Diving head first into her studies has paid off for Jasmine Kumar, who has joined the celebrated ranks of 2015 HSC First In Course achievers. The Good Samaritan Catholic College Hinchinbrook Year 12 graduate placed first in Business Services Examination from a pool of 1,140 candidates.
She was presented with her award by NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli at a ceremony at Australian Technology Park Sydney on Tuesday, December 15, a day before individual results were released. This year, 116 students of the more than 70,000 who sat the HSC received First in Course awards.
Jasmine, 17, mastered content across nine topic areas including business technology, working effectively in a business environment, Workplace Health and Safety and environmental sustainability to gain a real world perspective of business along with her stellar results. She also completed two weeks of work experience through the elective – one at Sydney engineering firm GHD and another at a small accountancy firm in Liverpool.
Jasmine said she was excited to receive the first in course award, though it was unexpected. “Right now I’m feeling a little overwhelmed,” she said. “I also placed first in the course at my school, but I didn’t aim for this. I just thought I’d do my best.
“I feel that because the course content matches really well with real-life, it’s easy to relate to and easier to learn and to remember. It had a very clear practical side as well as the theory and has given me a good view of how the workforce is going to be and where I want to go in the future.”
The HSC isn’t as daunting as it seems.
Jasmine balanced study with volunteer work for St Vincent De Paul initiatives to support the homeless including the charity organisation’s Brekky Van, Winter Sleep Out and Red Shield Appeal throughout the year. She is now considering a career in Science.
“My old principal always said you get what you deserve,” Jasmine said. “That’s what motivated me to work harder. You know you can’t get a good mark unless you put in a lot of effort. The HSC isn’t as daunting as it seems. If you take it one day at a time, you’ll get through it and be fine.”
Jasmine’s mother Keerti said the whole family were supportive as Jasmine completed her HSC year. “When we received the phone call it was overwhelming,” she said. “I was surprised but very, very proud of her. She has worked really hard and exceeded expectations.
“We tried to just keep her in a positive mind frame and sit back and let her do her own thing. Like the minister said in his speech, parents experience the stress of the HSC too but it was all worth it.”
Jasmine’s aunt Preeti Kumar said as the oldest granddaughter in the family, she had set a high standard. “At the end of Year 10 study she said ‘I’m diving into the deep end now’, and I think today she has surfaced and can breathe,” she said. “We’re all so very proud of her.”