Jessica Cook

Jessica Cook

Class of 2016



Dear me,

You should be so proud of how far you have come. Although it’s taken so much to get where you are today, you’ve achieved so much already in your life, and now there’s only a little bit left to do at school… conquer the HSC. I’m not going to lie, it will be stressful and it will be tough, but this will be far from the hardest, toughest thing you’ve ever done. I know you will stress and get anxious at times, but no matter how much you study and how much work you’ve put in all these years at school, go into those exams knowing you’ve done enough to prepare and walk out feeling that you tried your absolute best. Don’t psych yourself out – you’re so hard on yourself, but you are smarter than you actually give yourself credit for!

Believe me when I say (and everyone else says) that all this hard work is going to be worth it. There is absolutely nothing better than knowing that you couldn’t do and give anymore; that you gave it your all. Although it’s perfectly normal to feel stressed during this time, just know you’re not alone, everyone is probably feeling the exact same way. These exams aren’t the end of the world either, and the only person you need to make proud is yourself. So work hard, don’t stress too much and just do your best. I have no doubt that you will do great. Plus at the end of these horrible next few weeks, you’re free; you will have the entire summer off to relax before getting into that fashion business course next year – something that doesn’t rely heavily on your marks. You’ll kick butt!

Jessica and her Year 12 Posse!

Jessica and her Year 12 Posse!

If I had to give you some top tips to make sure that these exams don’t completely drive you insane, these would be it:

  • Practice makes perfect– just keep practising for each subject, little by little, day by day, all this practice will pay off. I mean, look at how much you’ve improved since your English trials, for example. You have day in, and day out to perfect all of that content, and it’s certainly paying off! Yes, it will get tedious and boring, and you will get frustrated when you don’t know or understand questions and concepts, but just take a deep breath and power through.
  • Get help from your teachers – even if it’s just emailing through an essay, it will make such difference. Maybe on one of your off days, you could even take all this work into school and sit down with your teachers to better understand everything. They just want the very best for you and are always happy to help.
  • Manage your time in the exam – you don’t want to be exceeding time constraints and rushing to complete questions by the end of the exam period. Make sure you keep an eye on that clock and keep yourself to time. If you are running out of time with your essays, for example, just cut out an example! Sometimes it’s better to have only a few examples with more analysis than lots of examples with almost no analysis.
  • Don’t dwell on the results – after the exam, think to yourself, “OK, I’ve done the best I could do and I should be happy with whatever result I get”, and then move on! There’s no point in dwelling over things you could’ve done better or changed – it’s over, it’s in the past.

And most importantly, remember to slow down, breathe deeply and focus on one thing at a time as you are very capable of doing anything you set your mind… trust me, I know. So go and wipe the floor with those HSC exams!

Good luck, my friend!

Friends for LIFE!

Friends for LIFE!


Thank you to the fabulous Jessica Cook for this Open Letter. 

A part from completed her HSC, Jessica is a 17 Year Old Blogger, Amateur Photographer. Foodie, WWE Lover and self-confessed chocoholic. 

Make sure you check out her blog Molly and Gizmo here for the some epic advice and fashion tips!


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