#VicSRCvoices: A day in my shoes

Wake up, eat, transport, walk, school, learn, repeat. Sometimes school seems like an execise in going through the motions. So what's it really like to spend a day in a student's shoes? Liang Xue kicks off our new #VicSRCvoices series.

Image by Peter Fong

Alarm goes off at 6:05. Beep beep beep.

Lately I’ve been waking up a few minutes beforehand, because I get suspicious that the alarm has not gone off yet. Upon rolling out of bed I would mentally remind myself to attempt to get to sleep earlier later that day, and cut back on watching The Mindy Project.

No matter how much I happen to sleep in, there is always time to squeeze in three weetbix and milk. Breakfast kick starts my day, though some of it ends up on my uniform.

The commute to school involves two trains and a bit of a walk. Often it involves me attempting to revise some legal or human health and development terms on a handy memory app called Cerego. It’s a tiny little effort to make myself feel more productive, while I am still half asleep while almost missing my station.

Coming to school each day at times does feel tedious, overwhelming or stressful.  Being in year twelve it feels like there is no slow period. After you cover a chapter of content in class, it’s suddenly time for another one. One sac down? Another three are rolling around the cover. There’s always something on, something you need to do and it all feels like its piling up. But that is year twelve for you. If you see life as a marathon, year twelve is the sprinting part of it, we’ll be huffing and puffing with cramps.

But the reassuring thought is, and if I may quote High School Musical – “we are all in this together”. It has been within the first few weeks of term that I have truly and fully leaned on to my friends, family and teachers for support. Nobody is going to smooth sail through this year, and I don’t think we’re meant too. This is the time when we make mistakes, when we become sleep deprived, when we become the best versions in our selves amongst the chaos around us.

I am slightly facepalming myself because it’s almost at the end of term 1, yet my study patterns are still out of control. They may possibly involve me singing to the soundtrack of Moana, and then spending half an hour drinking a cup of tea.

But hey each new day, is another day to try again and get it right. I’ll get it right soon. Ps you will be updated when it happens. 


#VicSRCvoices is a rolling series driven by the stories and experiences of student representatives. It’s about who we are; what we value; what drives us to act; and what fuels our passions to advocate for what we believe in.

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