YEAR 12 students across the Wimmera will receive their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank scores on Thursday.
Horsham's Holy Trinity Lutheran College's year 12 cohort will become the first students in the school's history to receive ATAR scores.
Year 12 student Sarah Barber said it felt special to make history.
"There's a certain element of pressure and expectation that we do well because we are the first year level to do year 12," she said.
She studied health, physical education, legal studies and English this year, and also studied further maths in 2018.
"I'm hoping to study teaching at RMIT in Bundoora, but I don't know whether I want to do primary or secondary yet," she said.
"I used to really want to go to Deakin at Geelong and then all the sudden wanted to go to Melbourne. It will be a good challenge (to move) and help me get out of my comfort zone.
"It might change once I get my degree but I've always wanted to go up north and teach Indigenous children."
Mackenzie Camilleri studied biology, psychology, health and English this year, and did further maths in 2018. She said she hoped to study nursing at Deakin University's Geelong campus next year.
"I'm quietly confident that I'll get the score I need but at the end of the day I can't predict it," she said.
"Because nursing is so popular there are so many different pathways. If I don't get the score I need, I don't have to stress too much."
Mackenzie said she would consider moving back to the Wimmera after finishing her degree.
"I would love to do nursing in the more regional areas for the first couple of years and then consider coming back to a rural area; it would be completely different and great to get that experience," she said.
Josiah Mock studied English, accounting, chemistry, physics and history revolutions this year, and studied maths methods in 2018.
He said he hoped to study a double degree in commerce and science at Monash University's Clayton campus next year.
"It's pretty broad, but I'm hoping to get into genetics. If I wanted to do grains research I could definitely come back to Horsham after university, but there aren't many options if I wanted to do human or animal genetics," he said.
Headspace Horsham youth engagement and community development co-ordinator Louise Barnett encouraged students to think about the bigger picture when it came to achieving their goals.
"The road to success can mean some struggles along the way. If we don't achieve the results that we had in mind, it's totally okay. There are always other ways to achieve your goal, just on a different timeline that you had planned," she said.
"When we experience a false start or road bump, it's important to draw on resources to help us refocus and feel better."
She said tips about dealing with change could be found on headspace's blog at headspace.org.au/blog/how-to-change-how-you-react-to-things.
She said people could also seek support by:
- Talking to a Skillinvest worker at headspace Horsham on 5381 1543
- Talking to someone from eheadspace on 1800 650 890 or online at www.eheadspace.org.au
- Talking to someone from Digital, Work and Study team at headspace on 1800 810 794
- Contacting Youth Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636 or Lifeline on 131114
ATAR scores will be available from 7am on Thursday.
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