DESPITE lacking focus throughout years eight and eleven, Trinity Grammar School student Jeremy Adams turned his attitude around and finished school with a 99.25 ATAR.
Jeremy made the Premier’s HSC all-round achievers list, top achievers in course list, placed fourth in Ancient History and made the distinguished achievers list.
“Between year 8 and the first half of year 11, I didn’t achieve all round good marks and the common theme at parent teacher interviews was that I lacked focus and was underachieving,” Jeremy said.
“I worked hard to change my attitude, when half way through year 11, I realised I was wasting important opportunities and marks were not where I wanted them to be.
“I was proud of the way that in a short space of time, I was able to work really hard to turn around not only my marks, but also my attitude to life at Trinity.”
Jeremy said the key to managing the workload was avoiding procrastination and taking advantage of opportunities to study.
“I just worked consistently and did what I said I would, worked my hardest and then found reassurance in the fact that I’d done my best instead of stressing about what I might get,” he said.
Jeremy’s favourite subject was Ancient History, and credits his teacher for inspiring a love of learning.
“We went far beyond the expectations and requirements of the HSC, because the focus wasn’t on the marks but the love of the subject,” he said.
“The classical style of learning through reading, debate and discussion helped everyone to develop their critical analysis in a way that no other subject paralleled.”
Jeremy said he managed the challenges of year-12 by balancing study with football and church.
“I found sport a good escape, but most importantly my faith,” he said.
“I made sure I never missed youth group or church for study.”
Jeremy hopes to study Law at the University of Sydney.
Laura Sullivan, Inner West Courier Inner West, December 17, 2018