,” she said.
Erin noticed the ATAR marks required for many allied health courses did not change much from the year before, so she said most students knew what they had to achieve to be accepted into the course they wanted.
“Except psychology, that went up, it was really popular,” she said.
She plans to study midwifery and then do medicine as a post-graduate course, despite being offered medicine courses late last year.
Erin sat the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test in June, which is a compulsory test to study medicine. The test analyses a student’s personality, problem-solving abilities and their emotional state of being.
“Most of the doctors I spoke to throughout the year said they prefer students who do post-grad medicine,” she said.
“They'’re not 18, they’re 21, 22 and more mature.”